HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors


February 21, 2014 Updates

If the Nets do sign Jason Collins and bring in the NBA's first openly gay player, that's perfectly fine with his prospective teammates. "We would accept it greatly and it shouldn't be a problem, man," Joe Johnson said Friday as the Nets (25-27) prepared to take on the Warriors (33-22) Saturday night. "We've got a veteran group and I think everybody is pretty comfortable in their own skin. It's about what he can do to help us out there on that court. That's what it's about." Newsday

February 19, 2014 Updates

Bill Simmons is out with his annual list of 30 worst contracts and although Amare Stoudemire, and not Joe Johnson, is at the top of the list, Simmons has three current Nets -- Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the top 21 -- a possible future Net, Marcus Thornton at No. 11. In his final tally, Simmons has D-Will at No. 5 and Joe Johnson at No. 4 We've all read what Simmons thinks of those two, not to mention Billy King, so let's focus on what Grantland's founder thinks of the Nets target, Thornton. Not much love there as well. NetsDaily

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

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Johnson beat out Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, among others. Lowry’s teammate Patrick Paterson even directly compared Johnson and Lowry, tweeting Lowry’s “numbers are better & he’s on a winning team. So how is he not the obvious choice?” Well, on Friday morning, Johnson responded to those who say he’s undeserving. “I don’t care,” Johnson said. “I don’t care, man. It is what it is, you can say whatever you want. What’s done is done, it’s over with.” Bergen Record

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Johnson has cooled off considerably since his hot stretch earlier this month, and nothing changed in Monday night's 104-103 loss to the Raptors. He shot 3-for-10, including 1-for-4 from three-point range, committed four turnovers and scored 12 points. In the last three games, he has shot 6-for-22 and totaled 23 points. "It's about rhythm,'' Johnson said. "Some nights, man, it finds you and some nights it don't. Probably the last three, four games, it hasn't been the luck of the draw, so to speak, for me. But as a team, we've been playing pretty well. So I've been cool with it.'' Newsday

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The Knicks (15-26) have lost four straight — all by double digits — and fell three games behind the red-hot Nets (17-22) in the standings. There were chants of “Let’s Go Nets!’’ and “Brooo-klyn’’ in the World’s Most Famous Arena, mixed in with boos and a late “Fire Woodson!’’ chant. None of those chants can be good for Woodson’s future job security. Joe Johnson, not Carmelo Anthony, was the best player on the court as he scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half. New York Post

January 15, 2014 Updates

“That’s probably been the biggest thing in those situations. When I get the ball, I’m looking strictly to score. I’m never looking to pass, honestly, unless a defender is coming to where there’s two defenders on me, then I’ll pass. But I’m looking to get a bucket. . . . Four or five seconds is an eternity in basketball.” New York Daily News

The “clutch” shooting percentages for Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant all pale in comparison to what Johnson has done the last two seasons. The Nets guard has been the league’s best closer, dubbed “Joe Jesus” by teammate Kevin Garnett because, “He may not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him.” “Maybe because I’m a pretty good one-on-one player, or maybe because I’m bigger than 95% of the guys who guard me,” Johnson, who is 6-7, says in a recent sit-down with the Daily News. “All that probably plays a factor into it. I didn’t even realize in late-game situations until about the fourth year in the league that guys are not helping with five seconds on the clock. They don’t double you. New York Daily News

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Still, they needed one final clutch basket from the guy who's made so many of them. In the past season-plus, during the final 30 seconds of a game in which the margin is no more than three points, Johnson is 12-for-14. Naturally, he asked Jason Kidd for the ball. And Kidd obliged. "We believe in him. He has the resume," said Paul Pierce, who started at power forward as Kidd teamed him with Deron Williams (season-high 29 points, six three-pointers, five steals), Shaun Livingston, Johnson and Kevin Garnett. "When you have the resume, everybody's trust is in him. You know, we trust him that he's gonna get the good shot. It's good to have a guy like that on your team. "We believe. I mean, it don't matter. I could have been on fire. D-Will's on fire. This is our guy down the stretch. Like I said, the resume is there. He's our guy, and if he's 1-for-15 or 1-for-20, we want him with the ball with five seconds left on the clock." Newsday

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