HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

With Miami down by one and time running out, Rashard Lewis somehow got a pass from underneath the basket to James, who rose as Plumlee jumped to contest the play. Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit the four-time MVP's hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got the call they wanted. "My initial thought was to just foul and make him earn it at the free-throw line," Plumlee said. That's precisely what the Heat thought he did. "He grabbed my right hand," James said. "He didn't do it on purpose, but he got my right hand." Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "It was a foul from my vantage point. But what can you do?" ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Both Kidd and Johnson were hit with technical fouls — Kidd for arguing an out of bounds call early in the second quarter, and Johnson for arguing about a foul call after the halftime buzzer sounded — to add insult to injury on a night the Nets were routed by their crosstown rivals, 110-81. “Frustration,” Kidd said in explaining his first technical foul as a coach, after initially joking it was an “accidental” technical. “I thought the ball went out [off J.R.] Smith. I was wrong. “I pressed it too much, and got [a technical]. No big thing.” New York Post

Johnson’s technical was equally surprising, as it came after the half had ended and he walked over to speak his mind about what he thought should have been a foul call late in the second quarter. “It was just about a call,” he said. “That was it.” Johnson added he got an apology from the referees because he made a mistake on the original call, but said, “It means nothing.” New York Post

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Who was the toughest player for you to guard during your career? DA: There was a couple. When I played it was tough. I was a tough guard but think about it, you had these shooting guards: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, JR Rider... Just naming those guys, you knew you had a tough night every night and if you watched on TV you said 'Man, this is a great game!' Now you can't name me five apart from Kobe [Bryant], [James] Harden and maybe Joe Johnson... It was fun back then. Mario Elie, Allen Iverson was a two-guard back then... There was a bunch of talent. Now? There's nothing. HoopsHype

Things are good in Brooklyn. The Nets are not where they hoped they would be -- spend $189 million on payroll and luxury tax penalties and anything less than 45 wins by the All-Star break is a disappointment -- but they are far from where they were. "We have overcome a lot this season," Johnson said. "To be .500 at this point, hopefully we can keep climbing, keep building and try and become a better team." SI.com

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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

January 23, 2014 Updates

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