HoopsHype Joe Johnson rumors

October 26, 2014 Updates

About a year ago, Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson received some amazing news: His mother, Diane, was cancer free. Diane Johnson, a single mother who raised her son in Little Rock, Arkansas, by working the graveyard shift as a nurse at a psychiatric ward, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma -- a rare form of cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow -- in 2008. Her cancer had been in remission following several rounds of chemotherapy and a couple stem-cell transplants over the years. “She’s great, man. She’s cancer free,” Joe Johnson said Saturday. “[We found out] about a year ago. So she’s been great. She’s actually been living here with me in New Jersey. It’s great, man. I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.” ESPN.com

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There is an old perception that James wasn't comfortable trying to recruit marquee players to come to Cleveland during his first tenure because he was afraid of how he would be perceived if they declined. James said he simply had a hard time convincing anyone to come to Cleveland. Hughes signed with Cavs, but he could never stay healthy. "I recruited [before] I left here," James said. "I just didn't win nothing so nobody wanted to come with me. I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd. I recruited Joe Johnson. I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn't win. They didn't want to come to Cleveland." Yahoo! Sports

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Hollins said he has reached out to all 15 players on the roster, and heard back from all but two: Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. But Hollins said he wasn’t worried about that, and by the time the players return to the area in September, he’ll have spoken to everyone. “The important ones are the young guys and the new guys that are coming to the team,” he said. “I’ve had chances to talk to Brook [Lopez] on multiple occasions and Deron Williams, and so it’s been good. When we get to September, when everybody comes in I will have talked to everybody on the team and we’ll go forward.” New York Post

May 13, 2014 Updates

Joe Johnson wasn’t impressed with LeBron James’ defense against him in the final minutes of the Nets’ 102-96 loss to the Heat in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Monday night. “I wasn’t necessarily trying to draw the foul on him,” said Johnson, although James had five fouls while defending him, “but I thought he was aggressive, so I was just trying to use his aggressiveness against him. “[But] he flopped that last one.” New York Post

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“I was just trying to make it as difficult as possible, give him a different look, try to be a pest out there,” the 6-foot-7 Fields said following practice at Barclays Center on Thursday. Johnson didn’t give him much credit, saying Fields was “nothing more than a fresh body.” Johnson said the Nets watched film of what Toronto did to him and promised “we’ll clean it up for Game 3.” New York Post

April 19, 2014 Updates

The regular season is in the books and the Nets are ready to start their expedition to a championship for the second straight year. Through all the agony and doubt in the early season due to poor play, to the rejuvenation of this Nets team in the year 2014, we've finally made it to game one of the NBA playoffs. Who better to play in the first round, than the Atlantic Division-champions, Toronto Raptors. The Nets began this best of seven series, Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors, winning 94-87, in a tightly contested battle the entire way. The game was tied in the fourth quarter, but on the backs of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and some big shots from Paul Pierce, the Nets notched a huge road victory. NetsDaily

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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