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Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
Position: G-F
Born: 06/29/81
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $10,254,904
His [Joe Johnson’s] addition has helped add depth, but perhaps it’s the ease of his transition that has helped sustain the Rockets’ success. “He just knows how to play so it wasn’t really difficult for him to get comfortable and get into a role,” said D’Antoni, who coached Johnson with the Phoenix Suns. “When the playoffs come, we’ll see how it all works out, but he’s one of those players that whatever system, whatever you do, he’ll adapt to it.”
Johnson’s versatility may be one of the primary reasons the swingman has melded so effortlessly with teammates who’ve been asked to defend or assume different roles and positions throughout the season. “He, like a lot of veterans, has seen it all. You just tell him what he needs to do and he’ll do it in a heartbeat,” D’Antoni said. “That’s the difference between a great veteran and rookies is that they haven’t seen it so they don’t know. …The veterans we have, yeah, it applies to every one of them. They adapt to defensive schemes, offensive schemes, and they’re just on another level with their experience and how they know how to play.”
This has conspired to make the Rockets an ideal spot for veterans to succeed. Less movement means less wear-and-tear on the body, lending a new air of ruthless efficiency to a team that has defined it in the modern era. “We got a lot of guys that have been in the league for 10-plus years,” midseason acquisition Joe Johnson told SB Nation. “That’s ideal for me. I think it gives the coaching staff a sense of how to work with us, so to speak, as opposed to having a bunch of young guys, you bring them to practice, you run them, you kill them. We don’t need that.”
The Jazz executives who sat in on Johnson’s exit meeting back on Feb. 8 have nothing but good things to say about Johnson, a seven-time All-Star who helped the Jazz win a playoff series last year. The meeting, it is said, ended with hugs. “I wasn’t trying to leave on bad terms, you know what I mean?” Johnson said. “We had a good run. Obviously things shifted to where they’re playing more young. They’ve got a good core here. So, you know, i just felt I wanted something a little different.”