Former NBA shooting guard Joe Johnson praises his former team, the Brooklyn Nets, for the moves they’ve made this offseason.
On Sunday, former Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson returned to the Barclays Center. Johnson, now playing in the BIG3 professional league, hit the game-winning shot for the Triplets, who topped Tri-State 50-37.
After the victory, Johnson, 38, spoke to the media about returning to his old stomping grounds.
“From coming in the entrance to walking through this hallway obviously brings back some great memories, I had some great times here,” Johnson raved, per Ed Easton Jr. of Empire Writes Back.
Johnson played for the Nets from 2012-2016. Brooklyn became one of the seven teams he played for throughout his 17 year NBA career.
Being that Brooklyn made a splash this offseason (signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving), Johnson had some advice for the newest additions to the organization.
“Just enjoy the process, I think they have the talent to win a title, obviously, they gotta mesh and see how things turn,” Johnson said. “I’m not surprised it’s still New York, The Mecca of basketball so to see that they got two of the top players in the NBA it doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m looking forward to it, I thought it was a great offseason for the league. We should have a great NBA season coming up.”
Johnson ultimately praised the Nets for making the moves they’ve made. The signings could turn them from just a playoff team to a championship contender in the Eastern Conference.
“They’ve (Nets) done a great job of putting together a great team so over the next three years they’ll definitely be championship material,” Johnson said.
The former NBA shooting guard was a seven-time All-Star. In 1,276 career games, Johnson averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. He did this all on 44.1% from the field while shooting 37.1% from behind the arc.