Lichtenstein: Unimpressed By Fast Start, ‘Big Shot’ Joe Sends Message To Nets

November 11, 2014 11:15 PM

Lichtenstein: Unimpressed By Fast Start, ‘Big Shot’ Joe Sends Message To Nets
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" It’s no secret that the Nets’ 4-2 start to this young NBA season carries an asterisk because the combined record of their six opponents is 13-28. Brooklyn’s upcoming three-game western swing will surely provide a bigger test for Lionel Hollins’ squad.  Starting with Wednesday’s game in Phoenix, the Nets will play seven games in 11 days, with all but one (Milwaukee) versus teams that are legitimate postseason contenders.

The last thing the Nets need at this time is an unhappy Joe Johnson.

Johnson, a 2014 All-Star and the Nets’ go-to scorer down the stretch of tight games, is not one who usually shares his beefs with the media.

Shortly after Sunday’s 104-96 home victory over Orlando however, Johnson tweeted “I’m off this —t!!”  When asked to elaborate after Tuesday’s practice, the normally soft-spoken Johnson ripped into his team for playing “selfish” basketball. Johnson feels that when the Nets have had the ball his teammates “kind of exhaust their options and then when there’s nothing else for them, then they’ll pass it when they have to.”

The outburst seemed strange, considering the Nets are third in the league in points scored per 100 possessions "

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