Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight
Joe Johnson, who spent the better part of four seasons in black and white, will return to the Barclays Center for the first time as a member of the Utah Jazz.
In a classy move, the Brooklyn Nets will honor Johnson with a sweet video tribute tonight that’ll have plenty of source material to pull from.
After a few short-lived playoff runs, Johnson was bought out last February as one of Sean Marks’ first moves as general manager, thus allowing the potential Hall of Fame candidate a chance to chase to ring. Although his tenure with the Miami Heat only lasted a few months, his signing with the Jazz over the summer gave a young, athletic team a gritty veteran with a penchant for the big-time bucket.
Of course, the Nets acquired Johnson in 2012 for Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, a 2013 first-round draft pick, and a 2015 first-round pick swap. The move was made to team up the sharpshooter with Deron Williams and form ‘Brooklyn’s Backcourt’ as the franchise made the move from New Jersey.
While it certainly didn’t live up to owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s lofty expectations, Johnson provided a majority of the Nets’ best memories over his time in Brooklyn.
The seven-time All-Star is considered the one of the best Nets to ever put on a Brooklyn uniform and he averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game during his three and a half years with the franchise. Although Johnson never helped deliver a championship to the borough, he was consistent, durable, earned a trip to the 2014 All-Star Game, carried the Nets to a playoff series win over the Toronto Raptors, and had plenty of clutch performances along the way.
Kevin Garnett once called him “Joe Jesus,” officially tagging the clutch Johnson with the franchise’s best nickname in years. But why?
Before tonight’s Nets-Jazz showdown, take a look at some of Johnson’s game-winners, ankle-breakers, and record-setters!
Welcome home, Joe!