Less than a month ago, before Brooklyn finally decided to win some basketball games, the possibility of any Nets making the All-Star Game in New Orleans seemed incredibly bleak.
Enter Joe Johnson. Joe Johnson’s game-winning buzzer beater in Oklahoma City against the Thunder on January 2nd jump-started his stalling team. Since the new year, the Nets have the best record in the NBA. Analysts have made arguments over the snubs of Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Indiana’s Lance Stephenson, and Johnson spoke in length about his All-Star selection.
“I don’t care,” Johnson said, according to Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record. “I don’t care, man. It is what it is, you can say whatever you want. What’s done is done, it’s over with.”
Johnson wasn’t expecting the selection. “I didn’t even get a chance to watch it. I was actually asleep and found out an hour, hour and a half later. But I’m happy man, and I’ll enjoy it. Every time I’ve been, I’ve had a great time and I’ve really enjoyed the whole weekend.”
The All-Star reserves are selected by a group of NBA coaches. “To get selected by the coaches means that much more,” Johnson said to the Record. “It kind of just shows where we’ve come from as a team, man. This is a tribute to the coaching staff, the players the whole Nets organization, because just a month ago this couldn’t have happened. So to be selected, this is definitely an honor for us as Nets.”
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