For Johnson, a Smaller Spotlight Might Make For a Better Career

July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson addresses the media at a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

In an interview with Bruce Beck on Mike'd Up two weeks ago, Joe Johnson talked about how Brooklyn might "revitalize" his career. He didn't explain how, nor did he need to. The combination of his rare skills and a monster contract had put a lot of pressure on him in Atlanta. He was "the man" on a team that never quite delivered. He seen as disappointing.

Now, although he is going to a team in a bigger market, he won't need to be "the man." That role falls to the other member of "Brooklyn's Backcourt," Deron Williams. Hoops Addict takes the reader on a review of why Hawks fans were happy to see him go and why Nets fans are happy to see him arrive.

"In Brooklyn, unlike in Atlanta, Johnson won’t be the main man," Ryan McNeill writes. "The Nets are Williams’ team. Johnson will play a big role, but he’ll be expected touch the ball far less. We should see a lot less of the ‘Iso-Joe’ version of Johnson that was on show in Atlanta—and that’s a good thing."

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