Andy Vasquez profiles Joe Johnson Sunday. The Nets' 6'8" swingman will play in his seventh all-star game Sunday night ... his seventh in eight years. That should tell you he's competitive. He may look like Joe Cool, but underneath, Vasquez writes, there is a burning desire, one that's fueled by non-stop testing and competition from buzzer beaters to Bikram Yoga to NBA 2K.
As Vasquez writes, the Nets early season woes confounded Johnson, but he remained cool. He only lost it once this year and that was Thursday when he and Jimmy Butler got into it and Johnson, as Vasquez writes, "reached out and swatted him on the head." He was assessed the 13th technical of his career ... in 12 years.
One reason for his calm under pressure is yoga, notes Vasquez. He goes through grueling 90 minute sessions to clear and his mind and stretch his body.
"Anywhere we're at, I find a place," the Nets shooting guard told the Record writer. "It doesn't matter. I walk into a regular class. I don't do private. Sometimes people notice me, but for the most part if they do notice, nobody really says anything. So it doesn't bother me, it doesn't bother people who I do yoga with. It's been cool."
Indeed it has.
Nets: All-Star Joe Johnson is Brooklyn's Joe cool - Andy Vasquez - The Record