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Johnson: "Nets Have to Have Swag"

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July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson addresses the public at a pep rally for the Brooklyn Nets at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson addresses the public at a pep rally for the Brooklyn Nets at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

On a morning when the other New York backcourt is in disarray --Jeremy Lin apparently headed to Houston, Landry Fields already gone to Toronto -- the Post and Daily News have feature stories on Joe Johnson. Joe is not as celebrated as Jeremy, but does have six straight All-Star selections and an All-NBA team nod to make up for it.

In a Q. and A. with Steve Serby in the Post and a Stefan Bondy profile in the News, Johnson talks about his excitement in joining the Nets, his confidence that his team is better than the Knicks, how he and Deron Williams fit together, his parents and his huge contract which in a big market and on a team owned by a gazillionaire no longer defines him.

"The Brooklyn Nets have to have swag, " he tells Serby. "And it starts with confidence. You can’t go out hoping and wishing, but you have to know and feel that way before you take the court. I think we should all feel that we’re a pretty good damn team."