Joe Johnson is 33 years old and has two years left on his contract. A lot of pundits have him high up on their list of overpaid players, but among those who don't are the people who pay his salary. They know what he makes and pay it --and the luxury tax-- willingly.
After his seventh all-star season, tenth most among active players, Johnson looked like he could go on for several years more. He takes care of his body --recently becoming a devotee of yoga-- and plays big minutes. In fact, over the last decade, only one NBA player, LeBron James, has played more minutes, something Johnson didn't know until it was recently pointed out to him.
So how much longer can he go on at a high level? He recently answered five questions posed by Sports Illustrated, the last one about whether he thinks about retirement.
"I don’t. I don’t even think about it," he said. "My body is feeling great, so I’m just going to keep going. When it doesn’t, then we will see what happens."
As for how he sees Lionel Hollins using him, Johnson said it hasn't changed much.
"I’m not sure it changes much. I’m still asked to make plays on both ends of the floor. I’m still running pick and rolls, running a few isolation plays. For the most part, he is trying to make it as simple and easy as possible."
- Five questions with Joe Johnson - Sports Illustrated
Overpaid and Underrated: Joe Johnson Will Quietly Carry Nets Back to Postseason - Fred Katz - Bleacher Report