Everyone had their say Wednesday morning at practice about Joe Johnson's "selfish" comments -- Lionel Hollins, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Johnson himself. Joe wasn't backing down, Hollins said it means "nothing," D-Will admitted that sometimes the team has been selfish and KG implied when someone like Johnson speaks, it's worth paying attention.
Here are the beat writers' tweets from Phoenix, where everyone admits the tale will be told tonight.
Joe Johnson didn't back away from anything he said the past three days, & said the proof of whether they had an impact would be seen tonight— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 12, 2014
Lionel Hollins on Joe's comments: "I read all of that. It means nothing. It’s one guy’s opinion. He’s entitled to it."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 12, 2014
Hollins on Joe Johnson: "I think the one thing he might not have said and take back, I think he’d take back was saying 'selfish.'"— Stefan Bondy (@nydninternets) November 12, 2014
Deron: "At times, I think there’s definitely selfish play out there, but I don’t think it’s constant." He doesn't feel it's a big issue.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 12, 2014
KG: "... I think for one of our star players to come out and call out our team and not an individual says a lot." #Nets— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 12, 2014
Joe Johnson said he is not a vocal leader on this team: "I try to lead by example. ...DWill is the captain, him and Brook."— Stefan Bondy (@nydninternets) November 12, 2014
KG on Joe's critique: "Usually when you make a comment like this it’s severe. You would like to keep it internal. But we’re professionals."— Stefan Bondy (@nydninternets) November 12, 2014
KG said you don't last long in "this league by just whispering or being a nice guy or a guy the ladies like. You’ve got to be an asshole."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 12, 2014
Mirza Teletovic, speaking with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts from Phoenix, said he didn't agree with Johnson's comments but said, "It wasn't anything serious," and the team was in good spirits Wednesday morning at shootaround. He said he believed Johnson was "definitely" trying to motivate the team as they begin a three-game road trip. Of Bojan Bogdanovic, Teletovic said he's "adjusting unbelievably" to the NBA game due in part to his "huge basketball IQ."
- Mirza Teletovic Interview (Audio) - Joe Benigno & Evan Roberts - WFAN
- The Brooklyn Nets are 4-2, and yet no one is happy - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Kevin Garnett agrees with Joe Johnson's criticism of Nets - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Kevin Garnett takes issue with Joe Johnson's 'selfish' rant - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
The evolution of Joe Johnson and the real-talk void on the Nets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post