Joe Johnson Says ‘I’m Not Done’ in NBA Amid BIG3 Success – Bleacher Report - Techy Hunters

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Joe Johnson Says ‘I’m Not Done’ in NBA Amid BIG3 Success – Bleacher Report

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Seven-time All-Star guard Joe Johnson
said he’s aiming to make an NBA comeback after winning back-to-back
MVPs in the BIG3 basketball league.

“Nah, I’m not done,” Johnson told
TMZ Sports in an interview released Saturday. “We’ll see what
happens here. … We’ll see, man. We’ll see. I don’t have nothing
definite to tell you, to be honest with you. But, I’mma be out here
trying to get some stuff done.”

Johnson hasn’t played in the NBA since
splitting the 2017-18 season between the Utah Jazz and Houston
Rockets.

The 40-year-old University of Arkansas
product has continued to make an impact on the court, though. Along
with his BIG3 success, he also played in The Basketball Tournament in
2020 and represented Team USA in February’s qualifying games for the
2022 FIBA AmeriCup.

“I just love hooping,”
Johnson told TMZ.

“Iso Joe” averaged 22.8
points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals across eight
appearances for the Triplets during the 2021 BIG3 season.

In April, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype
reported Johnson was set for a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, who
had an empty roster spot ahead of the playoffs. Johnson wasn’t signed, and the Bucks went on to capture the 2021 NBA
title.

Although he didn’t land a contract from
Milwaukee, the role he would have filled as a sharpshooting bench
weapon for a contender is likely his best fit if he does make it back
to the NBA.

Johnson told Steve Drumwright of Red
Line Editorial in February he’s content with his career, even if he
doesn’t make an NBA return, but he’s willing to listen if a team
calls.

“I’ve enjoyed my [17] years in the NBA. I
had a great time,” he said. “Now, with that being said, if an
opportunity comes and I feel like I feel it’s worth it, hell yeah,
I’ll play again. No doubt.”

Johnson was a first-round pick of the
Boston Celtics in the 2001 draft. Along with the C’s, Jazz and
Rockets, he also made stops with the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn
Nets and Miami Heat while averaging 16 points across 1,276 career NBA
games.



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