Joe Johnson tells media Nets team “plays selfish”

Updated: November 12, 2014

In a strange twist after Brooklyn Nets practice the usual docile Joe Johnson decided it was the right time to let everyone, including his teammates, know that he thinks the team is “playing selfish” and that they will get stomped on the upcoming road trip if they don’t correct the situation fast.Weird right? Not

The Nets had just won two in a row after Sunday’s 104-96 win over Orlando and their quietest player comes out and send an cryptic tweet from an account he rarely uses.

Johnson knows that the way they have been playing to start the season is not the same way they played in preseason and sharing the ball is paramount to the Nets success this season.

He spoke to reporters about it when they asked about his tweet from the prior night.

 “Defensively we help from time to time,” Johnson said after practice on Tuesday. “Offensively, I think guys kind of exhaust their options and then when there is nothing else for them, then they’ll pass it when they have to. For the most part, we have been very selfish.”

“Just some frustration obviously,” Johnson said. “I am not hiding anything. I just thought we were 4-2, six games into the season, I know it’s early, we haven’t played anybody.  I just didn’t think that as individuals, as players that we all have each others backs out there. I felt I didn’t believe it. I go back and I watch the tape just to try to get a different perspective. My feelings haven’t changed.”

He continued:

“There is no way that you can play like we’ve played,” Johnson said. “You can’t go out on the road like that and play against these caliber teams, Phoenix, Golden State and Portland, those will be double-digit losses.

“Honestly, I have no idea how it changes,” Johnson later added. “I don’t know if it is just the opponents we are playing. We will see what happens tomorrow. I don’t know.”

I totally agree with what Johnson had to say and applaud his efforts in getting the point across from his teammates that iso-ball and dribbling the ball to death for 20 seconds will not work against good teams.  This team has a ton of offensive weapons and for them to rely on as many isolation’s and stagnant ball movement possessions is unacceptable.

Kudos to you, Joe Jesus’, for stepping up like a true leader does and let everyone involved know that you want it to different this year and not another repeat of last year.

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