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What's Next For Joe Johnson?

Joe Johnson
Courtesy of turner.com

By: Lakisha "KB" Brooks
With the embarrassing performance in the second round of the NBA playoffs, many questions surround the Atlanta Hawks. As Mike Woodson’s tenure with the team came to an end this week, some ask, who else will go, and who will stay? Many wonder the fate of all-star guard, Joe Johnson. Johnson arrived in Atlanta from Phoenix in 2005, and became a perennial all-star. In five seasons with the Hawks, Johnson has averaged 21.9 points per game, made the Eastern Conference All-Star team the last four years, and was even a starter for this year’s game. He has helped the Hawks improve its total wins each of the last five years. This season found the Hawks with its best record since the 1996-97 season. In addition, Johnson was named to the All-NBA Third Team. Though Johnson has received a number of awards and accolades while in Atlanta, he has also had his fair share of criticism. He is constantly accused of not being "tough"enough, and some believe he is not clutch and is incapable of being a leader and true superstar. Johnson came up fire for his comments regarding the Atlanta fans booing the team in Game 3. "They don’t bother me," Johnson said. "It’s about us in the locker room. We could care less if they showed up or not." He did later go on to apologize for his comments, but perhaps, the damage has already been done. Johnson heard a number of boos in Game 4 from the home crowd. So with a damaged relationship with the city of Atlanta, what is next for Joe Johnson? He is a free agent this summer, along with superstars such as, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Johnson did not make a good case for himself against the Magic, as he averaged 12.75 in the series. Only time will tell where he ends up. Sources says Chicago is looking to sign Johnson.

2 comments:

  1. Dude. He is so sorry. He needs to leave the A

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  2. JJ is not sorry he is a great guard who said something out of fustration which the fans did as while with the booing of him in game four he has some problems in the 2nd round and all the so called fans flip like switches so apparently they were not loyal fans in the first place but in other words I hope he stays with the HAWKS and help us bring a championship to Atlanta
    GO HAWKS!! Yes I am that confident that they could do that! So I will be watching July 1 to see what happens and hopefully everthing will workout.

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