It’s hard to think of a time in NBA history when Joe Johnson hasn’t been criticized for what he was making, or his potentially overstated value to a team. In 2005, when Johnson was a free agent being courted by the Atlanta Hawks, the contract and trading package Atlanta gave up for him set off a literal court argument between Hawk ownership factions, with one side thinking that the rebuilding franchise was giving up too much for the scorer. In 2010, Johnson’s massive six-year, $119 million contract extension was criticized even before he was allowed to set pen to paper.
Now a Brooklyn Net, Johnson is still hearing the same criticism for those that think that $19.7 million is too much to pay for a player that averaged 16.3 points per game (with a combined 6.5 rebounds/assists) in the regular season. In a conference call with reporters on Sunday, Nets interim coach dismissed such criticizing, as relayed by ESPN New York:
Read More »from P.J. Carlesimo on Joe Johnson’s critics: ‘I would call them uninformed or basketball unintelligent’
Responding to a question during a Sunday conference call about how critics think Johnson is too reliant on isolation plays, settles for too many jumpers and isn’t worthy of his max contract, Carlesimo replied, “It’s hard to be polite and answer the question. ‘Critic’ is such an ambiguous term. I would call them uniformed or basketball unintelligent. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. It would be hard for me to think that there was an intelligent basketball person making a statement like that about Joe Johnson.”