(CBS Native Sports activities)– Joe Johnson is 40 years previous, however he’s proving that he’s nonetheless among the best basketball gamers on the earth. The 7x All-Star is likely one of the many former NBA gamers shining within the Big3, which is the league created by Ice Dice and leisure govt Jeff Kwatinetz for gamers exterior of the NBA to proceed to play the sport they love. Week 7 begins this Saturday, August 14 at 1pm EST/PST on CBS and will likely be streaming on Paramount+.
Johnson is at present the main scorer within the league with 152 whole factors and he has probably the most steals and whole discipline targets. The previous Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets star lately chatted with CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith about what it’s prefer to play within the Big3, his favourite recollections from his 18 yr NBA profession and the time he bought to protect Michael Jordan.
“This yr, I’m simply lucky sufficient to have the ability to compete. We’ve been by means of a lot as a rustic over the previous yr and a half,” mentioned Johnson. “To lastly get an opportunity to compete and have followers come to the sport has been superior. Jannero Pargo is my teammate and we performed faculty ball collectively. We’re at all times speaking, at all times in touch and at all times attempting to provide you with a recreation plan. We’re at all times understanding collectively and that’s comforting. I do know so many guys on all the opposite groups.”
“A number of of them reside in Atlanta and we work out collectively and play decide up collectively,” mentioned Johnson. “It’s all been enjoyable. There’s Josh Smith, Jarrett Jack and Josh Powell and these are guys I’ve been taking part in with over the previous few summers and it’s enjoyable to return out on the large stage on CBS and compete.”
The tenth decide within the 2001 NBA Draft averaged 16 factors per recreation throughout his 18 yr NBA profession and averaged over 20 factors per recreation for 5 straight seasons whereas he performed for the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson performed for the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Warmth, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. His offensive prowess earned him the nickname “Iso Joe” and he’s nonetheless getting buckets within the Big3 similar to he did within the NBA.
“It’s my past love and I worth that and simply because I’m not taking part in within the NBA doesn’t imply I nonetheless can’t play basketball at a excessive stage,” mentioned Johnson. “I handle my physique, management what I can management and attempt to go on the market to compete and have enjoyable. The Big3 is entertaining and it isn’t as straightforward as it might look or appear. If you’re in form, you’ll be alright. For me, I grew up within the Hoopfest taking part in 3 on 3 once I was 13 or 14 and I received that. I bought to thank Ice Dice for placing this league collectively. I performed 18 seasons and it’s such a toll in your physique. For those who don’t do the issues you want to do to maintain your physique sturdy, you’ll ultimately break down. For me, it’s simply the longevity and having fun with the sport.”
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