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September 3, 2019
Joe Johnson never actually retired from the NBA. He just didn’t get signed by an NBA team after the 2017-18 season split between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.
So in 2019, he joined the BIG3, where he capped off his BIG3 MVP season by hitting the game-winner to give his team the Triplets the BIG3 Championship.
Now the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and New Jersey Nets are working out Joe Johnson to get him back in the league.
Johnson, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, played in the NBA for 17 seasons making seven All-Star appearances, an All-NBA 3rd team and was known as one of most lethal scorers in the league. For his career, he averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, tallying up 20,405 points and over 40,000 career minutes. Johnson’s longest stretch with a team was with Atlanta from 2005 to 2012, where he became Eastern Conference Player of the Month on multiple occasions and led them to the postseason five times.
Joe Johnson did not appear to be getting these calls from NBA teams until clips of him burying jumpers in Stephen Jackson’s face got passed around. Johnson was always a player that could score on anyone anytime.
The 2019 BIG3 Championship game between the Killer 3s and the Triplets.