Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
Joe Johnson's an All-Star again
Looks like the Nets will have a representative at next month's All-Star Game after all.
Joe Johnson was named as one of the Eastern Conference reserves Thursday night, earning an All-Star nod for the seventh time in his career. Johnson has been the Nets’ steady rock, consistently bailing them out with nine games of 20 or more points and registering 30 or more points three times.
Johnson, who’s averaging 15.9 points per game, became the 14th player in Nets franchise history to garner All-Star honors.
"On behalf of the entire Nets organization, I want to congratulate Joe on his selection to the 2014 All-Star game," GM Billy King said in a statement. "Joe epitomizes what a true professional is and we are thrilled at this honor."
Hours before the announcement, Johnson wasn’t sweating a possible All-Star nod.
“Nah, not at all,” he said. “Like I’ve said, this has been a pretty good month for us as a team. It’s nothing that I’m looking looking forward to or [am] anxious about reserves. I think the guys who will make it deserve it and that will be that.”
Now, he's Bayou Bound next month for the All-Star Game, which is slated for Feb. 16 at New Orleans Arena.