Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  9 responses

Joe Johnson to Show and Prove in Playoffs

Johnson knows full well that how he (and the Hawks) performs this postseason could turn out quite beneficial for his bank account once July 1st rolls around. From the AJC: “The Hawks open the playoffs Saturday night against Milwaukee. This needs to be Joe Johnson’s time. Not just because his play will help determine how far the Hawks go this postseason. Not just because he is nearing free agency and potential bidding teams (including the Hawks) will ask, ‘What did he do in the playoffs?’ But because Johnson needs to prove something – and he’ll be the first to tell you. ‘I’m going into these playoffs with a chip on my shoulder,’ he said. ‘Not only do I want to prove I’m one of the best players in the league but that we have one of the best teams in the league. Honestly, I’m really not trying to prove it to anybody but myself. I just want to know that, if necessary, I can put this team on my back and take us as far as we can go.’ This is what a Hawks fan wants to hear. Their best player wants to take over.”

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  • underdog

    ATL all the way to the top!!

  • T-Money

    What is this “if necessary” business he is talking about? You better put in WORK.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This is actually why he left Phoenix. So he could know in his heart that he could be The Man on a team and that team could have success.
    I’m a massive Joe Johnson fan, I love his game and I have him ranked right below Kobe and Wade and ahead of Brandon Roy. (I know that’s controversial.)
    However, I’m not sure if he can be the best player on your team and your team be a true championship contender unless you have overall superior talent. I don’t think the Hawks have that, so I don’t see them really going past the second round, and having a pretty tough battle to get out of the first round. But, I could be wrong.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Go Joe go.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Ree Roe

    Go Hawks. Sounds good, but this Hawks fan remains skeptical.

  • JuicePig15

    JOE SHOW!!

  • ThatGuy

    Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford this postseason will be AWESOME then you add Josh Smith and Al Horford WOOOOOO!

  • $tev3

    ThatGuy pretty much said everything

  • Sparty’s Law

    So “show and prove” means “lose in the second round?”