Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  13 responses

Joe Johnson: Struggling Hawks ‘Self-Conscious’ About Who Scores

When Joe Johnson assesses his team, which has lost 7 of its last 10 games, he sees a squad featuring some players who are a tad too concerned with their own stats. From the AJC: “When I look at our team, we are a very talented team, but I [don’t know] whether guys know their roles or not,’ Johnson said. ‘We know the right thing to do. A lot of times we don’t come out and do it. I just think we should all have one agenda, one goal and that is winning the basketball game. Not who scores what, who does what. I think we are too self conscious about [who is] scoring and the little things that really don’t matter. For us to win the game we have to put all of that to the side and help one another on both ends of the floor. If we don’t do that, we are going to continue to struggle to win games. I think we have to put a lot into perspective about how good we want to be as a team or what direction we are headed in or what are our goals. Right now I’m not sure if everyone has that one common goal – and that is winning. We’ve had spurts where we’ve played great together. The ball movement has been great. We’ve had times when we haven’t been so great. Times we haven’t been so great, we have struggled as a team. I know it’s noticeable. I think we just have to start getting the ball into the right people’s hands who make plays, who score the basketball and make others better. That’s it.’”

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  • Kilo

    Or maybe you guys just suck.

  • Kyle

    Keep Teague, trade everyone else

  • Kyle

    Teague and horford

  • Ldub

    This coming from ISO Joe…lol. Hawks dont suck but you can see the past few games have been garbage. Idk if it started when the Heat murdered them or what, but their energy has been horrible. There is no team concept/chemistry and without that, you might as well call yourself the Atlanta Wizards.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    keep z-pac. nothin eaaaasy, nothing eaaasy, we going to game 7 baby (youtube gold)

  • bike

    Your teammates want to make as much as you do Joe, and it’s dawned on them they don’t have to be that good to rake in $20 mill a year.

  • http://slamonline house

    20 mill a year for that? SMH

  • AdamD

    Joe Johnson is not a max player, he just happened to be a free agent the year that lots of teams had the cap space to sign him. That isn’t really his fault. The fact is though that he has been consistent for the Hawks for several years now, he’s on the decline now, but his role in turning the hawks from doormats to a regular playoff squad cannot be overlooked.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    am I the only one that read that and thought he was talking about Josh Smith and/or Marvin Williams?

  • Bawse

    Joe should understand. The hawks miss their best player Jamal Crawford. Anyone following the hawks knew he was their best player. Joe has no heart and half the time is disinterested in the game. He is a glorified 3rd bananna.

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com truth serum

    since this hawks team has been together i never thought they were being coached right

  • Brahsef

    Lulz. Joe Johnson went from the most underrated player in the league to the most overrated as soon as he got paid. Hes a damn good player, but just not a max contract player. But he made his money, I cant blame on that, I’d accept that contract too. Set for life.

  • jimmer

    cosign Bawse. If Joe Johnson is your go-to guy, you are not a good basketball team.