Joe Johnson continues to aim for a comeback in the NBA. The seven-time All-Star explained this in an interview at the weekend after he was named MVP of the three-on-three league BIG3 for the second time in a row.
“I’m not finished yet,” said the 40-year-old TMZ. “We’ll see what happens. To be honest, I can’t tell you anything for sure. But I’ll try to get things rolling.”
Johnson played his last NBA game in the 2017/18 season when he played a total of 55 games for the Jazz and Rockets. A year later he tried his hand at a comeback, but was unable to prevail in the Pistons’ training camp in the fight for the last place in the squad.
In April 2021, he took part in a Milwaukee Bucks workout, but was not offered a contract. In addition to his successful appearances in the BIG3, Johnson has also been seen in The Basketball Tournament or for Team USA in the qualification for the AmeriCup in recent years.
“Iso-Joe” made it to the All-Star seven times in 17 years in the NBA and put on an average of 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He experienced his most successful time with the Atlanta Hawks, for which he appeared from 2005 to 2012.
For Johnson it will likely be difficult to get an invitation to a training camp as many teams already have a full roster. Nevertheless, he is still motivated to strive for his comeback and to continue to lace up his sneakers despite his high athletic age. “I just love playing basketball,” said Johnson.