Will Joe Johnson be back in the NBA for the 2019-20 NBA season? That’s the question posed by Big3 commentator Brian Scalabrine, and on Sunday Johnson’s case to return to the association got that much stronger.
Sunday was the Big3 season finale, with Johnson’s Triplets taking on Stephen Jackson’s Killer 3s. In the rush to reach 50 points — the game-winning threshold any Big3 team must reach to win a game — Johnson proved most important.
In a baseline out of bounds situation, Johnson ran across a screen at the nail and grabbed an easy 3-pointer over Jackson to give the Triplets an 11-point victory.
That’s a pretty incredible moment, made even more so by the fact that Triplets coach Lisa Leslie had already won Big3 Coach of the Year following the championship berth.
LeBron James was in attendance at the final at Staples Center in Los Angeles, prompting folks to wonder whether perhaps he might be looking to add Johnson as a veteran presence to the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
I’m not sure about that, but Johnson still being able to get buckets at age 38 is pretty impressive — more impressive than Carmelo Anthony taking a bunch of bad shots in a gym against Julius Randle, I guess.