Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson’s first season in Brooklyn didn’t end the way he wanted it to.
Johnson went 2-for-14 from the field in the team’s season-ending loss to the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
“It hurts,” Johnson said Sunday. “But I’ll just try to put it behind me and use it as fuel coming into next season.”
Johnson was plagued by plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Nets GM Billy King admitted Sunday that if the Nets had advanced on to the second round, Johnson wouldn’t have played in at least Games 1 and 2 against the Miami Heat.
“I just gotta rest it,” Johnson said. “But in no way if we made it to the next round was I not gonna play. I don’t make excuses man. I go out there and give them everything I got.”
Johnson was asked what the teams needs moving forward.
“I don’t know,” he replied. “I think the chemistry for us learning one another this first year was pretty good, and I think next year us having have that cohesiveness and getting through the trenches, going through the ups and downs together this first year will definitely help us going into this second year. Everybody kind of knows what to expect and everybody kind of knows their role.
“I thought we kind of came into training camp this year blindfolded. We didn’t what was going to happen or how we were going to do everything. We just kind of learned as we went along the season. I think coming into next year we kind of have a vision on what we want to do.”
Johnson, who tends to score off isolation plays, thinks the team needs more ball movement on offense.
“I just think we definitely need it where we can get more movement and put guys in better position to score the basketball,” Johnson said. “In the playoffs, it’s hard to play so much iso basketball, one-on-one, especially when you’ve played a team six times. That was probably one thing that kind of hindered us.”
What would he like to see in the next coach?
“Just hold guys accountable. That’s it,” Johnson said. “And define roles.”