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Behind the Scenes with Joe Johnson

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Behind the Scenes with Joe Johnson

Photograph By Art Streiber for ESPN The Magazine

Nets guard Joe Johnson got his nickname in the most unlikely of places: a grocery store in Atlanta. "An older man recognized me and said, Every time I see you on TV, I say there goes ol' Tippy Toe Joe,'" Johnson says. "I told my family and friends about it, and now they call me Tippy Toe." The moniker is so perfect that we decided to bring it to life in the first of a series of homages to those nickname-inspired posters made famous by John and Tock Costacos in the late '80s (think Karl "the Mailman" Malone dressed as, what else, a mailman). So step to it, Tippy Toe.