The NBA season is only a couple of weeks old and already we have seen a number of teams succumb to in-fighting.
Earlier this week we heard Oklahoma City Thunder duo Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka lament Reggie Jackson for his selfish shooting play and now Brooklyn Nets' perennial All-Star Joe Johnson has unleashed his own passionate rant about his own teammates' struggles with the concept of team basketball.
Johnson's outburst came out of the blue at the end of the nets' Tuesday shootaround, and the veteran wasn't holding back in speaking out against what he has seen so far this season.
"For the most part, we've been very selfish."
The Nets can boast a winning record so far this season, going 4-2 through the first six games, but Johnson is worries by what he has experienced out on the court.
"It's just-as individuals, as players (we have to) have each other's backs out there," Johnson said via David Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game.
"I just felt, I didn't believe it. I go back, and I watch the tape, and I watch film just to try to get a different perspective, and I mean, my feelings haven't changed."
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The Nets record may look fairly impressive as it stands but Johnson is clearly wary of issues on both offense and defense that are threatening to expose Brooklyn's true position.
"Defensively, we help from time to time, offensively, I just think guys kind of exhaust their options and then when there's nothing else for them, then they'll pass it when they have to," he continued.
"For the most part, we've been very selfish.
“We’re 4-2 six games into the season, but it’s early. We haven’t played anybody, and the Minnesota game (is) obviously a game we should’ve won. I thought this last game that we played against Orlando was almost a carbon copy.”
Securing wins against a depleted OKC Thunder, a rebuilding Knicks and struggling duo of Detroit and Orlando, it's fair to say Brooklyn's schedule hasn't exactly been filled with elite teams to date.
As such perhaps Johnson is right to call out his teammates at this stage, his words serving as a warning that things will get a whole lot tougher as the campaign progresses. As a seven-time All-Star he certainly has the right to do so.
It will be interesting though to see how his teammates react. They and Joe Johnson are next up against the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.