Brooklyn Nets star Joe Johnson has lashed out against his teammates, calling them “selfish” and questioned his team’s unity.
The 33-year-old shooting guard complained to the US media after the Net’s practice on Tuesday about the lack of harmony between the players despite their positive start to the season.
According to CBSsports.com, Johnson explained: “For the most part, we’ve been very selfish. It’s just kind of what it is. 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.”
Johnson, who was traded to the Nets from Atlanta in July 2012, added he has reviewed the games on tape and still maintains his on-court feelings.
Even though the Nets are playing well and getting positive results, as a group they haven’t gelled which could cause big problems down the line.
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“I’m not hiding anything,” Johnson added. “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.”
So far Brooklyn have taken victories against Detroit, Oklahoma, New York Knicks and Orlando while falling against Boston and Minnesota. From their opening six games, the Nets possess the third-best offence in the NBA, albeit against weakened opponents.
Johnson concluded that if the team didn't sharpen up their team performances they might suffer heavy defeats against stronger opposition.
Johnson admitted that they’ll get “double-digit losses” against Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers if they didn't work together better.
Despite Johnson’s concerns, the Nets have recorded a strong start to the season and are second in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Toronto Raptors having played two games less.