With the Houston Rockets' season coming to a disappointing end after being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Golden State Warriors, NBA veteran Joe Johnson now has a big decision to make regarding his future in the league.
The 36-year-old barely featured against the Warriors despite potentially being able to make some impact with his experience.
Johnson has spent 17 years in the NBA and was one of the best offensive players in his prime.
But those days are long gone and reporters were keen to know if his brief cameo in the Game 7 loss to Golden State would be his last outing.
His answer was prompt and confident as he immediately revealed what he plans to do.
“Hell yeah, I want to keep rolling,” Johnson told ESPN. “I’m not even thinking about [retiring].”
The swingman also said he’d be interested in re-signing with the Rockets as his main focus will be on winning a championship this late in his career.
“I would love to have a chance to win a ring,” he said. “I thought we had a great opportunity, man. It slipped away from us. I want to go to a contender. I don’t want to just be out here playing just to be playing.”
As a seven-time All-Star and All-NBA player, he has had an impressive career but has never featured in the NBA Finals.
Johnson made a breakthrough with the Phoenix Suns during his three and a half year stint with the franchise but went on to become a star with the Atlanta Hawks, where he led them to multiple playoff appearances.
Throughout his career, he's been referred to as "Iso Joe" due to his devastating one-on-one ability.
He's also one of the most clutch players of his generation as he's frequently knocked down buzzer beaters over the course of his 17 years in the league.
Johnson has averaged a respectable 16.0 points for his career, with his best campaign coming in 2006-07 where he posted 25.0 points per game for the Hawks.
The Rockets became the seventh franchise he's represented as he's bounced around the league in recent years.
His experience in the locker room will still be valuable to a lot of teams and he's likely to find a landing spot in the summer but it's unclear if he'll remain in Houston.
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