And when he wasn’t talking championships in a Q&A with Steve Serby of the New York Post, he was explaining why the Nets are now better than the Knicks. And defining “swag”. And talking about how the Nets have so much swag. All of this despite the fact that these new look Brooklyn Nets have never been on the court together.
Q: Why did you say the Nets are better than the Knicks?
A: The Brooklyn Nets have to have swag, and it starts with confidence. You can’t go out hoping and wishing, but you have to know and feel that way before you take the court. I think we should all feel that we’re a pretty good damn team.
Again, all of this without one practice with his new team.
Q: Define swag for me.
A: Swag’s confidence. Regardless of what people may say or what people may think about you have to be confident, and that’s having swag, how you carry yourself, how you walk, how you talk.
Ok. Next question.
Q: On a scale of 1-10, where are you on the swagmeter?
A: 9 … 9 ¹/₂. Maybe I should be a bit more rah-rah, outgoing and talkative, but it’s really not me.
Hear that Hawks fans? His swag is at 9, 9 ½. Too bad that swag didn’t lead the Hawks past the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Q: How long will it take for you to help bring a championship to Brooklyn?
A: Honestly, not long. I think we got some great pieces to put us in position to win a title, honestly. … This could be probably the best team I’ve ever played on.
Not sure we agree with this, Joe. Those Phoenix Suns teams with Steve Nash in his prime and Amar’e Stoudamire pre-knee injury were pretty tough. And we won’t even get into that whole “not long” statement regarding winning a championship.
At any rate, look at Joe Johnson talking all big. Now if he can just translate this big talk to the court in big situations.