When you are an NBA player who’s team awards you with a six-year, $119 million deal, that’s a sign that you are expected to be the go-to guy, and leader of that team, especially come playoff time. The Atlanta Hawks gave just such a deal to Joe Johnson this year, and once again Joe has failed to show up in the post-season.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Joe Johnson is a fine player, and he
brings a lot of good things to the Hawks. But Johnson has never been
that guy to just take the team on his shoulders and get the job done.