Joe Johnson: Nets Shooting for a Title
SI.com: So is the goal to win a championship in Year 1? Or do you look at Miami and think, “Wow, even they needed a year to figure it out and gel”?
(Joe) Johnson: That’s what we are shooting for — the ring. There’s no need to sell ourselves short. You talk about gelling and figuring it out, and I think we have the perfect pieces: a great point guard, a great center. I don’t think any of our positions are the same or overlap at all.
SI.com: You can play small, too, with Gerald Wallace swinging to the four and you to the three. Have you talked to guys about that kind of Xs-and-Os stuff yet, or is it too early?
Johnson: To be honest, I’ve only talked to Deron (Williams) and the coaching staff. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to the rest of the guys.