Brooklyn Nets All-Star Who Played Against Michael Jordan Makes a Legendary Comeback to the NBA

Published 12/22/2021, 10:49 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Marinko Matosevic of Australia at their men’s singles first round tennis match on second day of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The 2021 NBA season has been unexpected in every way. Since over 80 players have entered the league’s health and safety protocols amidst an outbreak that is spreading like wildfire, the NBA along with the players union has decided that replacement players can be signed, with January 19 as the date for implementation.

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However, before the rules change, there have been some unexpected signings by teams. One of the names that have emerged in the course of this is Joe Johnson, who was pivotal to the Celtics on his debut itself.

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Moreover, the interesting part about this signing is that not only was Johnson drafted before LeBron James in the course of their respective careers, but he has also played against Michael Jordan.

Boston Celtics sign former opponent of Michael Jordan

From late January onwards, teams will be given permission to sign replacements for their absent players. Of course, the circumstances under which they’re allowed to do so, are also quite specific. Until that happens, teams need to do some damage control. So, they have decided to give certain former NBA players a chance to make a short comeback.

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Just a few days ago, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Isaiah Thomas on a 10-day contract. Now the Boston Celtics, too, have brought back former All-Star, Joe Johnson. Iso Joe hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2017-18 season.

What makes Johnson’s comeback special is, now he is the only current NBA player who has locked horns with Michael Jordan during his career.

 

In fact, his debut game against the Cleveland Cavaliers was even better than expected. He really had a big impact on their 111-101 victory.

How helpful can Joe Johnson be to the Celtics?

As of now, the Celtics have five of their players in the league’s health and safety protocols. Among them are Josh Richardson, Al Horford, and Jabari Parker. Naturally, the need for finding replacement players is at its peak.

With Johnson on the roster, the Celtics will have someone they can rely on, from the bench. Also, he can be a great mentor for their superstars, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

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Dec 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Joe Johnson (55) drives against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Although the outbreak has really put a damper on the season and this is a tough time for many, seeing former players return has really helped fans get back their excitement.

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Now whether Joe Johnson lives up to the expectations, is another discussion altogether.

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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