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Kevin Garnett explains Joe Johnson’s nickname: ‘Joe Jesus’

Jan 8, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

Kevin Garnett used to play with someone nicknamed Jesus Shuttlesworth, but Garnett has tried to erase Ray Allen from his life.

Now, Garnett is playing with a new teammate he calls Jesus: Joe Johnson.

“He might not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him,” Garnett said in the NetsDaily video. “Joe Jesus.”

Garnett has a point.

Of the four players who’ve made at least three shots this season while their team trailed by three or fewer points or was tied in the last 30 seconds – Kevin Love, Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague and Johnson – Johnson has the lowest scoring average. Last season, Johnson led the NBA in such baskets with eight. And, again, he averaged fewer points per game than anyone else – LeBron James, Al Horford, Dirk Nowitzki and Rudy Gay – who made at least five of those shots.

As athletes’ nicknames have sputtered into a combination of initials with jersey numbers, first initials with first syllables of last names and other unimaginative forms, this is a winner.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Kevin Garnett needs to retire. His beef with Ray Allen is laughable now that he waived his no-trade clause to skip out on a rebuilding team since his friends wouldn’t be there anymore (Doc and Pierce). He’s turning into a joke. This season should be his last as his numbers are the lowest of his career and they won’t get much better with time.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      KG was traded. Ray went ring chasing. That’s fine but you shouldn’t compare the circumstances.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        KG could not have been traded unless he wanted to be traded. There isn’t much difference between what he did and what Ray Allen did, except that Allen was able to see the writing on the wall sooner.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Yah, I mean Pierce did have to convince Garnett to waive his no trade clause (he considered retiring) he made the same choice Allen did. I don’t think either should be crucified for it. (Thanks KG and Pierce for the draft haul), they both did the same thing.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        KG accepted the trade to a hand-picked team that was supposed to be title contenders. Very much the same. At least Ray Allen was a true free agent.

    • pharohislife - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      You guys are all mistaken, KG did it out if loyalty, to his brother Paul Pierce and to the Celtics organization. Ray did not. So there is a slight difference.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Before this season, when the whole Doc Rivers and Clippers thing was going down, all I heard about was KG following him there. Not Pierce. He went to a team with 2 other players (Pierce and JET) to make a transition to a supposed title contender easier.

  2. davidly - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Houston should trade Asik for Garnett.

  3. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    In terms of height to width ratio, Kevin Garnet has got to have the skinniest head known to man .. in the history of the world.

  4. patriotsarespygaters - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    U Miami bandwagon idiots on top stop trying to compare Ray Allen and Kevi Garnett situation they are totally different check the bloody facts

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