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Joe Johnson says he shouldn’t have been laughing on bench during blowout loss to Knicks earlier in season

Apr 15, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

The last time the Knicks played the Nets, they dealt Brooklyn a 29-point loss back on April 2 that was decided well before halftime.

New York led by more than 30 points at times in the second half, leading to extended garbage time that apparently went on too long for two of the Nets’ veteran players.

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson were shown during the nationally televised contest having some laughs while on the bench late in the game, and Jeff Van Gundy called them out for their less than professional behavior during the broadcast.

In advance of the final meeting between the two teams this season, Johnson said that Van Gundy was right.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“(Van Gundy’s) probably right. We shouldn’t have been laughing,” said Johnson, who was spotted on television smiling and laughing with teammate Paul Pierce multiple times over the course of 3½ minutes in garbage time of a 29-point defeat at the Garden two weeks ago. “I can’t remember honestly what Paul said, but it had to be super funny for me to laughing and for us to losing the way we were losing.”

The scene on ESPN prompted Van Gundy, a television analyst, to declare on the air, “I don’t think it’s too much to ask that you’re taking it seriously.”He later said it was insulting to Nets fans and was “a horrible look for the league.”

Van Gundy wasn’t appalled or anything, and was merely pointing out that if any die-hard Nets fans were still watching, the reactions of Pierce and Johnson were less than desirable. While it was really just a minor transgression, it’s still nice to see that Johnson recognizes it.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    He was laughing because he remembered how much money he talked some idiot into signing him for.

  2. campcouch - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Jeff Van Gundy needs to cut out the jibber jabber with his co-broadcasters then. He should be more serious too!

  3. chicagosports2014 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Think it’s good to see any emotions from Joe Johnson

  4. michaelxvo - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    The guy is good for life. He will never worry about putting food on the table for the family for the rest of his life. He has been laughing like that right after that 100 million dollars contract.

  5. sonnysuave - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Geez, that wasn’t laughing… doods were just chucklin a lil over an off-comment. Must have have JVG’s time of the month & was all moody.

    • au1978 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      JVG’s time of the month never ends. He’s always flapping his gums about some indignation, real or perceived.

  6. davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Weeny Van Gundy shows us all disrespect every time he take the mic.

  7. beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I’m pretty sure Paul Pierce asked him if Jeff Van Gundy was really in the movie Ghost.

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