The popular three-on-three league, driven by the star power of many former NBA players, starred Johnson in his return to Barclays Center this past Sunday, where the seven-time NBA All-Star elevated his team to 4-0 on the young season.
Johnson, who played with the Brooklyn Nets from 2012-2016, scored 17 of his team’s 50 points in what became a 13-point victory over Tri-State after Johnson decided to hoist a shot from the league’s regulated four-point spot, ending the game.
“Just from coming in, the entrance, walking through this hallway, obviously brings back some memories,” Johnson said after the game, reminiscing of his time in Brooklyn. “I had some great times here.
“I got the chance to play in this building when it was spanking new,” he added. “It was definitely a pleasure to see all the fans come out.”
The 6-foot-7 swingman, who last played in the NBA with the Houston Rockets in 2018, also recorded seven rebounds and four assists.
“Joe is an excellent leader,” added Trilogy head coach and WNBA legend Lisa Leslie. “Each one of these guys is just putting in all the work that they need to be successful. Whether we play at 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock or whenever, they’re ready.”
Elsewhere in the Big 3’s Sunday at Barclays, Bivouac – led by 13 points from Will Bynum – crept by the 3 Headed Monsters, 50-43, despite 21 points and 13 rebounds from former Net Reggie Evans.
Trilogy also squeaked by the Killer 3’s, 50-48, powered by 21 points from David Hawkins. Syracuse Alum Donte Greene led the Killer 3’s with 18 points in defeat.