Joe Johnson is an NBA shooting guard for the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). He was recently involved in a blockbuster trade deal that sent him from the Atlanta Hawks to the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson has one of the largest contracts in the league, but he is still just “Joe” to folks back in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. The downtown neighborhood where Johnson spent most of his teenage life at the time was considered to be one of the most dangerous in the country back in the 1980′s. While Johnson was fortunate enough to live away from the violence, it something that left an indelible mark in his memory. It is through his love and passion for the sport that has made him successful that he is now giving back to his hometown. This is a great read! Thanks to the folks over at SLAM ONLINE. Click the link for the for the full story.