(Image Source: The New York Times)

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR:  JAMAL ANDRESS

From coach of the month in November to out of a job in December.  That’s the path Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Avery Johnson finds himself on.  Fired -- just 28 games into the season.  Here’s ESPN with the reasons why.

“They were actually talking about a trip to the NBA Finals, and obviously they’ve fallen far short of that.”

The Nets signed an all-star backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, and paid high dollar for Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace.  Throw in a new arena, the move to Brooklyn and high expectations from billionaire owner Mikhail Prokorov -- it proved too much.  The New York Times noting...

“The Nets went 11-4 to start the season … But they have disintegrated in December, losing 10 of 13 games amid growing signs that Johnson had lost command of the locker room.”

Specifically, in the form of Deron Williams, who publicly criticized Johnson just last week.  Getting crossways with his head coach has become a habit for the star guard -- he did the same thing with former head coach Jerry Sloan in 2011 -- says Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer, with similar results.

“It was a coach-killing move, make no mistake. Williams kvetched to the media and didn’t hold up his end of his maximum-salaried bargain by declining to penetrate and making crummy percentages of his crummy-percentage shots.”

Technically, Sloan resigned after his run in with Williams.  Still, The Sporting News says, with two coaches heads on his platter, Williams finds himself with no one to blame going forward-- and has earned himself a nickname.

“.. this one has Williams’ fingerprints all over it—that coach-killer thing isn’t going away this time. “

To be fair, Johnson was 60-116 in his two plus seasons leading the Nets.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz suggests, time will soon tell if the Nets problems run deeper than its head coach.

“Prokhorov isn't going anywhere, and (GM Billy) King has furnished the roster with enough paper tigers to deflect blame (for the time being) and the contracts on the team's books aren't very movable.   That left one remaining party, the guy sitting in the first chair on the bench -- the loneliest seat in basketball.”

PJ Carlisimo takes over on an interim basis.  Names being bantied about for the permanent gig?  The Van Gundy brothers,  Phil Jackson, and even -- Jerry Sloan.  Wouldn’t that be interesting.

 

Brooklyn Nets Fire Avery Johnson, Blame Game Begins

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Dec 27, 2012

Brooklyn Nets Fire Avery Johnson, Blame Game Begins

(Image Source: The New York Times)

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR:  JAMAL ANDRESS

From coach of the month in November to out of a job in December.  That’s the path Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Avery Johnson finds himself on.  Fired -- just 28 games into the season.  Here’s ESPN with the reasons why.

“They were actually talking about a trip to the NBA Finals, and obviously they’ve fallen far short of that.”

The Nets signed an all-star backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, and paid high dollar for Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace.  Throw in a new arena, the move to Brooklyn and high expectations from billionaire owner Mikhail Prokorov -- it proved too much.  The New York Times noting...

“The Nets went 11-4 to start the season … But they have disintegrated in December, losing 10 of 13 games amid growing signs that Johnson had lost command of the locker room.”

Specifically, in the form of Deron Williams, who publicly criticized Johnson just last week.  Getting crossways with his head coach has become a habit for the star guard -- he did the same thing with former head coach Jerry Sloan in 2011 -- says Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer, with similar results.

“It was a coach-killing move, make no mistake. Williams kvetched to the media and didn’t hold up his end of his maximum-salaried bargain by declining to penetrate and making crummy percentages of his crummy-percentage shots.”

Technically, Sloan resigned after his run in with Williams.  Still, The Sporting News says, with two coaches heads on his platter, Williams finds himself with no one to blame going forward-- and has earned himself a nickname.

“.. this one has Williams’ fingerprints all over it—that coach-killer thing isn’t going away this time. “

To be fair, Johnson was 60-116 in his two plus seasons leading the Nets.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz suggests, time will soon tell if the Nets problems run deeper than its head coach.

“Prokhorov isn't going anywhere, and (GM Billy) King has furnished the roster with enough paper tigers to deflect blame (for the time being) and the contracts on the team's books aren't very movable.   That left one remaining party, the guy sitting in the first chair on the bench -- the loneliest seat in basketball.”

PJ Carlisimo takes over on an interim basis.  Names being bantied about for the permanent gig?  The Van Gundy brothers,  Phil Jackson, and even -- Jerry Sloan.  Wouldn’t that be interesting.

 

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