Avery Johnson was fired on Thursday as coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who have fallen to .500 in their season of new surroundings and elevated expectations.
The end was no surprise, but I was a bit shocked by the timing. I would have never guessed that Brooklyn coach Avery Johnson would fail to make it into the New Year.
One could – and I would – argue that Avery Johnson got the shaft. As soon as the Nets move into their new, cozy confines with a respectable squad, Johnson gets fired before he can coach an actual NBA roster for an entire season.
Those were the good ole days, when coach Avery Johnson’s Nets brought the fight to teams with strong interior play and rebounding on both ends.
The Nets may have moved to Brooklyn and added Joe Johnson, but their problems against the Milwaukee Bucks did not end when these teams met earlier this month.
It wasn’t a Merry Christmas for the Nets who were dominated by the Celtics 93-76.
The Nets’ schedule is only going to get more daunting as the New Year approaches. We’ll know soon if the Nets are back to playing consistent basketball or if this show was just a One-Night-Only engagement.
Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Avery Johnson is under pressure as the Nets have continued their losing skid.
It appears that Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson is living in the same alternate dimension that Jets coach Rex Ryan calls home.
With more than a quarter of the season in the books, Johnson’s honeymoon is over and he has run out of mulligans. As the Nets travel to Manhattan, Johnson’s team is on life support.
A new city, arena and roster have stepped up new expectations. It’s no longer acceptable for the Nets to merely beat up on the weak. This team is built to contend now.
Turnovers cost the Nets as the Bulls won 83-82.
Usually a heartbreaking Nets loss like this has me frothing at the mouth, with excessive complaints about my team. Oh, they still exist, but I’m choosing to refrain for one day.
Even after the brawl, there was little that the Celtics could do about it anyway, thanks to all the weapons remaining in the Nets’ arsenal. It wasn’t a fair fight.
For nearly three hours, both teams competed for each New York basketball fan’s heart — if not always very well, then certainly with all their might. The lead changes, missed opportunities and curious strategy all had me on the cusp of detonation.