The Nets may have made great strides in 2012-13, but a bad choice and some bad luck could easily make them laughingstocks once again.
It appears that Phil Jackson coming to Brooklyn is a moot point, as multiple reports indicated on Wednesday that Jackson has in fact informed the Nets that he will not be the club’s next head coach.
“I’m not going to say if we have or not,” Brooklyn general manager Billy King told WFAN on Tuesday. “Basically, I want to talk to Phil, see what he’s going to do, what he wants to do, and talk some basketball.”
Although Deron Williams vehemently denies it, a report indicates that the star point guard “totally quit on Avery Johnson.”
In the end, the Nets are going to have to live with Stan Van Gundy, Jeff Van Gundy or Nate McMillan as the head coach. All of those candidates give the Nets more than nice-guy Avery. None of them would give them as much as Jackson.
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.
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.
“The Johnnies basketball family is ecstatic for Coach Dunlap’s opportunity. Mike’s selection as the Charlotte Bobcats’ head coach is a well-deserved honor,” Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin said in a statement.
The Knicks have a three-year window with this group to win a title, and now they are committed to Mike Woodson being the guy who is going to take them there. Don’t tell me that there aren’t other people you would rather see in that chair.
The Knicks are not in the Heat’s class right now. It’s an unavoidable fact that no one can deny after watching Miami easily dispatch the Knicks in five games.
It was a losing return to Utah for Deron Williams as he and the Nets were defeated by the Jazz ,107-94 on Saturday night.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh admitted Thursday he didn’t know the Utah Jazz were involved in talks to deal Deron Williams. “No, I didn’t. I really didn’t,” Walsh said.
While saying he had gotten over the shock of being traded to New Jersey and was excited about the future of the Nets’ franchise, Deron Williams refused to hint whether he would opt out of his contract after the 2012 season.
Nets head coach Avery Johnson joined Boomer & Carton Thursday morning to break down New Jersey’s trade for Deron Williams, a deal that Johnson described as being “in our back pocket.”
It has been a year of change in the sports world with the three longest tenured coaches in the three major sports retiring. The Braves’ Bobby Cox, the Titans’ Jeff Fisher and now Jerry Sloan has resigned from the Utah Jazz.