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.
Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in Mike D’Antoni’s sideline debut.
D’Antoni’s reputation as an innovative coach wasn’t helped by his tenure in New York. Now he has a chance to rebound in Los Angeles.
The Lakers handed Mike Brown the pink slip after 5 games and will undoubtedly turn to Phil Jackson as their first choice replacement.
The NFL season has not even reached the halfway point, but the fire under the seat of 10 head coaches is already quite hot.
The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
The Lakers and Nets all seemed to know exactly where the late 3-pointer would end up. Mostly because they know the guy who shot it.
As if the New Jersey Devils didn’t have enough problems already. They will be without goaltender Martin Brodeur and with their punchless offense Saturday when they try to salvage a win in the finale of their three-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues.