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Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

Avery_Johnson_firedOn December 26th the Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson was named Eastern Conference Coach of November. Then the very next day the Nets General Manager Billy King had a press conference to announce the decision to fire Avery Johnson. King said “the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.” In the meantime assistant coach P.J. Carlisemo has stepped up as interim head coach.

At the end of November the Nets were 11-4, which is the best start in their franchise history. Then in December the Nets only won 3 of their 13 games. King said, “I just got a sense, as I told Avery this morning (Thursday morning), that he just wasn’t reaching them anymore.” Then the principle owner Mikhail Prokhorov added, “The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future.”

Coach Johnson was in the last year of his three-year, $12 million contract and was not expecting to be fired. Johnson said, “You never think when you’re a .500 team and then you’re going into two more home games at home that something like this would happen. But this is ownership’s decision, and this is what we sign up for. This is part of our business. Fair or unfair, it doesn’t matter. But again, it’s time for a new voice, and hopefully they’ll get back on track.”

I don’t feel this was a fair decision at all but that is life and sometimes ownership feels they need to make big changes when their team goes through a slump. I feel they should have given it just a little more time and I bet they would have seen a turn around. If the team was doing good in the first month of the season and not so great the second month you would think ownership would wait maybe a couple more weeks or another month and see how things go. But truth is I am sure there is more to the story that others will not know.

Avery_Johnson_Nets_CoachOver the summer the Nets re-signed their top player Deron Williams. This season Williams has not been playing to the best of his ability with a shooting percentage of only 39.8.   ESPN.com Mike Mazzeo stated that Williams “criticized Johnson’s isolation-heavy offensive system, saying he felt uncomfortable.” Could this have something to do with why Johnson was fired? The organization claims that is unfair and not true. King said, “To pinpoint this all on Deron is not fair. He was not the deciding factor in this decision. It was something in talking with ownership we didn’t like the direction we were going.” Even Johnson disagreed with the assumption that Williams had anything to do with the decision. Johnson said, “I don’t think it’s fair for anybody to hang this on Deron. He’s one player. We have 15 players, and it’s up to the coach to really maximize the team. But at the end of the day, ownership, they’re the ones that own the team. We just went through a bad stretch, a bad spell, we couldn’t make a shot. But I always thought we were gonna get it turned around, knowing full well that we weren’t necessarily finished with (assembling) this roster.”

Knowing the blame was coming, Williams denied any bad conversations ever happened with Johnson.

“First of all, I have not had one conversation with (King) about not being happy with Avery, wanting him gone, etc. It’s not my fault. But as soon as I heard the news, I knew what was coming,” Williams said. “I knew folks would blame me, would assume that its history repeating itself because of what was said about coach Sloan and me after he resigned. The last thing I would want to do is get coach Johnson fired. Any coach, for that matter. Coach Johnson is a big reason why I came back to the Nets this summer, along with Billy. I enjoyed playing for him last year. We never had an argument or a fight. We never got into it, on or off the court. I don’t even know why people would assume that.”

This being the second time the blame of a coach leaving was placed on Williams really gets you thinking. Was Williams apart of this? Or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is Williams struggles a result of the new arena, Johnson’s coaching strategy, or something entirely different? Either way what is done is done. I don’t believe it was fair, but it was not up to me. I like Avery Johnson and believe he is a good coach. I wish Johnson the best and hope to see him back in a coaching position soon.




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Mavericks vs. Nets for Deron Williams

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 Deron Williams turned 28 years old. Williams played for the New Jersey, now the Brooklyn, Nets for the 2011-2012 season. On July 1, 2012 Williams will become a free agent. On that day Brooklyn can make their offer for William’s contract extension. If Williams accepts the offer he will continue to stay in Brooklyn for however many years the team offers. If Williams does not accept, he has two choices: 1.) He can choose to stay and play for Brooklyn for one more year, or 2.) He can opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. If Williams does not accept the offer and opts out of his contract he will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight on July 1st. Deron Williams is considering between two teams, the Brooklyn Nets, his current team, and the Dallas Mavericks, the team of his hometown.

Both teams are working hard to recruit the talented point guard.

On Tuesday the Nets sent a truck over to Williams’s house with a sign on it wishing Deron a “Happy Birthday”. Williams’s wife took a picture of it and posted it on her twitter. That night Deron Williams had a small party at a New York restaurant inviting only a small number of people. It was said that Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets head coach, was one of the few invited. Coach Johnson was there with Williams and his family, and Williams’s agent Jeff Schwartz. Also in a news conference, Brooklyn’s general manager, Billy King said that he was also invited but was unable to attend. King also said he was pretty confident that Deron Williams will resign with Brooklyn. King said, “I’m not overconfident, I’m not any less confident, I just feel pretty good.” These acts show that Williams has a strong relationship with his teammates and coaching staff in Brooklyn.

On Tuesday night the Texas Rangers decided to help the Dallas Mavericks recruit Williams by posting a message on their scoreboard during Tuesday night’s game wishing Williams a “happy birthday” and suggested him to “Be A Maverick!”

Delonte West also put in his part for the Mavericks last night on Wednesday June 27, 2012. West, @charleeredz13, posted a series of tweets saying:

“A Dwill…u need to come to Dallas mane man…we got a chance to win a championship here dog….dirk be the best playa u ever played with..”

“Real talk…I know it’s a Lil more mOney over der but u home here…fam support here… Town gon love ya…plus u got a team that can do it”

“And u got d best owner in all sports…nest practice facility…and a coach that UNDERSTANDS…real dude like urself…trust me homie…”

“I wouldn’t lie to ya…let’s get it…..we can win the western conference no problem..u 20+.. Dirk20+…when u need a breather…I gotcha”

Also yesterday in a radio interview on the Ticket, Dirk Nowitzki said, “[…] We’d love to have him run the show here. We’ll see what he decides. I hope we have a good shot. He’s from here. His mom lives here. He likes it here. He loves golf, and we have great golf courses. We have a great organization, great fans, and a great owner that makes stuff happen all the time. I really think we have as good a shot as Brooklyn has.”

Both teams are doing their part in recruiting the free agent. It will be interesting to see which team Williams decides to play for. Being a Mavs fan I hope it is Dallas and am very happy to see the Rangers, West, and Nowitzki helping with the recruiting process. But on the other hand Deron Williams has made a home with the Brooklyn Nets and seems to really like his teammates and the coaching staff there. Williams does not plan to drag this decision on for a long time, so I am sure we will find our within the first week of July.







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