Avery Johnson, Nets Agree To Terms
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/09/2010 12:31 PM

    Wow, its like a coaching carousal today. First Izzo expected to go to Cleveland and now Avery Johnson is off the market, taken by the New Jersey Nets as reported by ESPN HERE.
    The New Jersey Nets and ESPN analyst Avery Johnson have reached a verbal agreement to hire Johnson as the Nets' new coach, according to sources close to the process.

    Johnson, who has been working for ESPN since his dismissal from the Dallas Mavericks after the 2007-08 season, was the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2005 and took the Mavs to the NBA Finals in 2006. He posted a record of 194-70 in three-plus seasons, good for a winning percentage of .735, and will be reunited in New Jersey with point guard Devin Harris.

    Johnson was a finalist for the coaching job in Atlanta, having met Saturday with Hawks general manager Rick Sund for his third in-person visit with the team. The Hawks are expected to make their choice this week, after conducting multiple interviews with Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, holdover Hawks assistant Larry Drew, ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and Johnson.

    The arrival of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as the Nets' new owner initially prompted speculation that New Jersey would try to lure Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to the pros with an offer of $12 million to $15 million annually.

    The Nets also had strong interest in ESPN/ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy, but Van Gundy told team president Rod Thorn that he wanted to stay in television for at least one more season. CONTINUE READING>>>

    While I'm not the biggest fan of Johnson, he does have a history of good regular seasons. Its the playoffs where I think he tends to get out-coached and adapts to the opposition instead of forcing their hand.  With the Nets job off the market, it looks like the Clippers and Hawks are the only two openings left. Both promising teams who's futures will be very telling after free agency is over.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 06/09/2010 1:04 PM

    Don't you just love listening to Avery though?
    ESPN will never be the same j/k ;)
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 06/09/2010 1:43 PM

    Good hire for an extremely young team, in need of some positive results these upcoming years. I do think he is just a stop gap coach though. If the Nets start to make some headway and can't get over that hump, he'll be replaced. But for the time being, he was the best person available.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 06/10/2010 4:11 PM

    Good pick up.
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