From being Coach of the Month for the month of November to being fired in December right after Christmas. What a gift! What exactly is this about? The Brooklyn Nets have announced that they have fired head coach Avery Johnson.
According to ESPN, the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, Billy King, announced the firing of Avery Johnson. For now, assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will be the interim coach.
With any head coaching position that opens up in the NBA, the first name that comes out of everyone is Phil Jackson. Other potential candidates also include Jerry Sloan, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan and if they really want someone who has been to the NBA Finals, Mike Brown is available without the Princeton Offense attached to his name. With Sloan, that is Deron Williams’ former coach with the Utah Jazz. Will they iron out their differences, if any? As for Stan Van Gundy, he has made his intentions clear that he is not interested in the job. Nate McMillan would garner respect and needs a shot at coaching again. As for Mike Brown, well, we all know how his tenure with the Lakers ended up being.
This is what happens when you move your team from New Jersey to Brooklyn and take in big names. The expectations are really high. Whoever replaces Avery Johnson will have tough task ahead of them. Just ask Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni who replaced Mike Brown.