Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 12/28/12
Yesterday the Brooklyn Nets fired coach Avery Johnson in the wake of a 14-14 record and after losing 7 of their last 10 games. This was no surprise as there have been rumors that the team’s star player, Deron Williams, was unhappy with Johnson’s system and if the NBA has taught us anything over the years, it is that if a team has to choose between their star and their coach, the coach will lose 90% of the time. The simple truth is that Deron Williams could not thrive in this system and going forward, they need him to lead the team deep into the playoffs. Apparently they could not do so with Johnson, so the firing was justified. Obviously, Johnson is a good coach, as he took the 2006 Mavericks to the NBA Finals, but he had a problem with their point guard, Devin Harris, who thrived when he was traded, ironically to the Nets. There in may lie the problem, as Avery Johnson was a very good point guard in his day and he may be trying to get his point guards to play like him. He spent a w...
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