Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/27/12
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Avery Johnson was hired by the New Jersey Nets as head coach on June 15, 2010, he thought he would be given some time to see the franchise get through a tough transitional period. "Under the circumstances, I knew that for the first two years we were going to get beat up pretty bad, then it would take some time to build a championship team," Johnson said. However, Johnson will not be given the opportunity to watch the new-look Brooklyn Nets blossom into a playoff contender. He was fired Thursday by the Nets' ownership, taking the fall for the team's struggles. They posted an 11-4 record in November (earning Johnson NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors) but became a floundering group that has won three of 13 games in December. "It's part of the job," said Johnson, who guided the Nets to a 60-116 record in his two-plus seasons as head coach. "Maybe ownership thought we'd go 11-4 every month, but that just didn't happen. This came from the...
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