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With the Brooklyn Nets firing their head coach Avery Johnson yesterday, point guard Deron Williams saw his reputation as a coach killer increase. First there was Williams’ influence forcing legendary leader Jerry Sloan into retirement, and now the Johnson situation. Williams now seems like a NBA version of Steve Buscemi’s character in “Billy Madison” who had a “people to kill” list. Except for coaches.
Johnson was Coach of the month in October and November, yet canned in December. A 10-4 start raised expectations (which were already sky high to begin with due to the new arena, new uniforms and a lot of money spent on free agency), then Brook Lopez got hurt and the losing began, turning them into a .500 team.
And Deron likely complained about the play-calling, and had input into this outcome, even though the real decision came from the rich Russian upstairs. But is Deron still the star he once was? And is he worth it for teams to bend over backwards for?
First of all, the Nets are ...
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The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday morning, and many believe Deron Williams was the driving force behind the move. The Nets are off to a 14-14 start, and Williams recently was open in saying that he was having a hard time getting accustomed to Johnson’s offensive scheme.
With every NBA head coaching vacancy comes Phil Jackson speculation. Of course, Jackson...
With the firing of Avery Johnson, fingers started pointing at All-Star point guard Deron Williams. When Williams was with the Utah Jazz, he was blamed for the departure of head coach Jerry Sloan. Now that Avery Johnson has been fired, the blame game is back on Deron Williams.
The Utah Jazz has an official Twitter account. They provided their opinion on the whole coaching scenario...
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams missed the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night due to a bruised right wrist, as reported by Howard Beck of The New York Times.Breaking: Deron Williams is sitting out tonight vs. Milwaukee because of a bruised right wrist.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) December 26, 2012 Wednesday marked the first game Williams didn’t play...
Deron Williams, who spent much of Christmas with his right wrist wrapped, will not play vs. the Bucks Wednesday night.
Williams has a bruised right wrist, according to the Nets. He has had wrist issues since arriving in New Jersey in February 2011, undergoing surgery to remove bone chips and scar tissue that April. Williams has not blamed his wrist issues for his woeful shooting...
It was all good just a month ago. The Brooklyn Nets who came into this season with high hopes and something of a nice start have fired Avery Johnson.
The foundation of the team has publicly started to crack over the past two weeks as All-Star Deron Williams expressed doubts about Johnson’s system.
Once that happened the Nets went from being a hot team on a cold streak to being...
Deron Williams’ play certainly has had room for improvement this season.credit: gq.com
After news broke that the Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson, many began to point the finger at some of the underachieving Brooklyn players. Deron Williams is first on the list, as the max contract point guard is struggling to find his shooting touch.
While Williams didn’t accept...
MAD AS ALL GET OUT
Avery Johnson Jr. was understandably upset when he learned that his old man was fired by the Brooklyn Nets. And he took to Twitter to express his displeasure.
After a fast start, the Nets came soaring back to earth.
The Nets had much higher hopes for their inaugural season in Brooklyn. With a current record of 14-14 and locker room mumblings from Deron Williams saying that he was used to being coached a different way. Plus Gerald Wallace calling his teammates out about their attitude during the losing streak. The Nets have announced the [...]
Multiple stories reporting Avery Johnson‘s firing on Thursday described Brooklyn Nets players as “blindsided” by the news. By any normal standards, this should have been a shocking development: the reigning NBA coach of the month, who was given a thrown-together roster, getting the boot after a rough stretch in the schedule.
Nothing is shocking given the situation, however...
After another ugly loss to Milwaukee, the Nets’ tenth loss of December, Avery Johnson was finally “relieved of his coaching duties.” Most of the attention and blame has been directed at Deron Williams. I don’t agree. In fact, I thought this coaching change came late enough.
Avery Johnson is not a great coach and he was underachieving with the Nets. His record with New Jersey...
Avery Johnson took the high road when he addressed the media Thursday after being fired by the Brooklyn Nets. The ex-head coach claims he never saw the firing coming and said, "This is the ownership's decision. This is what we signed up for."
Johnson's teenage son didn't take the news as well and went thumbs-out on his Twitter account to vent his anger...