After years of anticipation, two months was all it took for "Hello Brooklyn!" to give way to "Goodbye Avery!" as the Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday in the wake of a 14-14 start to the team's debut season in Brooklyn.
The move was made hastily, but perhaps not surprisingly, by an impatient team -- and, more particularly, an impetuous billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov -- desperate to recapture the nation's attention after quickly relinquishing it with substandard play on the court over the last few weeks.
Fair or not, Johnson received the brunt of the blame for the Nets' December flop, which saw them go from Eastern Conference contender to Atlantic Division punching bag. Johnson was made a scapegoat for the current 3-10 slide that has Brooklyn teetering on the edge of the draft lottery with one-third of the season complete.
"You never think when you're a .500 team and you're going into two more home games, that someth...