Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 12/27/12
The Brooklyn Nets have fired Avery Johnson after the team has sputtered to a 14-14 start. That kind of record might have been OK in East Rutherford, N.J., but not for the new-look Nets in Brooklyn. The team has namd P.J. Carlesimo the interim coach. Brooklyn got out to an 11-4 start, but have gone 3-10 since -- including two losses to those cross-borough rivals from Manhattan and an embarrassing 93-76 loss at home to Boston on Christmas Day. The Nets are not the same Nets they were at the beginning of the season. Not the same team that made a splash with all the glitz and glamor of a new name, a new look and a new arena. Mikhail Prokhorov wanted the move to mean a whole bunch of new things for this franchise. It was supposed to be splash and an arrival into the top half of the Eastern Conference -- and the prelude to a championship run. The Nets' now false start though was not what they had in mind. Neither maybe was the vast amount of salary now committed to Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries. The three players have had to battle various injuries and consistency issues. The Nets offense has been pretty anemic too, relying on a lot of isolation plays -- the team is 23rd in the league in assists. Avery Johnson though was known as a defensive coach in his time in Dallas and the Nets have struggled on that end. That is more likely than anything why the team has struggled so much lately. Brooklyn is 19th in the league in defensive rating according to Basketball-Reference. That is not championship stuff. And so Johnson, while coaching a brand new roster pretty much and getting a team into Playoff contention at the quarter point of the season, became a victim of Brooklyn's outlandish expectation for itself. It might have been asking a bit much to say the Nets were going to win the East or crack that top-4 in one year, even with this improved roster. Still, the Nets have shown they can play better. Johnson's struggles to get the team back on the right track after that hot start will be the direct reason for his downfall. It seems doubtful that P.J. Carlesimo will be able to do much better, although a less grating and less overtly demanding coach may help give Deron Williams control of the team again. Williams' role and what he wants for what is clearly his team now for the long term is an entirely different story. The real inner workings and story might be that the decision came from Mikhail Prokhorov. The splash and the marquee appears to be what the Nets care about more than winning and establishing a championship franchise. It will be interesting to see where Brooklyn goes from here. [follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Osweiler: Film from last two years proves I should be starter

Daughter of Bucks owner burns Bill Simmons on Twitter

Tiger Woods tells golf world to try and kick this football he’s holding

Tyronn Lue: Gameplanning to defend Celtics harder than Warriors

How the Senators can upset the Penguins in Game 7

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Paxton Lynch cutting out early while other QBs stay late

Michael Jordan unique 1984 Converse shoes could fetch up to $100K at auction

Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

Ezekiel Elliott’s mom fires back after son criticized for being in car accident

Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker