Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/27/12
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 is not going to return to coaching unless it is with a roster that has the potential to win a championship. Do the Nets have that potential? Whoever is operating the official Twitter account of the Utah Jazz does not believe they do. In fact, that person doesn’t think Brooklyn has any great players — not even Williams. The following tweet has since been deleted, but the folks at Black Sports Online were able to capture it first: Williams is certainly an above-average player and one of the better guards in the NBA, but is he a great player? At this point, I’d put him right on the cusp. With the Jazz, he was a great player. With the Nets, he has not reached that level. It’s highly unlikely that Jackson is interested in coaching Brooklyn, and the team’s lack of talent is probably one reason why. The fact that the official Twitter account of the Utah Jazz said it is what makes it noteworthy.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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