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Avery Johnson - FIRED - Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have relieved Avery Johnson of his coaching duties, general manager Billy King announced Thursday.

P.J. Carlesimo has been named the interim coach.

It has been reported that the Nets will immediately start a broad search for Johnson’s replacement, the list of the top available coaching names includes Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy, Larry Brown, and ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy and Flip Saunders.Rumor has it that the Nets will check Phil Jackson‘s interest after Jackson was bypassed by the Lakers in November after Mike Brown was fired five games into the season.

Jerry Sloan was on that list, but a Sloan-Deron Williams reunion seems highly unlikely.

Johnson, who was in the final year of his contract, was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November following an 11-4 start; but the Nets have won just three of their past 13 games in December, prompting the team to go in another direction.

The Nets, at 14-14, currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

“The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future,” principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov said.

More than a week ago, star point guard Williams, who is having the worst season of his career, criticized Johnson’s isolation-heavy offensive system, saying he felt uncomfortable.

After Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Boston Celtics, CEO Brett Yormark tweeted

The Nets spent $330 million in the offseason to upgrade their roster as they moved into their first season at the $1 billion Barclays Center but have certainly not lived up to lofty expectations.

Prokhorov said before the start of the 2012-13 campaign that a successful season would be defined by a possible trip to the Eastern Conference finals.

Backup center Andray Blatche was among the first of the Nets players to react to the news, posting on Twitter
Johnson’s son, Avery Jr., voiced his displeasure over his father’s dismissal with tweets of his own.

On the other side of the New York state area, where it is a little brighter and the team is accumulating more wins, the Knicks are shocking me by the different ways they continue to win.  There’s nothing like the buzzer-beaters and J.R. Smith has two of them while PG Jason Kidd has one under his belt this season.  As long as they don’t pull them out when they play my hometown Chicago Bulls, I will sit back and enjoy them.  Check them out…

Jason Kidd’s dagger against the…..Nets.  I know Brooklyn is going to hate me and this blog!

I like Jason Kidd’s body motion as J.R.’s daggers drop…

Written by AG2

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