Yahoo Sports, NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski has just announced the Nets have fired their head coach, Avery Johnson. The Nets started the season at 11-4 but have since lost 10 of their last 13 games now breaking even at .500 with a record of 14-14. As Avery Johnson was named Eastern Conference “Coach of the Month” for November, everything in Brooklyn became nightmare for the front office as the team dealt with injuries to the front-court tandem Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted this afternoon that a league source says Brooklyn has fired Johnson after the team’s 14-14 start. Wojnarowski also reports the Nets have named assistant P.J. Carlesimo as the interim head coach.
We knew there were rumblings of trouble in the locker room, especially after Deron Williams publicly questioned how well he fit into Johnson’s offense. Combine the star’s disgruntled start to the season with huge expectations and a slipping squad, and honestly, this isn’t all that surprising, even when you factor in this (courtesy of Brett Pollakoff): Johnson was the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in October and November… then got fired in December.
Check out the video he just did that was pulled from Jay-Z’s ever-bubbling YouTube channel Life + Times comes this Brooklyn-centric discussion with BK emcee Talib Kweli and Nets coach Avery Johnson.