May 2, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT
Unraveling the truth about Avery Johnson’s coaching ability is a tricky gig. He’s 194-70 all time, which is pretty amazing. He’s also known for two of the most disappointing postseasons in NBA history, failing to cash in twice on the Mavericks when they were the best team in the league, even being ejected in the first round by the Warriors in 2007.
But his work with the Mavericks and reputation seems to be enough to get him back on the sideline, if recent indications have any substance. Johnson has interviewed for the Sixers coaching job and will follow that up with an interview with Jeff Bower for the Hornets gig.
The Philadelphia job might be a good fit, since the Sixers need a stiff hand to instill discipline, but Johnson hasn’t proven an ability to win without superior talent. The Hornets position might be ideal, however.
Already primed with a superstar in Chris Paul, and with a core of veterans to supply support for the surprising rookies Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton. Johnson has experience coaching in the Southwest division, for the Spurs and Mavericks, and would provide the defensive intensity the Hornets need to compete in that division.
Questions will continue around the “Little General”‘s ability to maintain the attention of a roster, and whether he can compete without the All-Star roster he had in Dallas. But it looks like we’ll get the answer to those questions soon.
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