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Nets head coach Avery Johnson not concerned about job security

Dec 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Deron Williams, Avery Johnson AP

Avery Johnson was lauded for his work as Nets head coach during the fist two months of the season, when he led his team to an 11-4 start and was named Eastern Conference coach of the month in both October and November.

Since then, however, Brooklyn is just 2-8, in part because Brook Lopez went down with an injury that kept him out for five of those eight losses, but also in part due to Deron WIlliams having a down season, and being admittedly uncomfortable in his head coach’s system.

With the team’s star player grumbling and the losses beginning to pile up as of late, rumblings have begun that suggest Johnson might be on the hot seat if things don’t turn around soon.

But the head coach says he can’t be concerned with those things, while understanding that everyone in his position will lose their job one way or another at some point.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork:

“Listen to this: at some point, after I signed on as a coach, when I signed on the dotted line, a couple of things are going to happen at some point: 1. I’m going to get fired, 2. I’m going to resign. 3. I’m going to get re-assigned,” Johnson told reporters after practice on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

“One of those three things happens to every head coach in this league. As soon as you sign your name on that dotted line. And a lot of times, one of those three we know what’s going to happen because we’re in control. Two of those three we have no control over. So what we do is we continue to do our jobs. I think the best thing about jobs is when we have adversity, we have setbacks, as a coach we continue to lead with passion.

“So right now, what I’m really concerned about is us playing good basketball. So until ownership tells me otherwise I’m going to continue to do my job.”

The Nets are not the Lakers, in the sense that the expectations in Brooklyn this season weren’t exactly at the championship level, and they couldn’t possibly have been given the personnel on that roster.

At the same time, Brooklyn, at the very minimum, is expected to make the playoffs — especially in the watered-down Eastern Conference. If that goal is viewed by the team’s leadership to truly be in jeopardy, only then will a coaching change be considered to ensure that minimum level of success is achieved this season.

  1. biasedhomer - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    It’s not his fault, they just aren’t that good.
    Nets had an easy schedule early and beat the teams they were supposed to beat.

    Deron Williams is having a down year, but the rest of the team is not picking up the slack.

    Everyone knows Joe Johnson was just living off his big name status, just by watching one game of the Hawks last season. He is not that elite SG that he once was during his preMax contract time.

    Humphries had his career year last season, he is best suited to be an excellent 6th man.

    Wallace is a great, all around role player. But he is on the down side of his career and is starting to look like a good 6th man off the bench as well, not a starter.

    And Brooks Lopez still has room to improve. He is playing pretty well, but is not a true center, too soft on the boards.

    That is the core that they are stuck with for at least the next 2 years, and it look like they will be stuck in mediocrity during that time. But I guess that’s better than being a lottery pick year in and year out?

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Nets are not a bad team, maybe Avery should let his point guard run the
    team based on what he is seeing on the floor. I don’t think they should fire
    him right now, it is not a toxic situation.

  3. dalucks - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    The Nets are in the top 8 in the East based upon their record which would give them a playoff berth if they stay on course based upon their performance this season. Making the playoffs should be their only expectation this season. What are we even talking about in this article?

  4. bleed4philly - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    So when are you guys trading for Amar’e?

  5. kavika6 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Williams already pushed one of the greatest coaches in NBA history into retirement. Now the over-rated punk is doing the same thing to AJ. When will it stop?

  6. drubeatz - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Like I said before, Deron is not a true leader. He’s a complainer. When the game’s on the line he will choke it up.

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