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Brooklyn Nets fire coach Avery Johnson

Dec 27, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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This is how fast things turn in the NBA — Avery Johnson was the NBA coach of the month in October and November but now has been fired in December.

The Brooklyn Nets — who have gone 3-10 in December with one of the worst defenses in the NBA and an offensive leader in Deron Williams who is struggling — have fired Johnson as coach. The story was broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and confirmed now by the team itself.

P.J. Carlesimo will take over as the interim head coach. They are expected to look outside the organization for his replacement (Phil Jackson’s ears are burning, but I wouldn’t expect that one).

This really shouldn’t be a shock after Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted an apology to fans for how the team played on Christmas Day (a blowout loss to the Celtics). When your boss apologizes to your customers for you, then you are in trouble.

Or, look at what Nets forward Gerald Wallace said Wednesday after a 15-point loss to the Bucks, via the New York Post.

“We’re a way better team than what our record is,” Gerald Wallace said. “I’m [bleeping ticked] off about us losing, and especially the way we’re losing….

“It’s mind-boggling that we’re in the situation we’re in,” Wallace said. “As good of a team as we are, as good as started off … you saw the potential we had as a team, and the talent we have as a team. And yet, still, instead of team, it’s more of ‘I.’ ”

The Nets got off to an 11-4 start this season but have fallen apart since, going 3-10. And with that has come some friction off the court. Williams has said the Utah flex offense fit him better and he has continued to shoot just less than 40 percent on the season (and he keeps launching 5.5 threes a game despite shooting 29.5 percent from there). Not shockingly, the Nets offense has started to regress the past 10 games, down 3 points per 100 possessions from their season average.

But that’s not the end of the floor that is the real problem. Brooklyn’s defense — which was always going to be their challenge with this roster — has been bottom five in the league the last 15 games. In the last five games this season they have given up 109.2 points per 100 possessions — which is worse than the Bobcats season average (and they are clear and away the worst defensive team in the league).

Just changing coaches is not going to solve the Nets issues. Brooklyn overpaid Lopez and Kris Humphries and took on maybe the worst long-term contract in the NBA in Joe Johnson. All of them are overpaid and questionable fits together. Wallace brings energy every night but is past his prime. The Nets have more than $70 million in salary commitments (putting them over the salary cap and current luxury tax line) for three more seasons AFTER this one.

GM Billy King has pretty much locked the Nets into this roster for the next few years, it’s going to be hard to make player changes (unless you think other teams want to take on Brook Lopez‘s max deal), meaning the only change you can make is the coach. So that’s what the Nets did.

  1. ebrownwareagle - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Wow! To early and to drastic!

    • florida727 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Coach of The Month in October and November, then fired in December? Yeah. He got stupid in a hurry, didn’t he? Why don’t these idiot owners realize that the right guy to whack is either the GM or the Personnel Director who assembled this moronic roster? Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach couldn’t combine to coach Joe Johnson, Kris Kardash…, whoops, I mean Humphries, and Brooks Lopez to a consistent winning record. Great idea… fire Avery. All he did is win with sub-par talent. Whatever they get, they deserve.

  2. biasedhomer - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Deron Williams, coach killer

    • dangernearing - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      You arent lying, SHEESH.

  3. mp4philly - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Got a coach you’d like to kill?
    Then the man for the job is named D Will!

  4. nycalldayz - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    First Sloan now Johnson. Keep up the word work, Deron Williams. Smh

    • zerole00 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      What’s hilarious is they don’t have a huge list of quality coaches to pick from now. There’s what, SVG or Sloan?

  5. nycalldayz - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    First Sloan now Johnson. Keep up the good work, Deron Williams. Smh

  6. dannymac17 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    So Avery gets fired for Deron’s inability to score and play good basketball.

    They have been terrible the better part of the decade and you do this?


    • abasketballthing - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      They can’t move Deron or Joe Johnson, so the only possible move is to get a coach with an offensive system that fits the team’s best offensive players. Say what you want about Williams and JJ, but when they are in the right system, they play like stars.

      The Nets have been terrible for a long time, but they have the talent to be a 3-6 seed in the East. A fast-pace coach would have them dominating on offense, and their defense is respectable enough to get them to the 2nd round of the playoffs behind a great offense. This was the right move. They won’t win a championship with this roster, but they can be much better than this.

      • progress2011 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        This makes ZERO sense …..Nobasketballthing !!!

        1. It was the STOOPEDEST (it’s a word cause I said it) trade in recent memory to take on that Joe Johnson contract ! The folk in Atlanta are still laughing !
        Joe Johnson makes more than LBJ, WADE, Bosh, Durant and many others….REALLY !!! that was a good move by the ownership …..not AVERY !

        2. Find a system to fit their play ! Well that’s asinine ! The “PROFESSIONAL” basketball players are supposed to have the ability to run the offense/ defense the coach implements ! Not vice versa.
        That’s like a corporation building it’s business plan around the employees, as opposed to the business strategy designed and approved by the board (in this case ownership).

        3. You said “but when they are in the right system, they play like stars ” ….playing like stars and doing a few trick shots to get on SI, will not get you to the championships !

        What I’ve seen is:

        4. Joe Johnson is still scared to step up and face challenges from elite players. Joe is being paid “Elite Player Money” but he only plays like he is a role player. He has ZERO aggression and typically becomes a coward, when he plays against Elite players (LBJ, Durant, Melo etc).

        5. I used to be a D.Will fan BUT since he’s been in NY, he’s developed that NY Fat Mouth syndrome…More talk than substance !
        Then I watched Brandon Jennings OWN him !!!! BJ exposed so many weaknesses in his game, which makes it apparent, D Will needs to work on his game….It has NOTHIN to do with the coach !

        I hope Avery gets one of those deals like Mike Brown got from the lakers….where he can get paid to chill the next several years, after being publicly disrespected like this !

      • abasketballthing - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        1. It wasn’t the stupidest trade in recent memory. Joe Johnson can be productive, but not in any system. It might have been a bad trade anyway, but far from the worst. And even if it was the worst, that’s not what we’re discussing here. We’re talking about whether firing Avery was the right move, not about the Nets’ past moves. They have made quite a few mistakes before now, and they’d certainly be in better shape if they hadn’t, but they made them, and they have to find a way to solve the problem and at least become respectable. Firing Avery is a step in that direction.

        2. Basketball is a team sport, not just a business. Nearly every player that isn’t top 8 or top 10 in the league needs a certain kind of system and/or team to play to their full potential. This same problem happened with Carmelo Anthony when he played under D’Antoni, with Jeremy Lin when he played under Woodson, with Pau Gasol when he tried to play in Mike Brown’s offense, with OJ Mayo when he tried to play in Hollins’ offense, and many others. The Nets’ perimeter offensive players have been playing in an offense that limits their strengths and exposes their weaknesses. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson will not succeed trying to take their man off the dribble every time down the court. If you put them in a motion offense that helps them get open looks, however, they will dominate, and be among the most productive guards in the league.

        Steve Nash is widely recognized as one of the best point guards of his generation. Before going to Phoenix and playing in Mike D’Antoni’s system, he was nothing special. He found a system that was perfect for him, and became a great player. If you put him on the Nets’ turtle-like offense, he’d struggle.

        There are more examples of this, and I’ll list them if it’s necessary, but I think it’s clear that players have strengths and weaknesses, and offensive systems and strategies exist to showcase the former and hide the latter. If a system doesn’t fit with the players’ skills, they will struggle and the team will lose(Unless they are absolute superstars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. They can succeed in any system)

        3. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are not very flashy. They don’t do a lot of “trick shots”. The attention they have gotten has come from their production on the court. They have been both overrated and underrated at different points, but that hasn’t had much to do with trick shots.

        When he was in Utah, before he injured his wrist, Deron Williams was the second best point guard in the league. He was a very productive, efficient player and led one of the best offenses in the league, with the help of an all-time great coach’s offensive system. Stats and video can easily prove that.

        He actually got less attention than most all-stars due to the size of the market he played in. So your “trick shot” argument has no basis in reality when it comes to Deron Williams

        Joe Johnson has been a very good player, and has had some rightful all-star seasons. He has also been inconsistent, and hasn’t displayed the talent necessary to be the leader of an elite offense. That said, he’s been just short of that at times, and he was very productive in Phoenix next to Nash and Stoudemire, in a fast-paced system that helped showcase his strengths.

        4. How do you know Joe Johnson is scared? Can you prove that he actually plays worse against elite players?

        Why do you say Carmelo Anthony is an elite player, when he was awful last season when forced to play in a system that didn’t fit his skills? You seem to think that professional star players should be able to dominate regardless of the system they play in, but Carmelo doesn’t seem to be capable of that.

        5. Yes, Deron Williams has been talking more than he should, and he has been more talk than substance since going to the Nets. I don’t think it started there, though. He’s always been outspoken about what he likes and doesn’t like. The difference is that he’s not producing anymore, so his words make him look worse than they did before.

        Brandon Jennings played better than him once. That doesn’t mean anything. Brandon Jennings has been an inefficient gunner since he entered the league.

        There are definitely weaknesses in Deron Williams’ game, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have star talent. He does. His poor play has had a lot to do with his coach, and his injured wrist as well.

      • progress2011 - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:14 AM


        You said:
        It wasn’t the stupidest trade in recent memory. Joe Johnson can be productive, but not in any system. It might have been a bad trade anyway, but far from the worst. And even if it was the worst, that’s not what we’re discussing here.

        WHAT !!!!! Aahahahahahahaha

        Dude, I don’t know what the rest of your paragraph was about. I didn’t make it past this convoluted/ confused/ irrational attempt at a response! ahahaha

        I don’t believe you know what you meant to say…..ahahahahahahaha

      • abasketballthing - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        I meant to say that Joe Johnson can be a productive player, and because of that, trading for him wasn’t stupid. It’s possible that acquiring him wasn’t the smartest move, but it wasn’t stupid. There was reason to think it could work(and it still could).

        Even if my response wasn’t perfectly written, I think it was understandable, rational, and much more respectful than yours. I was honestly hoping to talk about this in a respectful way, but you seem to be more interested in making fun of me than anything else, so I guess that won’t be possible.

      • progress2011 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM


        This is a Big Boy blog site!

        It’s not for the sensitive dudes that need to be pampered and have your hand held, while someone gently rubs your head and tell you what’s going on.

        I didn’t coddle my children…..DEFINITELY not about to coddle a grown a** man (if you are grown)

        Because I checked your lack of FACTS and your inability to convey them, doesn’t mean I’m necessarily rude (maybe I am though….ahahhahaha).

        On this site:
        1. Bring your “FACTS”
        2. State them clearly
        3. Be prepared to defend your position
        4. Even if you get “thumbs down” other posters will respect your knowledge about the subject matter

        Otherwise, you might run thru your box of kleenex !!!

  7. coasttocoast12 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    When you’re losin games.. on your home court.. who you gonna call? Coachbusters!

    D-Will and Dwight Howard

    • chucklewis13 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Add Kobe to the list of Coach Killers too.

    • juanandonly24 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      And they wanted to be on the same team…lol

  8. lakerslegacy2432 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    DWILL & TO locker room cancers!!!!!

    • dangernearing - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Cancer, really?? Try again and have some tact

      • capone888 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        I am sure he was using the second meaning of cancer, look it up:
        cancer – 2.) any evil condition or thing that spreads destructively; blight.

        Don’t be overly sensitive.

    • jr9901 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      If you’re gonna use initials and/or nicknames, `you think maybe you should at least stick to one sport?

  9. blantoncollier - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    And they hired PJ Carlesimo–what did he last about one week in his last gig?

    NBA–where the inmates run the place.

  10. warriors2533 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    hey I am d will I will kill your career and play like an overrated bastard If you wanna be my coach I will get you fired and leave to a new team

  11. billyjsunday69 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Deron Williams = 2, Coaches = 0

  12. biasedhomer - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    The problem was not Avery, the players are just not that great. And that fault goes onto GM Billy King.

    Deron Willaims $98M for 5 yrs
    Joe Johnson $88M for 4 yrs
    Brooks Lopez $65M for 4 yrs
    Gerald Wallace $40M for 4 yrs
    Kris Humphries $24M for 2 yrs

    That team is going no where for the next 4 years.

    • zerole00 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      That’s an expensive ticket for a bus to nowhere.

    • lmoneyfresh - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      They spent waaay too much to be competitive. Not contenders, but competitive. They needed to build a foundation through the draft and then make some splashes. Oh well though, Jay-Z will totally make the team better.

      • zerole00 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Which is funny because being “competitive” in the NBA is like being in purgatory – you’re not bad enough to get a good draft pick and you’re not good enough to compete for a championship.

    • abchome - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      They just criminally overpay every starter. In no way this starting lineup, production or stardom, would worth over $70 million per in salaries.

  13. somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    This is what Billy King does. He puts together decent, but nowhere near good enough to win rosters, overpays for everyone, and winds up in too much cap trouble to make any meaningful moves. When the Nets finally realize this and fire him, they will then need 3-4 years to recover as they wait for those ridiculous, untradeable contracts to run out. This is the guy who game fortunes to George Lynch, Kenny Thomas, Eric Snow etc etc

    It’s his sixers model all over again, just exchange D-Will for AI. It’s ashame that Johnson, who I always thought was a good but not great coach, is the one to pay for it

    As a sixers fan, I can tell you, I hoped at this point I could say “the best day for the sixers in the last decade was the day they traded for Bynum”. Alas, at least to this point, I still have to say “the best day for the sixers in the last decade is the day Billy King was finally fired”

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Forgot to add, the overpaid guys King brings in won’t be bad enough to get a top pick. Even when a gem does slip through and is available, this is a guy who took Larry Hughes over Paul Pierce. Because you know, what they needed on a team with AI was an athletic shooting guard who didn’t play defense. (i guess i should point out the sarcasm on a message board)

      • dangernearing - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        well, Pierce didnt become a decent defender until Doc arrived. If you remember he and Antoine Walker playing together it ws all offense. Not defending the pick because he should have selected Dirk or Pierce and then in the second selected Cuttino Mobley. That would have been a killer draft.

      • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        True, but he was still in a position you could play with Iverson. You couldn’t with Hughes, because the other teams guards would torch them all night. They even tried forcing Hughes in to a SF role for a while so they could get them to play together (of course that didn’t work). At least PP was a spot up shooter, who everyone knew could shoot the lights out.

        I don’t really entertain Dirk as an option, becuase I don’t think Larry Brown would of ever let that happen. He would of had no interest in a big Euro that didn’t defend, even if the pick was made, Brown just would of burried him on the bench in favor of Tyrone Hill or one of those Davis guys that followed him around for a decade

    • kinggw - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      I respectfully disagree. The Nets situation is not entirely on Billy King. A great deal of what King did in terms of personnel was at the behest of the owner. Its easy to criticize now, but when the Nets are healthy, they are among the better teams in the East. They’ve been slowed by injuries to Lopez and most recently Humphries. This team has only been together for two months, we haven’t seen their best.

      This Nets team is nothing like the team King put together in Philly. Williams has a lot more talent around than Iverson did. I also wouldn’t fault King for passing on Paul Pierce. Eight other teams besides the Sixers passed on him and they already had a 6’10 guy with guard skills in Tim Thomas, not to mention Hughes had more upside than Pierce. Hindsight is always 20/20. King was not as bad as you think.

      • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

        Hughes was the biggest gamble in the draft. He had 1 mildly impressive season in college against mediocre competition, and had a irregular heart issue pop up right before the draft. His upside was as a scoring guard with defensive issues, basically an AI light

        They also played T Thomas almost exclusively at the 4. But much more importantly, traded him to Milwaulkee after Hughes rookie year, so it’s not like they were married to him

  14. dunkindan - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    It’s all about Chemistry. Can Andray Blatche help with that? I don’t think so.

    • dangernearing - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Actually, Blatche was AT LEAST performing. When the last time he’s been quiet and actually out of the news for negative reasons? avery got something outta him most wouldnt.

      • pl4tinum514 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Believe it or not, Blatche is top 20 in PER in the NBA right now.

  15. reupjosh - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    King should be the one on the chopping block. Ridiculous contracts.

  16. marksp18 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    As a Lakers fan, I remember when they fired Paul Westhead because Magic could not play for him or in his system. A lot of people reacted the same way as many of the people leaving comments here.

    The Lakers were right to fire Westhead. Pat Riley is eternally grateful too. The Lakers went on to win games and some championships as well.

    People can blame King all they want but he has put together a pretty good roster. Ask Mike Dunlap, coach of the Bobcats, if he would take the Nets roster?

    The owner has put up all the money he possibly can and will be paying some luxury tax money too.

    Bottom line is the Nets are paying Williams a hell of a lot more money than Avery Johnson. The fans are coming to see Williams play, not Avery coach. So if it comes down to one or the other then do the math.

    Avery Johnson was given a pretty dang good roster to work with and could not even keep his star player happy and have him want to run his system. He got himself fired.

    Williams may be a “coack killer” or whatever people want to call him but he also is a very good point guard whose opinion should matter for whatever team he is playing.

    A coach needs to adapt his system to fit his personnel.

    • d2thejr - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      good post

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      There wasn’t a cap back when Majic and PW had those issues. King did put together and OK team, But that is all they are, is an OK team. This team is what they should be, a 5-8 seed that if they get in a slide, could all out miss the playoffs. If they get on a run, could finish 3-4. But unfortunately, that is what they will be for the next 4 years

      Always average is Billy King’s creed. They will never be great, they will never be terrible. They will be in the mix for the honor of being blasted by one of the top seeds every year. Would Bobcats fans accept that? Maybe. I would think most fans around the NBA (Bobcats included) would rather take some losing with hope on the horizon, than being average and knowing you will stay that way. Although unfortunately for Bobcats fans, I dont’ think they’ll get either

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Also, PJ isn’t exactly a “players coach”

      • marksp18 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        I did not read that PJ would be the permanent new coach.

    • louhudson23 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Comparing those Lakers who won a title the year before to this team Nets team is pretty funny and hardly comparable. The Nets are a loose assemblage of high salaries.No more and no less.

    • progress2011 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Faker logic NEVER makes sense !!!

      Can’t believe you came on here to post about strategy or anything else…especially since the FAKERS fired Mike Brown.

      You are still losing (just got SPANKED by the Nuggets)….

      Now most Faker fans want the new coach fired…..ahahahahahahahaha !

      You are in NO position to give opinions or advice pertaining to how to handle coaching decisions vs personnel issues! ahahahahahaha

      Who the Fakers gonna get SPANKED by next….I can’t wait !

    • jr9901 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      @MSP0818 — you wrote: “Williams may be a “coach killer” or whatever people want to call him but he also is a very good point guard whose opinion should matter for whatever team he is playing.”

      Having your opinion “matter” sounds reasonable, and is reasonable. But unfortunately, it’s irrelevant here — because the problems in Brooklyn are MUCH deeper than whether or not they’re listening to Williams’ “opinions.”

      Being a “coach killer” — a designation which Williams has now clearly earned — is so much worse than opinion-mattering, it’s ridiculous to even discuss it. The problem in Brooklyn is CLEARLY DWILL, a whining loser who will deflect all blame onto his coach 100% of the time when something — anything — goes wrong.

      Williams has some PG skills, no question. But he hasn’t the heart and head of a winner, nor the character of an aardvark. Winners admit when they’re screwing up and seek ways to improve. DWill’s modus operandi is the exact opposite.

  17. mogogo1 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    What exactly is the grand plan in all this? That Williams will play better for PJ than he did for Johnson? This dream of the Nets taking New York by storm didn’t last very long and they’re looking like the same lost, inept franchise they were in New Jersey for the past several decades.

    • marksp18 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      I really do not see what is wrong with their record right now. They are in the 8 spot right now but 2 games back of being the 4 seed.

      My Lakers are not even in the playoffs right now and I am not worried at all.

      The Nets have a bunch of new players coming together for the first time trying to figure out how they can play together still. I think that by April this team will be playing much better with each other.

      There is too much talent to continue to flounder. They are not going to be a team that many are going to want to face in the playoffs. Just like my Lakers.

      • progress2011 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        More FAKER logic !

        You are not worried…..GREAT !

        At the rate the FAKERS are getting pounded, you won’t have to get worried because you won’t have a remote chance of making the playoffs anyway….ahahahaha

        Last nights game against the Nuggets (with your full roster intact) exposed all the flaws, most of us predicted at the beginning of the season:

        If you expect Nash at 39 to be your savior, that’s even better !

        1. Nash can’t continue to put up 30+ minutes every night, or he will be injured again
        2. Nash has ZERO chance of checking ANY of the guards in the West. Ty Lawson had his LUNCH last night. Never mind trying to check CP3, Parker, Westbrook, Lillard etc. etc. etc.

        3. Howard never learned to play on-the-ball defense or to properly rotate. His defense is limited to playing out of position, to get a few highlight blocks
        4. Fake MJ/ Harlem Globetrotter won’t stop taking ill advised shots that disrupt any possibility of developing an offensive flow.
        5. I won’t even mention that bench, most WNBA teams will beat…..ahahahaa

        But if you are not worried……..COOL !

  18. mungman69 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM


  19. flyyseven - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Ha ha ha the nets are going to be the best team in NY what a joke,DWill is over paid and over hyped,Hello Brooklyn

    • badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Why do you think they made a movie called “Straight out of Brooklyn ?” Sucker MC

  20. eflem80 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I blame the Knick hating analyst on every network who deemed this team “the best team in NY” -Charles Barkley & “a real threat to Miami & Boston” – Chris Webber. This team was never either one of those things & Avery is paying the price. This is a 25 win team who’s only significant addition was Joe Johnson….that’s suppose to get them 30 more wins???? No, there are exactly what theory record says they are…a .500 team and a 6th seed at best.

  21. d2thejr - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    For all the comments about PJ Carlisamo being hired to take over and the comments about do you really think PJ will get D-Will to play better than Coach Avery…. you idiots PJ has already been there the whole time coaching! He was already a coach on that team!!! You idiots need to know the personal of a team before you make dumb comments!!!!!!!

  22. truwarier90 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    1st- deron williams is a bigger coach killer than iverson and marbury.

    2nd- didnt jAY-Z and russian mob boss mikhail learn from philly, that billy loves to hand out ridiculous long-term deals and ruins salary caps.

    3- get rid of the humphries distraction.

    4- they need a legit center that score on the low block.

    5-no more wasting time on giving out contracts in order to sell newspapers.

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      You can call AI lot of things, but I dont’ get coach killer. LB was with AI a long time. Karl outlasted AI in Denver. He wasn’t important enough in Detroit, or any of his stops after, to get a coach fired.

      You can say there was no way you could win with AI, but I don’t see how you can call him a coach killer

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Yeah, that one was a head scratcher…

  23. truwarier90 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    d2thejr – Dec 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    For all the comments about PJ Carlisamo being hired to take over and the comments about do you really think PJ will get D-Will to play better than Coach Avery…. you idiots PJ has already been there the whole time coaching! He was already a coach on that team!!! You idiots need to know the personal of a team before you make dumb comments!!!!!!!

    Dude its personnel, not personal. Don’t be a player hater.

    • d2thejr - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      HAHA. You the hater! Even though you knew exactly what i meant you decided to be a smart ass! Im just informing people what they have no clue about! Hey i left an R off of my your at the beginning of this comment, why dont you make a post about that you cheese whiz!!

  24. billyblazin - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Reblogged this on *5 STAR LIFE*.

  25. cooladrian22 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    As a Nets fan I have to agree with the decision. If you watched the Nets games, you could see him be continually out coached every single game. An example was in a game not so long ago, the Nets were down like 3 points with 1 timeout left and 30 seconds or so. Avery burned that last timeout for no apparent reason, the Nets were already up the court, and that lack of time out took away their chance of winning in the end.

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