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  1. Avery aims for defensive decency

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Newark. If the Nets are going to build something on the ground charred by their ’09-’10 season that went up in flames, it’s going to take some time. New Jersey’s significant roster upgrades from this offseason are a good start. The Nets now have the raw…

  2. Devin Harris not happy to be in middle of trade rumors

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    New Nets coach Avery Johnson has pumped up Devin Harris at every turn. He is mentioned in every discussion of the young core. Johnson talked about getting Harris back to slashing into the lane, scoring more, being a focal point of the offense. And then Harris shows up in trade rumors, with him headed to…

  3. Nets want the old slashing, scoring Devin Harris back

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Two seasons ago Devin Harris was slashing into defenses, scoring 21.3 points per game on a true shooting percentage of 56.3. He was one of the best young point guards in the game. Last season, the Nets tried to make him more of a passer — his percentage of assists went up and his shots…

  4. Avery Johnson bringing a little of his native New Orleans to New Jersey. No, not the gumbo part.

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets fans did not show up with bags over their heads last season. Mostly, they just didn’t show up. But the Nets were embarrassed by a 12-win season. New coach Avery Johnson knows about that — he grew up in New Orleans a Saints fan. Where fans wearing bags over their heads was…

  5. NBA Season Preview: The New Jersey Nets

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Today we continue PBT’s run through every team in the NBA, looking at the changes for the upcoming year. Every weekday from now through the start of the season a new team will be the focus. We started with the Knicks yesterday, and will spend this week in the Atlantic Division. Last season: A nightmare.…

  6. Avery Johnson has one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson has a chip, one NBA Championship ring. He got it as a member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs. Oh, and now he’s got a Super Bowl ring. Yes, 5’7″, 175 soaking wet Johnson has an NFL Championship ring. Yahoo’s Marc Spears took the picture and linked to it in a tweet —…

  7. The Flip Side: Anthony Morrow's life after Golden State

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  8. Avery Johnson, hanging out in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    This is what you get when your team has a Russian owner. Nets coach Avery Johnson is in Moscow and both played and coached in a pickup game with CSKA Moscow, the Russian squad Mikhail Prokhorov owned before he purchased the Nets. The official Nets Web site has pictures and tells of the events (via…

  9. Derrick Favors is just like Tim Duncan, except hardly and not at all

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    In his last head coaching job, Avery Johnson whittled down the patience and nerves of his players over about three seasons. There’s apparently only so much of Avery — or, in fairness, of that Avery — that a team can take, and by the time he was let go by the Dallas Mavericks at the…

  10. Former Sixers General Manager Billy King near deal to take over reins of Nets

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: 11:03 am: It’s official, King has taken the New Jersey job, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. King spent almost a decade as the head man in Philly, but you have to wonder if new Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will want his own man calling the shots in a few years. For…

  11. Mikhail Prokhorov makes his first big move, agrees to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    After whiffing on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, and likely LeBron James as well, the Nets had to do something. So they’ve agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw, which makes sense but doesn’t. Outlaw is a pretty average player, and he’ll make slightly more than that…

  12. Nets plan to be patient with Derrick Favors

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is going to be good, maybe very good. Someday. Right now he is a raw rookie who is about to have to refine his game in the rough world of the NBA. It’s not an easy transition for the best of them. Avery Johnson knows this, and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts…

  13. Avery Johnson optimistic in introductory conference

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Now updated with some video highlights at the end. Any coach taking over the reigns of a team that won 12 out of 82 games the year before should probably believe in the power of positive thinking, and new Nets coach Avery Johnson apparently does. Johnson wasn’t shy about predicting big success for the Nets…

  14. Avery Johnson may hire Sam Mitchell as an assistant

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Fired ex-coaches stick together. Apparently. Because according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, new Net’s head man Avery Johnson is interviewing former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell for an assistant’s job. Always a smart thing to have a former Coach of the Year on the sidelines. And it’s good to see Mitchell get another chance. Other assistant…

  15. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  16. Avery Johnson's new gig: And now for something completely different

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    When Avery Johnson got his new coaching job — a coveted one, head man for the New Jersey Nets — the natural thing to do was to bring up his coaching record in Dallas. Three plus seasons, .735 winning percentage, two 60 plus win seasons, took a team to the NBA finals. But that job…

  17. What's next for the Hawks?

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner. Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what? It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry…

  18. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  19. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

  20. Hawks' coaching search rages on, the bottle spins back to Mark Jackson

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Supposedly the Hawks were set on Avery Johnson. Then they were set on Dwane Casey. Now the race appears to be wide open again, as Mark Jackson was brought in for a second interview. From Sam Amick of FanHouse: The Atlanta Hawks will interview ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson for a second time for their head…

  21. Mike Brown to be interviewed by the Nets

    May 29, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Brown has coached a team to the best record in the East two consecutive years. Critics can point to the playoff flameouts, the simplistic offenses, the heavy reliance on LeBron James. (That last one makes no sense — if you have LeBron James you better use him a lot. Who should shoot more on…

  22. Nets begin interview process with Avery Johnson

    May 28, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rod Thorn knows what he has — a team with a lot of potential. Good young players (and another coming this draft), an owner with deep pockets, a team on the move this year then really on the move in a couple years to a big market. In a couple of years, the Nets —…

  23. Apparently everybody loves Avery Johnson, or at least a lot of GMs do

    May 21, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Little General has options. Avery Johnson is apparently a popular choice among general managers around the league and could be the guy in New Orleans or New Jersey, according to reports. The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that he is a frontrunner for that head coaching vacancy — however to return to his hometown…

  24. Atlanta Hawks begin coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 20, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson made the Atlanta Hawks better but oversaw a slow offense despite having amazing athletes for the fast break, and he could never get them over the hump in the playoffs. So the Hawks let him walk. Their first look at a replacement coach? Avery Johnson, according to NBA.com’s writing on twitter. Johnson is…

  25. Avery Johnson may not be the Hornets man, they keep interviewing

    May 17, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    When the New Orleans Hornets went in search of a new coach, the prevailing wisdom was this was Avery Johnson’s job to lose. He’s a Louisiana native, he likes a style and pace that would suit Chris Paul, and the incoming owner Gary Chouest liked him. Johnson may have lost it. Depends on who you…

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