LeBron James, Avery Johnson’s son question firing

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, one month after he was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November, and two weeks after Deron Williams complained about the team’s offensive system.

Brooklyn entered the season with high expectations after acquiring Joe Johnson in the offseason and re-signing Gerald Wallace. They started off 11-4 and won five games to end November, but they’ve slid since then and are now 14-14.

News of Johnson’s firing came as a surprise to many people, including LeBron James, who questioned the move:

Avery Johnson’s son, Avery Jr., was much more blunt:

The truth is the Nets were projected to be anywhere from the third to sixth-best team in the Eastern Conference. Johnson even kept expectations low before the season, saying the Nets were not a championship team, despite what ownership may have believed. At 14-14, they’re currently eighth in the conference and only a few wins away from being where they were expected to finish.

Does the firing seem premature? It sure does to me, but when Deron Williams is unhappy, coaches get fired. First it was Jerry Sloan, and now it’s Avery Johnson.

GM Billy King says ownership made the final decision to fire Johnson, but Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says King made the call.

At his press conference, King made it clear he was dissatisfied with the job Johnson had been doing.

“Watching us, we just didn’t have the same fire we had when we were 11-4,” Kind said. “I’ve been trying to talk to Avery to figure it out, but we weren’t able to pinpoint what was missing. You lose by 17 to the Celtics, you lose to the Knicks like you did, you lose to Milwaukee … these are teams that you talk about competing (against).”

King says he told Johnson that he wasn’t reaching the players anymore.

“We didn’t like the direction we were going,” he said.

I dunno, maybe they should have given it another week to see where it went.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.stuart.3572 Bill Stuart

    Avery wears out his welcome faster than most, though not necessarily in a bad way.  He’s just really intense.  Even Pat Riley admitted that you only have so much time before your players get deaf to you.

  • thamolas

    If the Nets pick up Phil Jackson, then it was worth it from a business  perspective. But Avery’s a good guy and a good coach and deserved better.

  • http://twitter.com/wynnie57 wynette bates

    Tell Deron to grow the fuk up. Every coach gets fired becausehe complains like a spoiled brat. Did it ever occur to anyone that it just might be DERON!!!!

  • BigMixxx

    Bad move overall to fire him, especially playing with a team that is NOT championship calibur. Deron williams is a Solid All star point guard, but that team has a LOT of rookies and some players that have been in the league 5 to 7 years, with a couple of 1 year ‘VETS’.

    PJ will probably do no better than avery COULD have done.  But the experience is not there.  With that unit, in the locker room, there is not a lot of cohesiveness and Williams COULD have lead that effort.  Apparently he just does not like the nets…

  • Jaebria123

    Hey Billy,  Money does not guarantee winning.  You guys should have given Avery the chance to go through a stuff stretch with his team.  The Nets will not win the hearts of New Yorkers that way.  We waited a long time on the Knicks

  • akimofro

    I agree, Billy King is a douche, D-Will is a spoiled, bigshot, brat and the Nets will never win over New Yorkers with Williams just there playing for the money. This team deserves players who are intense, who are dedicated, loyal and unselfish…hardly a description of their point guard!

  • waltcar108

    Is it just me or does Deron look out of shape & soft. Not a Pillsbury Doughboy like Barkley but most guards look fitter than him. I think all those 4th quarter fades started in the back court.