Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson 2 The move to Brooklyn was supposed to signal the start of a new era in Nets basketball, but this season looks like more of the same for the franchise. After a busy offseason that saw the team bring in Joe Johnson and locking up Deron Williams, the Nets came out of the gate hot, going 11-4 over their first fifteen games, and on pace with the crosstown Knicks for the top seed in the East. All that changed on December 1st, when a 102-89 loss to the Miami Heat kicked off a miserable month for Brooklyn, one that included a 3-10 record and a pair of losses to the Knicks.

avery johnson headerLooking for someone to blame for this collapse, the Nets have fired coach Avery Johnson, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. They have replaced him temporarily with former NBA Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo. The firing has inspired a tirade from the coach’s son Avery Jr, who makes it clear that his father is not to blame for the team’s collapse.

There is some good news here for Nets fans. If any coach is an expert at dealing with a choking team it is P.J. Carlesimo.