Avery Johnson

One on One Talks Nets Basketball with The New York Times’ Howard Beck

by Nolan Silbernagel

Steve Mitchell/ USA Today Sports

 

Nolan Silbernagel and Mike Valdetara ask Howard Beck whether the firing of Brooklyn’s Head Coach Avery Johnson was justified or premature.  They also talk about what possible replacement coaches could be, and if there is any chance the Nets land Phil Jackson.

They also talk about whether the preseason goals of Brooklyn were too unrealistic and if there was too much hype around this team after their hot start.

Click on the plug-in links below to listen.

Antsy Nets Axe Avery Johnson

by Julian Atienza

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Mikhail Prokhorov and the rest of Brooklyn Nets ownership fired Head Coach Avery Johnson early this morning on the heels of blowout losses to the Celtics on Christmas day and the Bucks last night. During his press conference this afternoon, General Manager Billy King said: “I just thought he [Avery Johnson] wasn’t able to get through to the players… somehow it just wasn’t translating to the players on the floor, for whatever reason.”

New York City Back in a Basketball State of Mind

by Steve Simineri

Bruce Damonte

For what seems like forever now, New York City has been called a basketball town. But, that really hasn’t been the feeling around these parts for quite some time now. The Yankees own the hearts of most of the city, with seventeen postseason appearances during the last 18 seasons and 5 Championships.

The Nets Draw First Blood

by Kenny Ducey

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The atmosphere at 620 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was nothing like anyone had seen before. The Nets were cheered in their home arena, Knicks fans were drowned out, and Carmelo Anthony was showered in boos just 3 miles from where he was born. It wasn’t something unique and isolated in history; rather, something new.

A rivalry? Deron Williams tried to downplay the hype. “It’s one game, it was a good win for us…we can’t just be excited like we just won a championship. We didn’t win the championship of New York.”