Avery Johnson has had a rather inconsistent coaching career with, over a relatively brief period of time, the full spectrum of support. He was named the 2006 Coach of the Year with the Dallas Mavericks in his first season of award eligibility, but was dismissed by the team two years later.
Like many unwanted coaches, Johnson took his talents to ESPN for two years. Also like many unwanted play callers, his return to the sidelines has been anything but natural.
New Jersey finished the 2011-12 season 22 games under .500. They also ranked near the bottom in many Hollinger Team Statistics, such as defensive efficiency (29th), offensive efficiency (23rd) and true shooting percentage (23rd), which takes into account free throws and three-point shots.
Any head coach behind those numbers is going to have his employment questioned, and with the move to Brooklyn and expectations at an all-time high for the Nets, outcry for Johnson’s removal will only continue to increase in the event of any perceived failure by his team.
Let’s take a look at three reasons Avery Johnson should go.