Brooklyn Nets' Success Can Be Traced to Coach Avery Johnson's Leadership

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Brooklyn Nets' Success Can Be Traced to Coach Avery Johnson's Leadership
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Fair or not, the rap on Avery Johnson in Dallas is he was a type-A control freak, the kind of coach who demanded without compassion, and who could prompt Dirk Nowitzki to describe the tenure as “a little dictatorship.” “I’ve heard that,” Deron Williams says, cracking a smile. “At times, he likes to micro-manage the game...”

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