Avery Johnson is out in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Nets have fired coach Avery Johnson, league source tells Yahoo! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 27, 2012
Though the move is somewhat surprising—especially considering Johnson won NBA Coach of the Month honors for October and November—it is not entirely shocking.
After beginning the season 11-4, the Nets have gone 3-10 over their last 13 games and are now clinging on to the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot by a mere half game.
While such circumstances render the move easy to justify, the issues in Brooklyn are far from resolved. The team will now be tasked with finding a suitable replacement for the departed Johnson.
Per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will assume the interim head coaching duties for now. As for what will happen next, that much remains unclear.
One thing, however, is for sure—there are no shortage of viable candidates to take over the reins in Johnson's stead.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of December 27, 2012.