Arrivederci, Avery Johnson.
The Brooklyn Nets have fired coach Avery Johnson, league source tells Yahoo! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 27, 2012
If we're honest, we can't say we are completely taken aback by the change.
Brooklyn began the season 11-4 and has since gone 3-10 over their last 13 games and are now sitting with the eighth best record in the Eastern Conference.
Coming out of an offseason that saw Brooklyn compile a payroll that exceeds $88 million this season, nothing short of contention was acceptable. As such, an early season collapse simply wasn't supposed to be in the cards and Johnson was ultimately shown the door.
Was this the right decision for the Nets? Did anyone outside of Johnson suffer from his sudden departure? Are any players bound to be particularly giddy about the move?
Johnson may be gone, but there is still plenty to figure out in Brooklyn.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of December 27, 2012.