In a rant that featured colorful language and multiple retweets supporting his father, Johnson Jr. was clearly irked at the lack of opportunity he felt his father had—and he brought up some strong points:
(Warning: the following tweets contain some profanity):
This is a fuxking Outrage. My dad is a great coach, he just got coach of the month and they Fire him. #Smh. Completely new team he had.— Avery Johnson Jr. (@itsaveryjohnson) December 27, 2012
The expectations were way to high for this team. We didn't even have a losing record.... Didn't even give my dad a full season. #OUTRAGE— Avery Johnson Jr. (@itsaveryjohnson) December 27, 2012
I'm sorry are best players couldn't make open shots. Yeah that's my dads fault totally...— Avery Johnson Jr. (@itsaveryjohnson) December 27, 2012
Johnson was awarded NBA Coach of the Month in both October and November. The Nets are 3-7 in their last 10 games but still sit at 14-14 despite the recent hardships. Consecutive blowout losses to the Boston Celtics at home and on the road against Milwaukee were apparently enough to seal Johnson's fate, though.
With so much season in front of Brooklyn and a star-studded lineup featuring Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez that is still trying to mesh, it's hard to believe Avery Johnson got the pink slip so suddenly.
The Nets regime is clearly determined to win now, but this seemed like a bit of an extreme move. Although he used sarcasm and a touch of inappropriate language, Johnson Jr. had a right to feel upset about his father's firing.
For what it's worth, Nets forward Andray Blatche empathized with the coach's son, expressing his appreciation for the job Avery Sr. did in his tenure:
@brooklynnets11 yes he was a great coach— andray blatche (@drayblatche) December 27, 2012
According to Yahoo! NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, P.J. Carlesimo will take over on an interim basis for Avery Johnson.
Check back here for the latest as the Nets saga continues to unfold.