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As you no doubt have heard, the new-look Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Avery Johnson after a 14-14 record to open the season (h/t Mike Mazzeo of ESPN).
The Nets jumped out to a hot 11-4 record to start the season but struggled to maintain their winning ways due to a mix of injuries and poor play.
Center and leading scorer Brook Lopez missed seven games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. Understandably, Brooklyn stumbled during that stretch, going 2-5 without its big man (who is averaging 17.5 points per game).
Truthfully, the Nets should feel lucky to be standing at .500 given the play from their backcourt tandem.
Deron Williams is shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc. Both of those numbers are career lows for D-Will.
Joe Johnson is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, which is his lowest percentage since 2003 when he played for the Phoenix Suns.
Both Williams and Johnson, two of the major cogs to this Nets team, have been ice cold shooting the basketball. How this is any fault of Coach Johnson is a mystery to me, but regardless of that fact, he’s currently out of a job.
Unless the Nets find a magician to take over as the next head coach, it’s hard to envision this team being much better.
Free-agent coaches, so to speak, include Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy and Jerry Sloan. They’re arguably the top three coaching candidates available, but Nets fans shouldn’t hold their breath.
According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, has said that Jackson has no interest in coaching the Nets.
Additionally, Van Gundy has no interest in taking over in Brooklyn, according to Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel via Twitter:
Sloan obviously isn’t a viable hire due to his strained relationship with Williams (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
Where the Nets go from here is a toss-up, but firing Johnson gives the Nets no more excuses.