Who is the best coach available to take over coaching duties for the Brooklyn Nets? The Nets fired their head coach Avery Johnson in a move that should wake the slumping team up and out of their malaise.
Before the firing, the Nets had a record of 14-14 and were losers of five out of six games. The Nets seemed to be on a downward spiral. Their record slid fast and there were questions about Johnson’s status during the losing streak.
Johnson was still miffed after learning of his ouster. He spoke to reporters in a press conference about his unexpected firing (as reported on ESPN.com/new-york).
You never think when you're a .500 team and then you're going into two more home games at home that something like this would happen. But this is ownership's decision, and this is what we sign up for. This is part of our business. Fair or unfair, it doesn't matter. But again, it's time for a new voice, and hopefully they'll get back on track.
One factor working against Johnson, he was coaching in the final year of his contract. He signed a three-year, $12 million deal to coach the Nets in the 2010 NBA offseason.
His lame-duck status and coaching a team struggling to win games eventually doomed Johnson. He was been dismissed from the team after guiding them to a 60-116 record.
Johnson's son, Avery Johnson Jr. took his frustrations to Twitter, here is his rant...
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
Now the question becomes; who is the best fit to coach this talented team?
For now, assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will be the Nets interim coach until a permanent replacement is hired.