Straight out of Brooklyn: The Fall of Avery Johnson

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Straight out of Brooklyn: The Fall of Avery Johnson
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It could have ended worse for Avery Johnson. He could have exited stage left, riding high over the Brooklyn Bridge on top of a hearse, and the experience wouldn't have been completely new. In Johnson's 2008 book Aspire Higher, a self-help sermon loaded with autobiographical anecdotes, he tells the story of hitching a ride on a hearse after he was late to practice while playing at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico.

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