What if the New Jersey Nets Had Hired Avery Johnson?

Janet KesslerCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2009

DALLAS - APRIL 25:  Head coach Avery Johnson of the Dallas Mavericks watches as his team takes on the New Orleans Hornets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on April 25, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 97-87  (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Nets have just announced GM Kiki Vandeweghe will be their new head coach.  Best of luck to ya Kiki.

What if they had hired Coach Avery Johnson?

Why not, Johnson is still available!  After all we're talking a former Head-Coach of the Year recipient with play-offs and finials experience.

He was a stellar point-guard in his days, and got a ring with the San Antonio Spurs.  His only fault is when he became a coach he forgot to hang up his jersey and shoes.

Could his strong, taller than his height persona be the thing the New Jersey Nets need?

Johnson could be a strong disciplinarian, just ask Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki.  Johnson once fined Dirk $10,000.00 for kicking a ball in training camp. 

There was no actual harm to Dirk, he was just clowning around, or the ball for that matter...Even though it had cleared the gym rafters when Johnson nailed Dirk with the fine.

Johnson would create unity in the Locker-Room!

Yep!  Just ask any of the current or former Mavericks that he coach how rock-solid the Locker-Room was during his tenure.  It was so together that after what would be the last game Johnson would coach, six members of the teams went to owner Mark Cuban for a meeting of minds. 

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These were the top members of the roster, they requested either something be done with out-of-control Johnson or Cuban could find trades for all of the six players present at that meeting...The rest as they say really was history!

But wait! We could ask current Nets star point-guard Devon Harris.

Harris came to the Nets from the Maverick you know. 

After Johnson declared Harris the starting point-guard at the start of the 2007 season, Harris never got to be in charge of the offense.  Johnson insisted on running the point from the bench. 

Johnson tried that same offensive scheme later, after Dallas traded with Jersey for Jason Kidd.  That really worked out well...for the opponents that is.

Last season Harris seemed to bloom and come into his own with the Nets.

Oohh maybe Johnson to the Nets would be Devon Harris' worse nightmare come true after all.  Wake up little Devon, it was just all a very bad dream!


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