Avery Johnson to New Jersey Nets: Good or Bad?

June 9th, 2010 by Rachel Marcus Leave a reply »
Various news outlets have reported that the Nets are in contract negotiations with Avery Johnson to become their new head coach.

Johnson, who previously coached the Mavericks a few years back, is a current analyst for ESPN. If the Nets were to sign Johnson as coach (and that appears to be the case), then he has the high task of turning this team around.

Can he get the Nets back into contention?

Here are the pros and cons of Johnson.



1. Johnson won Coach of the Year for the Mavs back in 2006. He has great knowledge of the game and was a floor leader for the Spurs up until the early 2000s.

2. He is close enough in age to the players for them to respect him as mentor, and he can understand what they are going through more than an old fart.

3. He would have a talented group to coach (assuming the Nets get a top free agent and a solid draft pick), and an owner willing to do anything to make this club good. He has also coached Nets guard Devin Harris before.

4. He has passion for the game; that is obvious when you hear him talk. Does that translate to coaching? Absolute ...

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