Will the New Orleans Hornets Give Avery Johnson a Call?

November 16th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
After management handed Byron Scott a pink slip last week, the New Orleans Hornets need a head coach.

Does anyone think General Manager-turned interim coach Jeff Bower will last more than a few months?

Avery Johnson, fired by the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, wants to return to the sidelines.

He's cajun, he played point guard for 11-plus seasons, and his short track record shows he can get underachievers over some tough hurdles.

The Hornets' star attraction is a point guard who needs someone to help his team advance in the postseason.

How's that for convenience?

Do not consider this a "little general" endorsement, but a coaching vacancy in Johnson's home state begs the question: Would George Shinn put this defensive-minded, control freak in charge of his struggling squad?

Johnson likes to control everything, and some would say that makes him no better for the job than Scott.

Both men won championship rings as complimentary players. They understand the game's nuances, what wins, and how to deal with big egos.

When the Mavericks parted ways with Don Nelson, Johnson was taking ...

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