ESPN’s Chad Ford: Avery “next to go if things don’t improve”

Stefan (Denmark)

Avery Johnson… Not a fan! How would the Nets look like, with Stan Van Gundy as their coach? I mean, besides removing the 0.000% chance of Dwight Howard coming to Brooklyn.

Chad Ford (1:20 PM)

He’ll be the next to go if things don’t improve. The Nets are stuck with this roster. They don’t have any real flexibility to make deals. So … coach will be the one to go. Van Gundy is a great choice, but you may be right. I think the Nets still hold out some hope that Dwight Howard will find a way to get there. If he does, Van Gundy can’t be the one waiting for him.

Read more: ESPN: Chat with Chad Ford

For what it’s worth, the organization — outside of Deron Williams’ comments about the limited offense — has been unwaveringly behind Johnson for the past three seasons, up to and including this year. Prokhorov and King have not made any mention that Johnson’s job is even in the slightest hint of danger, nor have their been any anonymous reports from within the organization that suggest Johnson’s job is in trouble.

But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. No one can be pleased with the losses the Nets have faced so far this season, and with even more pressure on tonight in Manhattan, you can believe that win or lose, every one of Johnson’s moves and decisions will be acutely scrutinized.


  1. I’m not really one to criticize Avery, but the Nets really have to replace him. He’s a good guy yes, and he’s done some good things with the defense and improving lost causes (i.e. Blatche, Green, etc.), but management has to realize if they want to contend, they need a new coach. Stan Van Gundy comes to mind, he’d be a great addition to the team. It just hurts me sometimes to see this team with so much talent not being utilized to it’s fullest potential.

  2. Im not against replacing him, but again, do it after the season. They looked fine last night winning by 13 at the half. Then they go and shit their pants. WTF are they doing at half time that they come out so FLAT?? 6th time they have a 10+ point lead and they lose.

    Is it really on Avery? I get that he’s not creative enough when drawing up a play with the game on the line but if they carry their 1st half performance to the 2nd half they’d have a couple more victories.

  3. Yeah, well, I AM one to criticize Avery, and the end cannot come too soon. For two years all we heard was that Avery didn’t have the players and it was all about Brooklyn. Well, Brooklyn is here and Avery has exactly the type of roster he wanted: veteran, versatile, and slow. For the first dozen games I was shocked: the Nets actually looked like a team with a coach, which they haven’t since El Frank was fired. The defense was SHARP. The offense was only OK, but on balance it was great.
    But Averyness will out, as they say, and it seems like the combination of micromanaging in-game and lack of planning between games is already having its effect. I think the team gets mentally worn down in the 2nd half of many games, from too much thinking about what Avery wants and not enough just playing the game.
    There’s nothing wrong with this team that a better coach can’t improve. And the best veteran ones out there (Phil and SVG and Larry Brown) are almost certain to make a move or two that we can’t anticipate (see: Rashard moved to PF, Rodman defending Shaq), but will be exciting and possibly change the whole style of the team. I don’t want to wait.