In his farewell to Brooklyn Nets basketball, now-former Nets coach Avery Johnson spoke honestly about his tenure with the Nets organization, acknowledging that the move caught him off guard and that he wanted more time with the roster.

"This is ownership's decision," Johnson said in a 17-minute press conference. "This is part of our business. Fair or unfair, it doesn't matter.

"It's not easy to always explain," Johnson continued when asked why. "You'll have to ask (Nets owner) Mikhail (Prokhorov) what his rationale is. ... If somebody else thinks maybe we should be 24-4, that's their opinion, and if I have to pay the price for that, that's the way the business is."

Johnson thanked many members of the organization for the opportunity to work with them, including ownership, management, coaching staff, and player personnel, but seemed to leave with a bitter taste in his mouth... MORE →


Johnson was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for November, after leading the Nets to an 11-4 start, their best in franchise history. The team has gone 3-10 since in December, most recently losing 108-93 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, P.J. Carlesimo will be named the team's interim coach. Billy King will officially address the situation at 4 P.M. today.

And here we go.