Jason Kidd, Deron Williams

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Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has, according to some naysayers, earned the reputation as a coach killer: he reportedly caused his former Utah Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan to retire after a dispute over how the team should be run a few years back, and criticized former Nets coach Avery Johnson's offensive system just days before Johnson was fired as Brooklyn's head coach last winter.

After last night's preseason win over the Miami Heat, Williams sounded off about his reputation as a "coach killer" and how he likes his offense to be run.... MORE →

 

Jason Kidd (AP)

NBA players and coaches, current and former, sounded off in the media and on Twitter on the prospect of Jason Kidd as head coach. Judging by their reactions, it seems like most of the league is in his corner, even his former coach, Avery Johnson. Though it appears Patrick Ewing Jr.'s not so happy. ... MORE →

 


h/t Max Weisberg

Tonight at 6:00 P.M., former Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson is speaking at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of discussion? "The Business of Basketball."

The Nets, ironically enough, are in Philadelphia tonight taking on the 76ers.

Do you live near there? Do you not have tickets to the Nets game? Bored and want to see what Avery Johnson has to say? Let us know.

 

Miami Heat LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets Deron WilliamsLeBron James spoke out against how the Brooklyn Nets played under Avery Johnson, saying that it "sucks" that Avery had to get the axe when his team didn't "want to play at a high level."

LeBron's full quote, from the New York Daily News, after the jump... MORE →

 

C.J. WatsonBrooklyn Nets backup guard C.J. Watson was profiled in a feature for SLAM Magazine today, dishing on the team, the turnaround, and the issues that led to Avery Johnson's firing... MORE →

 

By JOSH SPERBER

After starting the season off 11-4, one of the best starts in franchise history, Johnson and the Nets managed a dismal 3-10 record in December. What went wrong, and why did the Nets fire Avery Johnson?

First up: The Hype

 


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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 →

 

UPDATE:

Earlier today, he retweeted this:

A few hours later, he offered this:

Plus other tweets and retweets from Junior defending pa:

 

Nominees already suggested in the forums include:

Jerry Sloan
Phil Jackson
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Seinfeld
The Van Gundys
Butch Beard
John Calipari
Patrick Ewing

Who do you think should be the next Nets coach? Discuss here.

 

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.