Former Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson will work with ESPN as an analyst full-time, the network announced today.
“I have a wealth of knowledge that I’ve accumulated in my 23 years in the NBA as a head coach and point guard, and I’m excited to share my insights with NBA fans,” Johnson said in a statement released by ESPN. “I’m thrilled to rejoin ESPN and work with their talented team.”
After coaching two and a half seasons with the Mavericks, Johnson joined the Nets in the summer of 2010 with the best winning percentage in NBA history. That quickly dovetailed after two losing seasons, and Johnson was fired by the team on his wife’s birthday by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov last season after a disappointing 14-14 start. Johnson did analysis for ESPN after being fired, as did his replacement, former interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.