Morning Shootaround: Barclays is hot, Avery’s seat getting warm?

  • Steve Kyler lists Avery Johnson as a coach potentially on the hot seat: “If Johnson cannot deliver a winner, he could be out. The saving grace for Johnson is that owner Mikhail Prokhorov likes him a great deal. But with so much of the Nets’ future riding on being good from day one, the expectations for Johnson have more than doubled.” Related: In yesterday’s Prokhorov interview, he said he expects Avery Johnson to become a “living legend.” No pressure or anything.
  • Barclays Center has brought more and more Manhattan yellow cabs to Brooklyn. With subways still down, they’re going to need a lot tomorrow for opening night.
  • Speaking of tomorrow night: still over 1,000 tickets left on StubHub.
  • Barclays Center gets a 4.4 out of 5 rating and glowing review by Stadium Journey: “When you enter Barclays, it feels connected to the surrounding area of Brooklyn. Throughout the arena, music is blasting through the speakers with a Brooklyn theme in mind. Whether it is Faith Hill’s “Brooklyn We Go Hard” or the Beastie Boys “No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn”, the anthems are present. The history of the Nets organization is also present; pictures, jerseys and memorabilia are placed all around Barclays to remind those in attendance that the team’s foundation began elsewhere. Even though the team name is less than a year old, fans all around the venue have newly acquired team gear, making the New Jersey Nets, seem like a thing of the distant past.”