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Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson
Position: None
Born: 03/25/65
Height: 5-11 / 1.80
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Avery Johnson is the new head men’s basketball coach at Alabama. At a job that requires not only coaching, but selling recruits and their families, Johnson is resorting back to his old days as Mavericks coach. “I learned so much working with Mark Cuban and working with our staff there and Keith Grant and Donnie Nelson and all those guys, so whether it was in terms of the type of athlete you should try to recruit for your system, hiring the right coaching staff, you know, a lot of the entertainment that the Mavericks provide for the fans at the games,” Johnson told the Tuscaloosa News. “We’re trying to adopt and incorporate a lot of what they do at our games.”
Avery Johnson, nicknamed the “Little General” during his playing days in the NBA, has sold his mansion-estate in The Woodlands, Texas, for $6.1 million – about 32% less than his original commanded price. The Mediterranean-style estate, designed by Jaurequi Architect and completed in 2005, backs the 17th hole of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Carlton Woods with a full-sized basketball court and a tiered pool on about two acres.
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Q: How are you enjoying TV work compared to coaching? Avery Johnson: At the moment, I love what I’m doing coaching millions of people with the opportunity to work with ESPN on all of our shows. So it’s great. I had a chance to cover the University of Kentucky’s open practice, I’m calling a high school game on Dec. 8, the high school my son attended. He’s now at Texas A&M. I love the opportunity to coach the audience and entertain. Obviously, if a coaching opportunity presents itself then I’ll address that at that time. But I love what I’m doing right now, and that’s what I see myself doing as time wears on.
From 1993-94 until now, who are five coaches you have most enjoyed interacting with? Marc Stein: I’m incredibly blessed at ESPN, where I’ve had the chance to work closely with a bunch of great ones. Trying, again, to do this off the top of my head, I’m thinking of Hubie Brown, Rick Carlisle, Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, Mark Jackson, P.J. Carlesimo, Paul Silas, Jeff Van Gundy, George Karl and, of course, Dr. Jack Ramsay, who sadly passed away recently.
Avery Johnson is enjoying his respite between NBA jobs, working as an ESPN analyst and preparing to watch his son, Avery Jr., enter his freshman season with the Texas A&M basketball team. So Johnson is not in search of one of the five available coaching openings, although he has had great success in the past and wouldn’t count out coaching again. Johnson was fired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012, after being named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November.
Mark Cuban On how many NBA teams have team psychologists: “None that I’m aware of. Some will have a psychologist that’s available on call, but none will have it fill-time. He’s got like a 7-year contract. I think one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made since I bought the Mavs was Avery (Johnson) didn’t want him there, and we let him go. I think that impacted 2006. He wanted that control. It was more of a control thing.”
No expense was spared on amenities, either. Situated on 1.69 acres that overlook the 17th hole of the golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus for The Club at Carlton Woods, the oversized residence features a wood-paneled office and library that spans two floors, basketball-court-themed bedrooms, a theater room, and a game room with a wet bar. Outside, the property has a full basketball court and sports area, a motor court and a pool with water features. The Little General’s mansion first marched onto the market last summer with a price tag of $9 million. But after roughly six months with no sale, it appears Johnson has set his sights a bit lower. The property now lists for $7.5 million.
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They do things bigger in Texas, plain and simple. Just look at the sprawling mansion-estate owned by former San Antonio Spurs star and NBA coach Avery Johnson. The 5-foot-11 Johnson went by the nickname “Little General” during his playing days, but there’s nothing little about his 14,396-square-foot manse in The Woodlands, TX. Designed by Jauregui Architect in 2003, the athlete’s home certainly doesn’t skimp on the finer things in life. Marble flooring, grand pillars, detailed molding and murals exude a Grecian-style vibe, and cavernous ceilings and tall windows give the interior a spacious air.