HoopsHype Avery Johnson rumors

December 27, 2012 Updates

According to a person with knowledge of the team's plans, Nets assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will be named the team's interim coach. The person requested anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced. USA Today Sports

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Gery Woelfel: I'm hearing Avery Johnson and Deron Williams aren't seeing eye to eye. I'll bet Jerry Sloan will be shocked to hear that. Twitter @GeryWoelfel

December 26, 2012 Updates

Kris Humphries wasn’t around to engage in the latest round of hostilities with the Celtics in yesterday’s 93-76 loss, as the Nets power forward remained sidelined by a late-breaking “mild” abdominal strain and continued his midseason fall from grace. Coach Avery Johnson said Humphries, who started the team’s first 18 games and 20 of the first 25 after re-signing a two-year deal worth $24 million in the offseason, will not make the trip to Milwaukee for tonight’s game against the Bucks, his third straight absence. Humphries then will be reevaluated. Humphries’ injury was not mentioned when he sat out Sunday’s home win over the 76ers, with Johnson calling it a “coach’s decision.” “He was healthy ... he is fine,” Johnson said Sunday. “He’s not in the doghouse. We just had to try something else, and we’ll see how long we can go with it.” New York Post

December 24, 2012 Updates

Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries may have to undergo an MRI after experiencing issues with his abdominal muscles, coach Avery Johnson said Monday. "He didn't feel great today," Johnson said. "(Trainer) Tim (Walsh) is gonna send him over to our doctors to get him checked out. He said he feels worse." ESPN.com

December 22, 2012 Updates

I asked Avery Johnson if he's concerned about losing his job. His long answer: "Let me give some real rocket science right now Bondy. Listen to this: at some point, after I signed on as a coach, when I signed on the dotted line, a couple of things are going to happen at some point: 1, I’m going to get fired, 2. I’m going to resign. 3. I’m going to get re-assigned. One of those three things happens to every head coach in this league. As soon as you sign your name on that dotted line. And a lot of times, one of those three we know what’s going to happen because we’re in control. Two of those three we have no control over. So what we do is we continue to do our jobs. I think the best thing about jobs is when we have adversity, we have setbacks, as a coach we continue to lead with passion. …At the end of the day for every coach, one of those three things are going to happen. So right now, what I’m really concerned about is us playing good basketball. So until ownership tells me otherwise I’m going to continue to do my job." Sulia

December 21, 2012 Updates
December 20, 2012 Updates

With the belief in the organization that the Nets have enough talent to be a top team in the East -- straight from the top, straight from Mikhail Prokhorov -- it's easy to see that this will land at Avery Johnson's feet if it doesn't get fixed. The coach always goes before the unhappy star in this sport, and that's especially true with the Nets, whose multi-billion-dollar business plan all hinged on acquiring him from the Jazz against his will and then persuading him to stay. CBSSports.com

December 18, 2012 Updates

Playing in Avery Johnson’s isolation-heavy system instead of Sloan’s pick-and-roll attack, the three-time All-Star is shooting a career-worst 38.8 percent this season. Asked if the Nets’ offensive system was better, Williams again didn’t hesitate with a negative answer. “No,’’ Williams said. “It’s just more 1-on-1 isos. I grew up ... in high school, my coach wasn’t one of those guys that just let us just throw out the balls and play. We were a system team. We had a staple of plays that we relied on for good execution. “In college [at Illinois], we ran a motion offense, a lot of cutting, a lot passing, a lot of screening and making the extra passes. I’m used to just movement. So I’m still trying to adjust. It’s been an adjustment for me. But it’s coming along.’’ New York Post

An Eastern Conference scout noted that Johnson never ran the U.C.L.A. sets when he coached in Dallas and that he seemed to be using them now for Williams’s benefit. Williams made his remarks on Monday after Johnson had already spoken to reporters, so the coach was not available to respond. New York Times

December 11, 2012 Updates

As for Johnson's job security, a person with knowledge of the thinking of Nets' management who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue told USA TODAY Sports there's still faith in Johnson at this early juncture and a feeling in the front office that some peaks and valleys are to be expected. As general manager Billy King has said before, though, the expectation is that the Nets not only make the playoffs but are in a position to make an impact once they get there. USA Today

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