HoopsHype Avery Johnson rumors

December 27, 2012 Updates

Johnson badly wanted a contract extension with the Nets, and the organization was unwilling to deliver it until he had taken this upgraded and expensive roster into the playoffs. In the end, there was a sense that Johnson had lost too much of this locker room – that the Nets had lost their way – and ownership and King came to a decision together to fire him on Thursday morning. Yahoo! Sports

Within the organization, the Nets' recent free-fall had made them resemble a lottery team again, and King – with the support of ownership – ultimately wanted a change now, sources said. An able tactician, Johnson had built up too little organizational goodwill once the Nets started to spiral to 10 losses in 13 games this month. There's a reason all those former Spurs teammates who became GMs never considered hiring Johnson as coach. From Cleveland to Phoenix, they all passed on Johnson. His demand for control, his penchant for passing blame – in ways large and small – played a part in his demise. Yahoo! Sports

Stefan Bondy: This firing wasn't on Deron Williams, I'm told. Just two weeks ago he talked to Avery about changing the offense and Avery obliged. Twitter @NYDNInterNets

The Nets fired Avery Johnson as their head coach Thursday, feeling that the team had not performed at the level expected. The decision was made by the team's Russian ownership and relayed to Johnson Thursday. Johnson went from Coach of the Month for November to being fired in December. The news comes after the team, 11-4 three weeks ago, dropped to 14-14 Wednesday night with a loss in Milwaukee. NetsDaily

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

Andray Blatche: @BrooklynNets @bkdefend wow this is cray Twitter

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

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