Frank Johnson Rumors
During a session with the media on Thursday at the team’s practice facility, Jabari Parker mentioned that Bucks assistant Frank Johnson had been let go, making him the third coach — along with Eric Hughes and Tim Grgurich — released in the wake of head coach Jason Kidd’s firing Monday.
“It was kind of really hard for me to accept,” Parker said, noting that he saw Johnson every day and looked forward to their time together. “Not having him by my side is really going to be hard for me.”
D’Antoni often claims to coach defense despite his reputation as an offense-only coach. So it wasn’t surprising to hear him defend his teachings after one of his former players, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire, criticized him. “It’s mind-boggling. I mean, come on,” D’Antoni said. “He threw Frank Johnson, myself, Alvin Gentry and actually Mike Woodson… was he saving the good stuff? Because he coached him eight months and he was the defensive coach. It doesn’t make any sense.”