Brooklyn Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

Brooklyn Nets players were caught off guard when their coach, Avery Johnson, was fired today. The move came one day after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Nets 108-93. The loss dropped the Nets (14-14) to .500 for the season. Rapper Jay Z is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. The success or failure of the team rests on Jay Z’s shoulders.

The Brooklyn Nets announced on its official Twitter site that they fired Avery Johnson on Thursday afternoon. Johnson was named the team’s head coach on June 15, 2010. He had a 60-116 record with the Nets in his two-plus years with the team.

Johnson was the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month in October and November after a 11-4 start. But the team has gone 3-10 since then and are in third place in the Atlantic Division, six games behind the Knicks, with a 14-14 record.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson led the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs three times, including a Western Conference title in 2005-06, the same year he was named NBA Coach of the Year. Source

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