That didn’t last long this season. Well, not as short as Mike Brown’s tenure this season but pretty short, nonetheless.
Avery Johnson lasted 28 games this season, going 14-14 with these Nets. Deron Williams openly complained about the offense, saying he preferred Jerry Sloan’s “flex” offense in Utah. Johnson actually played a lot of isolations this season, which led to a lot of “heroball” at the end of games. While a lot of pundits didn’t expect the Nets to become championship-caliber immediately, the 14-14 record is still disappointing.
The Nets had a rich offseason. When they failed to get Dwight Howard in a trade, they maxed out Brook Lopez. The Nets also somehow took Joe Johnson off the Hawks; Johnson had an infamously rich contract that would pay him about $90 million in the next four years (including this year). They also re-upped Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries and then acquired Reggie Evans, C.J. Watson, Mirza Teletovic (from Europe), and Jerry Stackhouse. They would also acquire Andray Blatche off waivers after he got the amnesty clause from the Washington Wizards.
Johnson went 60-116 (.341) with the Nets in his 2 1/2 seasons there. He took over a Nets team that went 12-70 in the 2009-10 season. The Nets traded for Deron Williams halfway through the 2010-11 season but, so far, the Nets have disappointed. Avery also took the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2005-06 but lost four straight games against Miami. Johnson also coached the 67-15 Mavericks team that famously got ousted in the first round by the “We Believe” Golden State Warriors. He would be let go after the 2007-08 season when they went a disappointing 51-31 and had another first-round exit. His coaching record overall is 254-186 (.577).
Assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo is expected to take over on an interim basis.