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Deron: Johnson 'likes to micro-manage'

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08:06 AM ET 12.05 | The book on Avery Johnson has been out there for some time. Fair or not, the rap on [Johnson] in Dallas is he was a type-A control freak, the kind of coach who demanded without compassion, and who could prompt Dirk Nowitzki to describe the tenure as "a little dictatorship." "I've heard that," Deron Williams says, cracking a smile. "At times, he likes to micro-manage the game." Don't let the revamped Nets roster or re-branding fool you, or even the anomaly that became Tuesday night's fast-paced, entertaining 117-111 defeat. This is Johnson's team. This is his system. It's his vision of a defense that has developed into one of the league's best, Tuesday's effort notwithstanding.

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December 5, 2012  08:20 AM ET

he really looks like a ninja turtle

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December 5, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Good morning all.

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December 5, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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morning

Morning M3AT. How's it going?

December 5, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Can't See The Forest From The Tress, Bro?

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December 5, 2012  10:41 AM ET

He reminds me of Doug Collins....just good enough to make the team relevant but not good enough to put them over the top.

December 5, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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He reminds me of Doug Collins....just good enough to make the team relevant but not good enough to put them over the top.

I don't think you can say that about him cos he led Dallas to the finals when no one expected them to get that far. I do agree with your point though. Unless he wins the whole thing he'd always have that stigma. He's done a good job so far given the fact that the team just got assembled.

The East is loaded this year...

December 5, 2012  11:00 AM ET

Here we go... I was wondering how long it would take for the sports writers to start gaming players to make divisive remarks that end up causing dissension in the locker room. DERON,,, wasn't it you who is responsible for Jerry Sloan to quit? When are you going to shut your trap and just play ball! Now you woke up the dizzy New York fan base and between the both of you, y'all will run Avery out of Brooklyn. Now watch the Nets start losing regularly.

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December 5, 2012  12:36 PM ET
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Where has Avery Johnson ever been truly effective?

Dallas... Making it to the Championship is very impressive! And again as New York fans, y'all eat each other. That's why everybody that makes it out alive do well. Unfortunately with tongues and mouths that's full of poison like y'all many don't survive.

 
December 5, 2012  02:40 PM ET

Sometimes micro managing teams is the only way to be successful.

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