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Johnson didn't see firing coming


05:27 PM ET 12.27 | The Brooklyn Nets' decision to fire coach Avery Johnson came as a surprise to the man itself, even though the Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games. In a rare move, Nets general manager Billy King gave Johnson a platform to speak after relieving him of his duties. Johnson told reporters that he thought he would be given more time to turn things around. "Knowing full well that we weren't finished, I thought we had a little bit more time," Johnson said. "It's a difficult time. It's something I didn't necessarily see coming, especially after our good November."

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, Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
December 27, 2012  05:30 PM ET

Didnt I say his country as-s should be fired? several weeks ago!

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December 27, 2012  07:25 PM ET

You sucked as a head coach for the last 3 years. How is that not seeing it coming? When superstars don't like the way you coach than there is a very big problem. It's time to change your ways...

I wouldn't leave it up to superstar players to decide whether their coach should be employed. They can be a fickle bunch.

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December 28, 2012  01:36 AM ET

I think he fell off by being so lienent with D-Will. See D-Will makes mistakes and has a lot to learn but the last season and a half Avery had to kiss his toes to make sure D-Will would stay but by doing this Avery was never able to gain the ground in the locker room since they were making D-Will more important then the team I mean no one ment anything to the organization more the D-WIll not the coach GM or any other player including there beloved Brook Lopez who D-Will was publicly telling the media he wanted Dwight. That takes a toll in the locker room as the players dont know who to follow the coach or D-Will. He always has something negative to say about his team and teammates but rarely hear him complimenting them. Avery is not the best coach but honestly when it comes to D-Will it doesnt matter the coach hes just one of those guys that thinks he knows it all and couldnt learn from a coach. When you run Jerry Sloan out something is definaly wrong with the product. Maybe Avery will be the next Laker coach once D-antoni is fired

December 28, 2012  07:43 AM ET

It clearly is D-Williams' problem, he is just looking for a puppet coach, a coach like Erik Spoelstra

December 28, 2012  10:35 AM ET

You Don't Have Eyes In The Back Of Your Head, Bro?

December 28, 2012  11:44 AM ET

DENIAL! The killer of all things!

December 28, 2012  01:23 PM ET

This was doomed from the start if the front office isn't going to back the coach during the season.

Avery has to be the boss, if he isn't, the team will not win.

December 28, 2012  02:05 PM ET

Well, that's how he got fired in Dallas also. JKidd and Dirk didn't like the way he coached. He was too controlling. It's happening again. His records for the last 3 years speaks for itself.

You need good players to win and he had a ridiculously horrible team/roster his first 2 years with the Nets. This is the first time he has had a healthy team and talent on the roster. Pull the plug on him three months into this season (when he has won coach of the month 2 of those 3 months) is a bit premature. But good luck to the Nets.


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