Brooklyn, like many struggling organizations, create simple answers to complex problems. This is the reason they fired head coach Avery Johnson this week.
They mistakenly think he is the cause of their failure to win. Will the Nets magically get better now that Johnson is gone? Absolutely not. If anything this type of instability in an organization only reaffirms is the fact that management and the organization have little vision and no loyalty. These are not the characteristics of winning organizations.
In case you’re scoring at home, Johnson was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month just 25 days ago. Nets players admitted their shock to the firing and even LeBron James weighed in saying he was surprised by the move.
"I just got a sense, as I told Avery this morning, that he just wasn't reaching them anymore," general manager Billy King said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, adding that ownership had final say in the decision.
The Nets are currently a very talented team for only being 14-14 on the season. They won 11 of their first 15 games and everyone in Brooklyn was singing Johnson’s success. Then they went 3-10 in December and he gets fired. This isn’t a coaching problem and the fact that the Brooklyn front office doesn’t realize that is pathetic.
Brooklyn is 19th in the league in rebounding, 22nd in the league in assists, and 23rd in the league in points per game. Their leaders also continue to struggle on an individual level.
Deron Williams continues to under perform. Williams was called the best point guard in the NBA, yet he continues to have a very mediocre year, only shooting 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. This lack of production for the Nets’ leader isn’t the coach’s fault. It is the players. His shooting percentage has continued to decrease each of the last four seasons.
The Nets are not an 11-4 team like they started the season. They’re probably not a .500 team either, but the fact that their management continues to flail in wild directions like firing Johnson only confirms the fate of another team trying to grow up too fast.
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