Avery Johnson opened Tuesday's press conference by promising, as did his boss, to win the NBA championship. "I'm going to work morning, noon and night to get the Big Trophy," said Johnson.
"The sky's the limit," said Johnson in front of dozens of reporters and cameramen at the PNY Center. "We can go from worst to first."
Among the other highlights of the the press conference:
--"Brook Lopez is a really terrifically talented center who I am looking forward to working with...I see a lot of potential in Brook. He should be a perennial All-Star and we are trying to help him get there."
--"We're going to get Devin Harris back to playing the type of basketball we know he's capable of playing..."Devin is a little older, he knows my system, and I can give him the reigns now."
--"We're in a great situation here with the Nets. We've got plenty of draft picks, quite a bit of money to spend. We have an owner who is all in, and he wants to win and he wants to win now...just a great basketball mind in Rod Thorn that's heading up this whole deal and I'm just happy to be part of the team."
--"I'm all about dreaming. I have a big dream in my mind right now in terms of where this franchise can go and where we can take it. I see all of the possibilities, but that's going to require a lot of discipline and details and determination."
--"You look at what we already have with Devin and Brook Lopez and Courtney Lee and some of the other guys we already have on our team, Yi (Jianlian), if we add the right free agents, three really good draft prospects to our existing roster...we feel that team can have an opportunity to be really good."
At one member of last year's 12-70 team was impressed with the day's events. "It's good to see the culture change around here," said Lopez.
- NETS: Avery Johnson Press Conference Complete (Video) - New Jersey Nets
- NETS: Avery Johnson Press Conference Highlights (Video) - New Jersey Nets
- NETS: Avery Johnson Interview (Video) - Jaclyn Sabol - New Jersey Nets
- NETS: Devin Harris Interview (Video) - Jaclyn Sabol - New Jersey Nets
- Yankee Stadium Spotlight: Johnson on his Nets (Video) - YES Network
Avery Johnson Interview (Audio) - Michael Kay - ESPN Radio
- NetsBasketball on Twitter - Ben Couch - Twitter
- Nets coach Avery Johnson Spells It Out For You - Dave D'Alessandro - Nets Blast
- Harris on hand to welcome Johnson to Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Avery Johnson says Nets 'can go from worst to first' - Julian Garcia - New York Daily News
- Avery Brings Optmism, Direction to Nets - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
Al Iannazzone Interview (Video) - Bob Lorenz - YES Network
- Avery Johnson says sky is the limit for lowly Nets - Tom Canavan - AP
- Johnson stepping into a whole different world in Jersey - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
Avery Johnson optimistic in introductory conference - John Krolik - NBC Sports
- Avery Johnson Brings Hope To New Jersey - Daniel Marks - DIME
- Johnson dreams high as he takes over - Adam Zagoria - SNY
Accountability returns to Nets coaching - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
NETS: Johnson Debuts, Offers 'Discipline, Details and Determination' - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets