The Nets are getting ready for the next big milestones in their big off-season--a possible Sunday meeting between the new coach and the new owner at the NBA Finals, then a press conference Tuesday to introduce Avery Johnson to the media.
That next rollout is likely to be as big a deal at the Mikhail Prokhorov event on May 19 and possibly just as dramatic. Johnson has already exhibited a take-charge attitude: announcing the hire himself on ESPN; taking phone calls from beat writers--in which he said he'd be hiring all new assistants; and, no surprise, expressing great confidence in his former protege', Devin Harris.
In the midst of all that, Johnson said all the right things: "I’m really excited about this. I think it’s a great fit for everybody. I can’t wait to get started." As for the idea that he wasn't Thorn's first choice (which some dispute), Johnson was philosphical: "I feel great about that, because at the end of the day everything happens for a reason."
But he reserved his most enthusiasm for his impending reunion with his Maverick point guard. "I had a young Devin Harris, who I felt that if we kept him would develop into an All-Star. That happened, but not in Dallas as I would have hoped. Yeah, Devin’s a different guy now. He knows my system. He is now capable of quarterbacking the team."
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- Five things you didn't know about Avery Johnson - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
Thorn is reason Avery took Nets job - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets reach contract agreement with Johnson - Marc J. Spears - Yahoo! Sports
- Avery: 'Sky's the limit' for Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Mikhail Prokhorov and Avery Johnson to meet Sunday and discuss future of Nets - Julian Garcia - New York Daily News
Avery Johnson to become Nets head coach - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets Close to Coaching Deal With Avery Johnson - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
Avery Johnson says he's accepted offer to coach New Jersey Nets, Devin Harris approves - Julian Garcia - New York Daily News
- Avery Johnson agrees to be Nets new coach - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday
Avery Johnson has verbally agreed to coach the Nets (Video) - Gary Apple - SNY
- Nets fans better hope Avery Johnson learned from his mistakes in Dallas - Eddie Sefko - Dallas Morning News
- Awkward Avery/Harris reunion on horizon? - Tim MacMahon - ESPN Dallas
Smith's Blog - The Little General Is Back - Craig Smith - FOX Sports Southwest
- Breaking News: Avery Johnson to coach the Nets - Austin Burton - DIME
Nets Hire Avery Johnson - Sam Amick - FanHouse