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This post is inspired by a heated argument I'm currently having with a NetsDaily poster about the Nets coaching staff, specifically the departing Jon Loyer.

This poster (RandyOreens, who I insulted but I really don't hold a grudge against. I just get heated in debate.) says that Jon Loyer was brought in to preach defense under Lawrence Frank and Avery Johnson, yet has failed to improve the defense. My argument is that the Nets have no defensive leaders, and without players who are willing to buy in, the ability of a coach doesn't mean too much.

So my question to you NetsDaily members is this: what do you think of our coaching staff? Avery Johnson, Sam Mitchell, Popeye Jones, Jon Loyer, I want to know what you think of these guys individually.

I'll tell you what I think:

I think Avery Johnson is a great cheerleader, but a poor teacher and strategist. I think Sam Mitchell is along the same lines. I don't know what to make of Popeye Jones or Jon Loyer. It's important for me to say that its hard to judge a coaches performances when the players are not very talented. My opinions on Avery and Mitchell are inspired by their performances in Dallas (a few great seasons with Dirk but a collapse against Nelson and the Warriors) and Mitchell (one coach of the year with Toronto and then a few more mediocre seasons).

So, let's hear it. What do you think of the Nets coaches? And don't let me put words in your mouth, Randy, I'd like others to see your opinions from your own hand. I don't think anyone is right or wrong, but I do think it will be interesting to see how divided we are as a community about our own coaches.

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