Would the Nets' Russian ownership "eat" a coach's salary unless things hit rock bottom? Unlikely say league sources. They also note that Mikhail Prokhorov is not one prone to rash decisions ... not his style. (Kiki Vandeweghe might disagree).
With that and other things in mind, like a coach of the month trophy barely gathering dust, Avery Johnson told beat writers Friday that he isn't concerned about job security.
"Let me give some real rocket science right now," Johnson told writers. "Listen to this: at some point, after I signed on as a coach, when I signed on the dotted line, a couple of things are going to happen at some point: 1. I’m going to get fired, 2. I’m going to resign. 3. I’m going to get re-signed.
"One of those three things happens to every head coach in this league."
As for criticisms of the team's offense, particularly in the second half and late game situations, Johnson said he's not likely to make wholesale changes. He did admit that he is responsible for the Nets falling down at the end of quarters.
"The one thing we have to do a better job on is closing quarters. And that’s on me," Johnson said. "I have to make sure we have to stay organized in closing quarters because we’re poor at closing quarters. That’s something I’m telling you right now I have to do a better job in that area. But in terms of being responsible, we have to make our shots in the paint."
Billy King addressed the players before practice, which was the first at PNY Center since Hurricane Sandy.
- Avery Johnson talks job security - Stefan Bondy - NY Daily News
- Avery Johnson concerned about Nets playing well, not his job security - Stefan Bondy - NY Daily News
- Avery not worried about his job status - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets coach Avery Johnson not rattled by skid - Rod Boone - Newsday
Johnson concern not job, but getting Nets on track - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Joe Johnson Says Nets Not Following Plays - Coach Cites Trust - Jake Appleman - New York Times
- Avery prepared for the inevitable - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Road To Brooklyn: Avery Johnson (Video) - Life+Times