I'm extremely disappointed reading these boards at the lack of class shown to Avery Johnson on his exit from the Brooklyn Nets franchise. I'm not going to defend Avery's coaching, or say that he shouldn't have been fired. I don't think it was, as he put it, a 'fair' decision, but it was understandable given the teams recent performances.
To get it out of the way, I think after signing up for two years of no support from management, Avery deserved management's fullest support for this season, and I don't think he received that. I also think this stretch in December was completely unacceptable, especially the past week, and the team did quit on him. Crash's commentary was obvious. D-Will's lack of effort was obvious. In fact, I think D-Will is much to blame as anyone, because, whether or not he liked Avery, it was clear he wasn't down with Avery's game, whether he wanted to be or not, and he quit. It was not Deron's fault in the malicious sense of the word, but as he put it, based on his play, he is responsible.
I recognize that the firing is quite justified in that regard, because you can't lose your key players in this league and be competitive. You don't get to be uncompetitive and patient in high profile jobs in the new world market. Bottom line, I've thought to myself that Avery should have been given a warning, and then I thought to myself, if you need a warning after a week of three 15 point losses to be told it's unacceptable, you don't deserve the job to begin with.
But Nets fans, it's time to show class and thank Avery Johnson, and move along. The man was fired, and for those talking about the money, STOP! It wasn't about the money. Avery loved this team. Avery gave his heart and best effort to this team, and our success. When you care, it hurts to fail, and with the firing an Avery's record, his tenure can only be considered a failure. I feel bad for Avery, and his nothing to do with feeding Avery Jr. or his bank account. I feel bad for Avery, because he cared plenty about the Nets success. He cared more than the players did, in my opinion, and while they quit on him, he never quit on them.
Avery has been a class act, and with the heart he showed for our team, he should be given the same respect he showed us as fans. You don't have to agree with his coaching. You can be excited for the possibility of Phil Jackson, or some other superior coach, taking the reigns of this team. You can agree that a change was needed. But, let's not kick the man while he's down. This isn't Bobby Knight losing his job. This is a great man, who cared a lot, and gave his heart and soul to this franchise and the players in the locker room. This is a man, that gave second chances to players like Andray Blatche and Gerald Green, and got them back into the league. This is a man, that held players accountable (the one's he could), for playing on both sides of the ball and working with in the flow of the game.
Avery failed to lead our Nets to the elite status. But, he was a member of our family who gave it his all, and he deserves better from us as fans. So please, Nets fans, let's drop the #FireAvery, and "I don't feel sorry for him" commentary. I don't care if you feel sorry for him or not, the classy thing to do is to acknowledge the man gave his effort, and is hurt to be gone. There is no need for an I told you so. He's been fired. Our team is going another way. Let's tip our cap to him, and move along. There is no class in piling on, and our fan base should show Avery the same class he showed us.
My apologies for the criticism, and thank you.