Smith: Avery Strikes Right Tone

July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson , point guard Deron Williams , guard Joe Johnson and general manager Billy King pose for photos at a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Veteran NBA writer Sekou Smith may or may not follow this site but he seems to have taken a side on whether Avery Johnson was right to say the Nets are not (yet) championship caliber. In a column Wednesday he commends Johnson.

Avery Johnson’s perspective on his team is sobering in this day and age of overnight contenders and super teams. There doesn’t seem to be a hint of overconfidence in his words, an uncommon-but-wise thing with such a risky, high-dollar play.

The Nets should be a contender in the East on the basis of that All-Star backcourt alone, Smith notes and "Having a solid first five should put them in the picture with the Celtics and Pacers just behind the Heat in the pecking order." But he notes, it's all about what do on the court.

  • Nets Good On Paper And In The Flesh? - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
  • Johnson: 'We're not a championship team' - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
  • Coach Avery Johnson says the Nets are ‘not a championship team’ - Dan Devine - Ball Don't Lie
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