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Johnson Wants Harris Back to Where He Was -- Playing Like Rondo

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Avery Johnson made light (we think) of his point guard's suggestion that he can be a "bit of a dictator" if things don't go well.  Sticking around New Jersey for draft workouts, Johnson responded to Devin Harris' comment.

"More than anything Devin is a better point guard so I won’t have to dictate as much," Johnson said.

"It’s a luxury when you can sit down a lot of the game and allow the point guard to play because he knows the system, he knows how to handle pressure situations. A lot of games I was sweating."

Johnson also reiterated that Harris needs some re-education.  "He was doing a lot of what Rondo is doing now -  Quick hands, quick feet, charges. We have to get him back to that."

Ironically, the first workout on Johnson's first full day as coach featured two point guards, named Johnson -- Armon and Anthony.  Armon Johnson is indeed in the "discussion" for the picks at #27 and #31, Tom Barrise noted.  Epke Udoh and Greg Monroe, two lottery bound PF's. were also...in case the Nets trade down. The Nets like both, but Udoh apparently more.

  • Working on Devin; Working Out Prospects - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
  • Monroe earns passing grade from Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Two Bigs, Top-Eight Potential - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
  • Johnson takes wise approach - Al Iannazzone - The Record