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Johnson Front-Runner for Nets' Job, But Is He a Finalist for Hawks, Too?

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Avery Johnson is believed to be the leading candidate for the Nets' head coaching job and may have been even before Jeff Van Gundy declined interest and Tom Thibodeau agreed to a deal with the Bulls. So says the Daily News.  Meanwhile, ESPN and Sports Illustrated are reporting that Johnson may also be one of the finalists for the Hawks' head coaching job along with Dwane Casey, the Mavericks assistant.  

The Daily News' Mitch Lawrence describes Johnson as "the favorite from day one of Rod Thorn's coaching search," and quotes Byron Scott as saying, "So unless Rod wants to coach - and I know he doesn't want to do that - I think Avery is the front-runner, I can't think of anyone else they'd be looking at."

Marc Stein of ESPN says Johnson has "emerged as a finalist for the Atlanta Hawks' vacancy" while Frank Hughes of SI writes Casey is "still believed to be the front-runner for the job".  The Hawks' "general manager Rick Sund and owner Michael Gearon Jr. should make a final decision by mid-week," Hughes adds.  Former YES broadcaster Mark Jackson and Hawk assistant Larry Drew will also be interviewed over the next two days.

Johnson has met with Rod Thorn at least once, according to reports.

  • Byron Scott thinks Avery Johnson is perfect fit in New Jersey, even over Phil Jackson - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
  • Hornets expect to name Monty Williams head coach by Tuesday - Marc Stein - ESPN
  • Larry Drew, Mark Jackson to interview for Hawks head coaching job - Frank Hughes - ESPN