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Avery Johnson on Coaching

In an interview mostly about his Christian faith, Avery Johnson speaks as well as about coaching and inspiring professional athletes...whether they like you or not.

"You want to be a man of integrity and you want the players to know that you care about them. Whether or not they still like you or not is a whole other deal," said Johnson. "Players will run through a wall for you if they think you care. I want them to feel that they are better prepared to win on and off the court because of their time with me. I just want to help people become winners. That’s what I’m about. I’m about winning.

Johnson didn't mention the Nets specifically, but said he is "really comfortable in a stressful, leadership position. I need this job. I need to do this. This fits my personality. This is the best thing for me, short of playing".