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Rosen: Avery Middle of Coaching Pack, But Gets Team to Play Hard

Midway between Gregg Popovich (the best) and Mike D'Antoni (the worst and the most overrated), Charley Rosen places Avery Johnson on his list of NBA coaches. 

Of Johnson, Rosen writes, "Has also toned down his act, but still managed to get his lackluster team to play all-out all of the time. But can he do the job under real pressure? Grade: C plus."

Rosen, who is one of Phil Jackson's best friends, trashes his successor, Mike Brown, writing, "No way he can handle Kobe. Grade: C minus.