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Coach Gregg Popovich comes to the defense of Avery Johnson

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich comments on Avery Johnson's firing.

Doug Pensinger

Much of the past 24 hours has been spent pointing fingers, dissecting and prognosticating, after the Nets decided to part ways with head coach Avery Johnson. We've heard it all.

One interesting perspective, however, came by way of San Antonio where Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich weighed in on the firing and came to the defense of Johnson, who spent seven seasons playing for Popovich in San Antonio (and one season in Golden State).

Speaking to Mike Monroe, Pop didn't hold back.

I suppose you would expect to see Popovich come to his former player's defense, but then again, Pop isn't one to hold back or simply say "the right thing."

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