Just 28 games into the season, the Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Avery Johnson. Losing 10 of their last 13 games, ownership doesn’t think the team is performing at the expected level. Johnson, who won Coach of the Month for November, leaves the Nets with a .500 record (14-14).
According to Nets Daily:
The Nets fired Avery Johnson as their head coach Thursday, feeling that the team had not performed at the level expected. The decision was made by the team’s Russian ownership and relayed to Johnson Thursday. Johnson went from Coach of the Month for November to being fired in December. The news comes after the team, 11-4 three weeks ago, dropped to 14-14 Wednesday night with a loss in Milwaukee.
P.J. Carlesimo, who has been head coach for the Blazers, Warriorsand Seattle Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder will be step in until a new head coach is hired. That process could take days or weeks, according to a league source.
The decision has been in the works for the past month, said one source, that the Russian ownership had been unhappy with team play since the season’s earliest games.
As for Johnson’s replacement, the team is looking at several candidates, according to one of the sources who would not name any of them.