Avery Johnson
American basketball player and coach
Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Brooklyn Nets. He has also coached the Dallas Mavericks, leading them to their first NBA Finals appearance and four consecutive 50 win seasons.
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Nets Fire Coach Lionel Hollins, Reassign GM Billy King
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey. The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired. The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers. King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach. "It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture a ...
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Alabama signs state's Mr. Basketball Dazon Ingram
USA Today - almost 2 years
Alabama coach Avery Johnson lands first signee, state's Mr. Basketball Dazon Ingram           
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Report: Avery Johnson to become Alabama coach
Fox News - almost 2 years
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of Alabama has reportedly agreed in principle to hire Avery Johnson as its next head men's basketball coach.ESPN reported the agreement Sunday for Johnson, who has never coached college basketball, but has plenty of NBA experience
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Reports: 'Bama AD meeting with Avery Johnson
USA Today - almost 2 years
Tide going after former NBA player, coach.           
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Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell Remember Their Terrible 'SNL' Auditions
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart play unwitting friends in the new comedy "Get Hard," but in real life they've gotten along for a while. Ferrell and Hart spoke to HuffPost Entertainment at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas last weekend about how they met, Ferrell's bizarre initiation tactics for new collaborators and bad "Saturday Night Live" auditions. An edited transcript of the conversation is below. "Get Hard is out on March 27. What is your meet-cute story? Ferrell: We were opposing each other in the NBA Entertainment League basketball game. There used to be this NBA Entertainment League that took place at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. If you played for the Lakers, you would be in a full, regulation uniform. Hart: That was the only reason to play in this game. You got the best shit ever. Ferrell: I was like, I want to play in that. Thinking it's truly going to be a mix of actors who know how to play. It's not going ...
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Wednesday’s shootaround: Iguodala ‘makes the team whole’
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Since ESPN is broadcasting the Warriors’ next two games, analyst Avery Johnson did a little extra study on the 25-14 squad this week, and he shared his thoughts with us in a phone interview. Here are some of the highlights: Johnson on the “full squad” Warriors: “While everybody focuses on Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee – rightfully so – I think Andre Iguodala is the key to their puzzle. The way he can pass, dribble and shoot, the way he defends and with his experience, I think he makes the team whole.” Johnson on the Warriors’ weakness: “They haven’t been able to fill Jarrett Jack’s shoes, and because [...]
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Avery Johnson re-joining ESPN's NBA coverage team
USA Today - over 3 years
Johnson was fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December
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Tim Koechlin: The NBA All Same-Last-Name-as-a-U.S.-President Team
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
On long drives, I sometimes amuse myself by creating off-beat all-star teams. Here is an example: the best NBA players (and coaches) who have the same last name as a U.S. President. My mother once said (in jest, I think): "If you'd put that mind to good use, you could do great things." This all-star team is the sort of thing that might have provoked that comment. If only American had been ready for a Barbara Jordan presidency in 1976! The All Same-Last-Name-as-a-U.S.-President Team (NBA) Coaches: Phil Jackson, Avery Johnson, Chris Ford Teams 1-5 Magic Johnson Earl Monroe Elvin Hayes Paul Pierce Gus Johnson Kevin Johnson Dennis Johnson Al Jefferson Vince Carter Marques Johnson Norm Nixon Joe Johnson Alvin Adams Larry Johnson Eddie Johnson Mark Jackson Ricky Pierce Steve Johnson Horace Grant Richard Jefferson Phil Ford Eddie Johnson Kermit Washington Mickey Johnson Jimmy Jackson Hoping for a 10 day contract: Brian Taylor ...
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REPORT: Nets-Celtics Blockbuster Trade Nearing Completion
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BOSTON (AP) — The names that Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge didn't mention said all anyone needed to know about how he views the team's future. After trading up three spots to get Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk in the NBA draft on Thursday night, Ainge described him as a complementary player who will fit in well with Rajon Rondo, Avery Johnson and Jeff Green. No mention of the team's biggest stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. "Can't talk about it," Ainge said when the omission was pointed out to him. But asked if there were any untradeable players on the roster, he said, "If Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were traded, I guess everybody's tradable." According to a person with knowledge of the talks, the Celtics and Nets were nearing completion of a deal that would send Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn in exchange for a package that included three first-round draft picks. The person confirmed t ...
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PHOTOS: Here's Proof That Texas Does Everything Big
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
We might not be totally into Game 7 of the NBA finals, but we do have basketball on the brain after learning San Antonio Spurs legend Avery Johnson is selling his mansion. Located in Spring, Texas, Johnson's stunning abode is a shocking 14,396 square feet. And of course, with a place that big, it comes with all the over-the-top amenities one could want. We're talking marble floors, chandeliers and an outdoor space that looks like it could be a tropical island. According to Realtor.com, the asking price is $8,995,000, and looking through the photos, it's a small price to pay for what appears to be your own kingdom. Click through our slideshow to see this stunning place and head over to Realtor.com for more information. Have something to say? Check out HuffPost Home on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram. ** Do you have a home story idea or tip? Email us at homesubmissions@huffingtonpost.com. (PR pitches sent to this address will be ignored.) ...
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Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- After spending $350 million to upgrade their roster last summer, the Brooklyn Nets will start this offseason by looking for a coach. The Nets announced Sunday that P.J. Carlesimo wouldn't return, hours after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Carlesimo helped the Nets finish 49-33 after replacing the fired Avery Johnson in December, earning the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they spotted the Chicago Bulls a 17-point halftime lead and lost 99-93 at home Saturday night in Game 7. "The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come," general manager Billy King said in a statement. King received a recent contract extension, but the Nets quickly decided they wanted someone new on the bench, even afte ...
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Signs of revival, but Lakers need fixing
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Signs of revival, but Lakers need fixing Little more than a league-wide joke through the season's first half, the Lakers showed legitimate signs of revival Friday against Utah, with their top five players (including Pau Gasol, coming off the bench) each scoring 14-17 points in victory. Kobe and D'Antoni each signed off on this concept last week, but it means endless nights for a 17-year veteran trying to cover the opposition's best scorer. After plenty of invigorating talk about Rose's rehabilitation, the Bulls have fallen silent on the timing of his return. -- After watching the Bulls' stifling defense and relentless hard work against the Warriors on Friday, one would have to conclude: significant playoff threat if Rose comes all the way back. [...] he's a go-to guy, with recent game-winning shots against the Celtics and Pistons. With the Lakers, Pat Riley turned loose a bunch of wild stallions on blinding-fast forays down the floor. Players are quick to tu ...
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Carlesimo Always Has One Eye on the Clock
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
Since he replaced Avery Johnson as coach Dec. 27, the five Nets on the floor have played a total of 2,690 minutes, and Carlesimo monitors fluctuations in each number as carefully as a day trader.
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Nets beat Raptors for seventh straight win
Fox News - about 4 years
When the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson on Dec
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Avery Johnson
  • 2015
    Age 49
    On April 5, 2015, ESPN reported that Johnson had verbally agreed to become the new head basketball coach at the University of Alabama, replacing Anthony Grant.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, the university officially announced Johnson's hiring. Johnson and his wife Cassandra have two children, Avery Jr. and Christianne.
  • 2013
    Age 47
    In 2013, Johnson rejoined ESPN to appear as an analyst on SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, and NBA Tonight.
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  • 2012
    Age 46
    Despite that early success, the team went on to lose ten of its next 13 games, and subsequently Johnson was fired from his head coaching position on December 27, 2012.
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    He was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November 2012 following an 11–4 start to the season.
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    Johnson remained with the Nets when the team moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    On June 10, 2010, Johnson was hired as head coach of the New Jersey Nets, which had just finished a dismal 2009–10 campaign with a 12–70 record.
    More Details Hide Details In his first year as coach of the Nets, the team improved slightly, doubling its win total from the previous season and finishing 24–58. However, the next year saw no such improvement, as his team went 22–44 in the lockout-shortened season.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    On October 17, 2008, Johnson joined ESPN as a studio analyst.
    More Details Hide Details He remained in that role for two seasons, until he received an offer to become head coach of the New Jersey Nets.
    A day later, on April 30, 2008, Johnson was dismissed as head coach of the Mavericks.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    Following the 2007–2008 season, the Mavericks under Johnson were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
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    With the Mavs' win over the Grizzlies on November 18, 2007, Johnson became the fastest coach to reach 150 wins.
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  • 2006
    Age 40
    In the 2006–07 season, Johnson's Mavericks had the best record in the NBA with 67 wins and entered the playoffs as the top seed.
    More Details Hide Details However, his Mavericks lost to the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors, led by former Mavericks head coach Don Nelson, in one of the biggest upsets in recent NBA history.
    On December 31, 2006, Johnson became the fastest head coach (at the time) to win 100 games when his squad defeated the Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details This record was later broken by Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls.
    In April 2006, Johnson was rewarded for his success throughout the season with the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year Award. In June 2006, after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns in the first three rounds of the playoffs, Johnson led the Mavericks to their first ever NBA Finals appearance.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Mavs were defeated in six games by the Miami Heat, losing four straight after winning the first two games.
    Although Johnson ultimately led the Mavericks to the second-best record in the Western Conference, the team entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the West due to the structure of the 2006 NBA Playoffs seeding.
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    In February 2006, he was chosen to coach the 2006 NBA All-Star team for the Western Conference.
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    On January 28, 2006, when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, Johnson's record as head coach improved to 50–12, making Johnson the fastest coach to reach 50 wins.
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  • 2005
    Age 39
    In November 2005, Johnson won his second NBA Coach of the Month award (which was also his second consecutive award, following the one he had won in April the previous season), making him the first NBA coach to win the award in his first two months as a head coach.
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    The 2005–06 season was even more successful for Johnson and was marked by a series of milestones.
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    Johnson was named the April 2005 NBA Coach of the Month, only one month after becoming a head coach for the first time.
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    His transition from assistant to head coach came five months later on March 19, 2005, after Nelson resigned.
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  • 2004
    Age 38
    Under Johnson, the Mavericks closed out the 2004–2005 season with a 16–2 run and a first-round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets, before being eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs.
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  • 2001
    Age 35
    Johnson had played under Nelson from 2001–2003, and it was understood from the beginning that he was being groomed to eventually succeed Nelson as head coach.
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    Known as "The Little General" for his on-court leadership and diminutive stature, Johnson helped guide the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA Championship in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details On October 28, 2004, Johnson retired from playing and signed as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks under Don Nelson.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    Johnson is best known for his time with the Spurs from 1994 to 2001, and particularly his integral role on the 1998–99 Spurs team that won the NBA championship against the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Most notably, Johnson made the go-ahead, championship-clinching shot in Game 5 on a jumper with 47 seconds remaining in the game. The Spurs retired Johnson's number 6 on December 22, 2007. He was also inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame on February 20, 2009. After seven seasons in San Antonio, Johnson played the final three seasons of his career with the Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, and Warriors. In 16 NBA seasons, he averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 25.3 minutes played in 1,054 career games with seven different teams.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    Upon graduation in 1988, Johnson was not selected in the NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson spent a summer season with the USBL's Palm Beach Stingrays. Johnson then spent short periods of time with the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors as a journeyman player for the first several years of his NBA career before landing with the Spurs for a longterm stint.
    Johnson matriculated at New Mexico Junior College before moving on to Cameron University, and finally Southern University, at which in his senior season in 1988 he led NCAA Division I with 13.3 assists per game, an all-time record.
    More Details Hide Details In that season, he also averaged 11.4 points per game, making him the first men's Division I player ever to average double figures in points and assists in the same season—a feat that was not duplicated until Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn did so in 2013–14.
  • 1983
    Age 17
    As a high school senior in 1983, Johnson led New Orleans' St. Augustine High School to a 35–0 record and the Class 4A Louisiana State Championship.
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  • 1965
    Born on March 25, 1965.
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