Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson has been fired, according to Hip-Hop Wired. This news comes shortly after Johnson won the Eastern Conference Coach Of The Month in November.
Johnson was relieved of his duties–after falling to 14-14 on the season–two days after the Nets’ embarrassing Christmas day game against the Boston Celtics at home, and losing to the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
The Nets started off at an impressive 11-4 this season, a record that earned Avery Johnson Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors. Since then, the Nets only won three of their last 13 games in December, which sent them in the opposite direction.
“The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future,” principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov said.
After Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Celtics, Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted that “Nets fans deserved better.”
Avery’s son, Avery Jr., tweeted his displeasure about his father’s firing saying, “The expectations were way to high for this team. We didn’t even have a losing record…. Didn’t even give my dad a full season,” he added. “I’m sorry are best players couldn’t make open shots. Yeah that’s my dads fault totally…”