The Brooklyn Nets have announced that they have fired head coach Avery Johnson. The news was originally reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski and then by the Nets PR department. After winning coach of the month in November, Avery has led the Nets to a 3-10 record in their last 13 games and the team now sits at .500 with a 14-14 record.
P.J. Carlesimo will take over as the interim head coach in Brooklyn until a new coach is hired. Carlesimo has previously been the head coach for the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise. A new coach will hopefully be hired in the next week or two.
This move was apparently decided by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov who had not been happy with the team’s play of late. He considers the Nets to be a top 10 team talent-wise in the NBA and a .500 record is not good enough.
This should serve as a wake up call to the players to play better, because the start of this season was definitely not all Avery’s fault. Brooklyn will host the Charlotte Bobcats tomorrow night at Barclays Center.