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Fire Avery Johnson?


J.R.

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I don't follow the NBA, everything I know is from SportsCenter highlights. That being said, I think it is almost a 100% chance that he will be fired. The didn't just lose these games they got manhandled. Mark Cuban wants his title, this was their best shot, they blew it.

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I don't think it's Avery Johnson's fault. Dirk Nowitzki was nowhere to be found aside from the last few minutes of game five. Avery Johnson did set a bad tone when he changed the starting lineup for game one, but other than that... what could he really do? His superstar reverted back to how he played years ago, the other team was just insane with the shots they were hitting, and the atmosphere inside Oracle Arena was absolutely ridiculous and I wish I could've been there to experience it first hand.

Besides, lost in all of this talk of "biggest upset ever"... Golden State is a much better team than their number eight seed indicates.

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No. Hell no. He led the Mavs to the Finals last year and was two games away from a title, and this year he led the team to damn near 70 wins. Who the hell could you possibly bring in that is going to get that kind of productivity in their first two years? Are you gonna dig up Red and prop him up with a handtruck on the sidelines?

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No. Hell no. He led the Mavs to the Finals last year and was two games away from a title, and this year he led the team to damn near 70 wins. Who the hell could you possibly bring in that is going to get that kind of productivity in their first two years? Are you gonna dig up Red and prop him up with a handtruck on the sidelines?

It would certainly be a colossal mistake and absolute shame because he is, and always has been, one of my favorite personalities in the NBA.

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Let's remember 2 things here.

1-Don Nelson coaches the Warriors. I found this similar to Super Bowl XXXVII, when the coach's current team crushes the coach's former team, perhaps due to familiarity with players and playbooks. Plus remember, Johnson was Nelson's protege, so Nelson of course knew how Avery would coach.

2-The seed that the Warriors received does not reflect the current makeup of the team. A lot of the losses were before the Indiana trade.

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i'm no follower of the mavs but it would be a serious mistake to fire him. hes a good up and comming coach and maybe they can use this as a wake up call and motivate them next year. i think dallas got over confident with themselves and expected to be handed the series.

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If Nellie cut a promo on Avery Johnson, this line would surely be included: "Avery, I taught you everything you know. But, I didn't teach you everything I know. Woooooo!"

Anyway, in typical reactionary NBA fashion, I could absolutely see Johnson fired. It would be a colossal mistake in my view. How many coaches have the balls to go out in public and challenge their best player, a possible MVP candidate? If he doesn't do what he did to Dirk, I don't think there even is a Game 6.

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He should not be fired. This was just the perfect storm against his team. Imagine how different things would be if Phil Jackson was fired after losing in the playoffs before finally breaking through.

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Let's remember 2 things here.

1-Don Nelson coaches the Warriors. I found this similar to Super Bowl XXXVII, when the coach's current team crushes the coach's former team, perhaps due to familiarity with players and playbooks. Plus remember, Johnson was Nelson's protege, so Nelson of course knew how Avery would coach.

2-The seed that the Warriors received does not reflect the current makeup of the team. A lot of the losses were before the Indiana trade.

Agreed. Definitely.

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Hell no, you don't fire Avery Johnson. Cuban fired Nellie because they couldn't stand each other, not because he couldn't win the big one. Avery and Cuban get along. He's not going anywhere.

Look at how long Rick Adelman was allowed to languish in Sac Town. As long as dude keeps making the playoffs, he should be okay. Provided they don't flame out in the first round as the top seed again (do it once, it's an anomally; do it twice, it's your legacy). :P

Also, look for some big ol' changes to that roster too!

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i think dallas got over confident with themselves and expected to be handed the series.

Exactly. The Mav players probably figured that even though they got swept by the Warriors during the season, they'd still whomp them in the playoffs because the playoffs are a whole 'nother animal.

It most certainly was. The Mavs got beat beyond their wildest dreams when they did lose. :P

That being said, it would be a big ol mistake if the Mavs fired Johnson. 67 wins is 67 wins, and coming 2 games and questionable officiating within an NBA title is a pretty good tracksheet. So I'd keep him, and I figure that's what Cuban's going to do too.

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Fire him? For what? Because he was flat-out pwned by his mentor, the same guy who coached the Mavs while he was grooming AJ for the head coaching job in Dallas? It took a long time for Darth Vader to beat Obi-Wan, and that was only 'cause he let Vader win...

So why fire AJ? He had the misfortune of getting a Golden State team whose roster improved dramatically after a mid-season trade, gelled at the right time and was vastly underseeded based on the makeup of the team at the start of the playoffs?

Seriously, AJ can coach. He was dealt a bad hand through no fault of his own. He got outcoached by the man who built his system and had a team far better than a #8 seed. LMU nailed this one perfectly.

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heh, I just realized the Warriors even had a winning season a few days ago...damn I'm slow :D I'd been under a basketball rock since the Bucks' season finally ended, I'd assumed Baron and Co. were hitting the links. Little did I know they were hittin the Mavs...and hard at that.

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If the San Diego Chargers can show Marty Schottenheimer the door after going 14-2 in the regular season and then losing as a higher seed in the playoffs with home-field, why wouldn't the Mavericks fire Avery Johnson?

Yes, I know the analogy isn't fully apples-to-apples.

Time to break out a (slightly-modified) oldie-but-goodie.

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If the San Diego Chargers can show Marty Schottenheimer the door after going 14-2 in the regular season and then losing as a higher seed in the playoffs with home-field, why wouldn't the Mavericks fire Avery Johnson?

Because Mark Cuban is actually smart, and wouldn't let petty squabbling between GMs and coaches get in the way of team success?

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