Ok let me start off by saying that I really don’t agree with this but it is what it is. Avery Johnson was fired today as the Mavericks head Coach after their second straight first round playoff loss.
NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that both the Mavs and Johnson, feeling that a coaching change was inevitable, wanted to come to a resolution quickly so Dallas could begin interviewing other candidates and Johnson could pursue another job.
Johnson leaves with an impressive résumé after three-plus seasons, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban couldn’t tolerate a bottom line of being 3-12 in the playoffs since blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA Finals.
The Mavericks followed that disappointment by the embarrassment of being ousted by Golden State in the opening round last season in one of the biggest upsets in league history. They were just dumped in five games by Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. Dallas didn’t win a single road game against the Heat, Warriors or Hornets, an 0-9 skid that was too much to overcome.
They didn’t waste anytime on this one. They just lost last night.
Avery Johnson’s regular season record was a pretty impressive 194-70 but in the playoffs he was only 23-24 with a loss in the finals against the Heat in 2006.
I wouldn’t say that these losses were Johnson’s fault though. I guess they always put the blame on coach no matter what but in this case I think either Jason Kidd or Dirk Nowitzki had to go. Jason Kidd was torched by Chris Paul in their matchup against the Hornets and Dirk Nowitzki is as soft as a feather and gets torched in every playoff series.
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