Tag:Avery Johnson
Posted on: April 30, 2008 7:38 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2008 7:58 pm

Avery Sad Day in Dallas

Ok so I finally did it.  I dusted off that $6.99 bottle of Andre, cracked it over the bow of my blog, and have finally set sail.  I've been resisting actually putting a blog up here because I really didn't feel like anyone was going to read it.  Honestly I'm 99% sure that this badboy is going to go unseen anyway, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

There's an old saying that goes 'if it aint, broke, don't fix it'.  And then there's an old saying in sports that goes 'if it's broke, fire the head coach'.  Both sayings are at the forefront in Big D tonight because if the Mavericks would have just adhered to the first saying, there may have been no reason to be muttering the latter.

Avery Johnson got the axe today and it was undeservedly so.  Let's ignore the fact that no one can understand a damn word thats coming out of his mouth.  And we'll bypass the fact that he always looks like Gary Coleman did after he said "Whatchu talkin' bout, Willis?"  Avery Johnson was a fine NBA coach.  The problem here is he is coaching a team that is run by a poorly dressed baboon. 

Mark Cuban wouldn't know a sensible sports related move if it was written down in front of him on a piece of paper.  And because of it, Avery Johnson lost his job.  Cuban got caught up midseason in a little game of 'keepin' up with the Joneses' and it ultimately ruined any chance the Mavericks had of making noise in the playoffs.  He saw the Lakers grab Pau Gasol and Suns get Shaquille O'Neal .  So Cuban panicked and allowed the whole chemistry of his team to get ruined just to grab a big name star.

Now I'm all for bringing in Jason Kidd.  But not midseason.  Adding a point guard to run the show midseason is a dangerous proposition because he is not familiar with the team at all.  It's not like plugging a big man into the system and letting him play his part.  It's like going out and hiring a new director for your movie after half the movie has already been shot.  But maybe this was Avery Johnson's fault.  Maybe he was the one who got nervous when big names started going to the Western Playoff teams so he sold his sole for an equally big name.  Highly unlikely though.

Before the Mavericks let Kidd walk on to the court they were 35-18, 2 games behind the Hornets and tied with the Spurs.  After Kidd joined the team they went 16-13 and instead of challenging for the division title, had to fight for their lives to get into the playoffs.  They also depleted their bench after trading guys like DeSagana Diop and Trenton Hassell to the Nets.  Again maybe Avery Johnson could have made Kidd's transition smoother, thus avoiding a handful of losses.  Again doubtful.

I won't even mention the fact that the team lost reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki for a couple weeks to injury.  I think it was a feat for these Mavs in disarray to even still be in the playoff picture.  I think Johnson should have been giving a round of applause.  But then again, maybe Avery could've caught Dirk before he landed awkwardly, thus avoiding any injury.

If the Mavs only excuse for firing Johnson was the fact that they again had a poor first round showing in the playoffs, well then shame on Dalas execs.  The team was 4-10 against .500 or better teams after the Kidd trade.  What did you expect?

So as you ride off into the Texas sunste Avery johnson, know that this sports fan does not blame you for the downfall of the Dallas Mavericks.  After thinking about it, maybe you're better off leaving the crazies in the front office behind.  I hear the Knicks are still hiring.

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