(SportsData) – The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson Thursday, less than one month after he was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November. Nets assistant coach P.J. Carlisemo was named the interim head coach in his place.
“I just got a sense, as I told Avery this morning, that he just wasn’t reaching them anymore,” general manager Billy King said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Nets principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov reportedly had the final say in the decision to let Johnson go.
The Nets started the season 11-4, but have gone just 3-10 in December to fall to .500 at 14-14 – good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
“This is part of our business,” Johnson said at a news conference. “Fair or unfair, it doesn’t matter. But again, it’s time for a new voice, and hopefully they’ll get back on track.”
The search for a permanent replacement began immediately, with Phil Jackson rumored to be at the top of the ownership’s wish list.
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