The Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Avery Johnson following a disappointing 14-14 season start. This was to be the first year in Brooklyn for the former New Jersey team, and Johnson’s third year as head coach — the final year in his contract.
Johnson was leading a 2012 team with more than $80 million in player payroll, and expectations were high.
Sports Illustrated reports Johnson’s firing comes on the heels of public criticism by point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets are owned by Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov. In a statement, about the termination, Prokhorov says, “The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement.”