Avery Johnson was fired by the Dallas Mavericks today on the heels of the Mavs’ loss last night to the New Orleans Hornets. It is the second year in a row that they could not move past the first round of the playoffs.
The Mavericks had a 3-12 record in the playoffs since the 2006 NBA finals. Who could forget the Golden State Warriors sending the Mavs on their way in the first round last year, which has gone down as one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. This time around, they were sent packing in five games by the New Orleans Hornets. Johnson’s record with the Mavericks was 194-70 in the regular season and 23-24 in the playoffs.
Avery Johnson, who is widely known for his playing days with the San Antonio Spurs, came on board with the Dallas Mavericks in 2004, when he became a part of the coaching staff under Don Nelson. Nelson left in March 2005 and Johnson took over. The Mavs went 16-2 for the rest of that season. The following year, they went to the NBA finals and Johnson was named Coach of the Year. They won 67 games the next year, but was ousted by the Warriors in the first round of playoffs.
He may not be out of a job for long, the Bulls and the Knicks are looking for head coaches, and Avery looks like he might fit the bill for either of those teams.
See photos of Avery Johnson below.