Nets Owner, Mikail Prokorov announced last week that interm coach, Kiki Vandeweghe will not be back with the team next season. Prokohov stressed that he wants a coach with NBA experience, preferably one with past success in the league. Does current ESPN analyst Avery Johnson fit that billing?

He certainly does. Johnson has had a successful career as a player and as a head coach in the NBA.

Johnson won an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. Johnson, known for his fierce defense and intense leadership, was a catalyst for that Spurs team. That same passion carried over when Johnson began coaching the Dallas Mavericks in 2004. Johnson served as an assistant under Don Nelson. Johnson assumed head coaching duties in March 2005 where he led the Mavericks to a 16-2 record to close the regular season. The Mavericks also disposed of the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs that season.

The 2005-2006 season for Johnson was where he made his mark. He was named ‘NBA Coach of the Month’ in November, the shortest amount of time a first-year head coach has ever won the award. Johnson’s Mavericks team went 66-16 in his first season. The Mavericks ended up losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, but it was quite a season for Johnson. Johnson also coached the All-Star team that year and was named ‘NBA Coach of the Year’.

During the next season, Johnson led the Mavericks to 67 wins but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The 2007-2008 Mavericks were also eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, giving Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban an opportunity to dismiss Johnson.

Even with his playoff short-comings, Johnson has been a very successful coach. He carries a 194-70 all-time record as a coach and has coached and played in the NBA Finals. He brings a winning tradition to a lackluster Nets franchise.

Johnson fills the void that Prokorov wants in a coach. NBA experience, a winning attitude, and an adaptive personality.

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