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Yesterday, the Nets fired head coach, Avery Johnson. Johnson, who was November’s Coach of the Month, watched his team post a 3-10 record in December. Many believe Johnson no longer inspired his team. Others are pointing the finger at Deron Williams who has a history of pushing out head coaches. In either scenario, the Nets will turn to assistant coach, PJ Carlisemo. Carliesemo’s career coaching record, 204-296, may not inspire the struggling Nets. Could Phil Jackson solve Brooklyn’s woes?

Reports suggest the Nets and their lavish owner will reach out Jackson. Despite ‘retiring’ after the 2010 season, Jackson seems to have the itch to coach again. Earlier this season, Jackson was shunned by the Lakers. Details were not disclosed, but many believe Jackson wanted a sweet heart coaching package (i.e. not travelling for some road trips). Despite some petty demands, Jackson brings along his championship rings and success with the Triangle Offense. Jackson’s Triangle Offenses captured 11 of the last 20 NBA Titles.

Phil Jackson brings a lot of success and flare, but he’s not a great fit for Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s roster is comprised of younger players that lack an identify. Jackson is used to having one or two dominant, go-to players at his disposal and Brooklyn lacks a true leader. In addition, Brooklyn does not have the personnel to run the Triangle Offense. The Triangle Offense is predicated by ball movement, player moment, and crisp outside shooting. Williams and Joe Johnson are above average shooters and facilitators, but Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries are not ideal fits. In fact, the Triangle Offense needs a hybrid power forward that can pass well and shoot from the outside. Andray Blatche fits that billing, but Humphries isn’t making $10 million to sit on the bench. The Triangle Offense takes time to install and perfect, so the impantient Nets may not want to wait.

Phil Jackson is 67-years-old and should stay retired if he can’t fully committ himself. If he did come back, Jackson needs a ready-made contender and Brooklyn needs a lot of work. Brooklyn has some talented players, but the pieces simply don’t fit together. Williams and Johnson need a lot of touches and the Triangle Offense takes the ball out of the point guard’s hands. Despite his past success and history of coaching in New York, this is one situation Phil Jackson should avoid.

Announced last week, Avery Johnson is set to become the next coach of the New Jersey Nets. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov wanted a coach with a winning track record and Johnson definitely brings that to the table. Prokhorov and Johnson were seen last night at the Celtics/Lakers game. Recruiting? Maybe.

ESPN Insider had this to offer..

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met new head coach Avery Johnson on Sunday for the first time and the two even went to Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Asked what he told Johnson during their meeting, Prokhorov told the New York Daily News, “Just that we need to create a dynasty team. That’s it. A very simple task.”

“We are both gym rats,” Prokhorov added. “We spend hours in the gym and we are hungry to win. He was nicknamed ‘The Little General’ and my nickname is ‘The General.’ It’s a match made in heaven.”

Johnson will be formally introduced as the Nets head coach on Tuesday. However, Prokhorov will not be there due to a commitment in Russia.

Sharing A Laugh! AP

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?

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