New Jersey Nets' Coach Avery Johnson: 'The Sky's The Limit'

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Avery Johnson Meets The Media, Expresses Hope For Nets' Future

The New Jersey Nets introduced Avery Johnson as their newest head coach this afternoon, and Johnson was bursting with optimism. Nets Daily, SB Nation's Nets blog, has more from the news conference:

Avery Johnson opened his comments at Tuesday's press conference by promising, as did his boss, to win the NBA championship. "I'm going to work morning, noon and night to get the Big Trophy," said Johnson.

"The sky's the limit," said Johnson in front of dozens of reporters and cameramen at the PNY Center. "We can go from worst to first."

However, he acknowledges that optimism can only take a team so far:

"I'm all about dreaming. I have a big dream in my mind right now in terms of where this franchise can go and where we can take it. I see all of the possibilities, but that's going to require a lot of discipline and details and determination."


Avery Johnson Seeking 3-year, $12 Million Dollar Deal

The New Jersey Nets and Avery Johnson have come together on an agreement that will make Johnson the next coach of the Nets.

They haven't ironed out contract details yet, but Fanhouse reports that negotiations have begun.

A source close to the ESPN analyst confirmed Marc Stein's report to FanHouse that the former Dallas coach and the Nets have entered contract negotiations with his lawyers, Jeremiah Haylett (Dutt Sports General Counsel) and Curry Cooksey (Orgain, Bell and Tucker, LLP). Assuming Johnson's deal is worked out, he will return to the bench for the first time since being fired from the Mavericks' head post in 2008.

Yahoo! reporter Marc Spears reported that Johnson would be given a three-year deal, and sources close to Johnson told FanHouse that his target salary entering negotiations with Thorn - and by extension new Nets billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov - was between $4 million to $4.5 million per year.'s Art Garcia tweets details on possible candidates for Johnson's staff as well.

Possibles for Avery Johnson's staff in New Jersey include Blazers asst Joe Prunty & Mavs asst Popeye Jones.

Jones and Johnson played together for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2003-2004 season.


Stein: Nets Begin Negotiations With Avery Johnson

ESPN's Marc Stein is as plugged-in an NBA reporter as there is, so when he Tweets something, we ought to listen. And in this case, he's tweeting that Avery Johnson is quite close to becoming the next head coach of the New Jersey Nets: NBA coaching latest: Nets have entered into contract negotiations with Avery Johnson and are progressing toward deal

In two separate Tweets, he points out that Johnson is still technically a finalist for the Hawks' opening in Atlanta, but that "something would have to go seriously awry" for him not to ultimately land the Nets' job.

Here's Stein's report at, if you prefer not to read the news in 140-character bursts.
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