#Nets: Telling Statement by Stephen A. On Avery Johnson

Updated: December 28, 2012

Stephen A. Smith talked via phone will Deron Williams and his article is nicely done on ESPN.com and I posted a few excerpts from it yesterday.  Going back and reading this piece again something stuck out to me and I will put it below and you tell me if it stands out to you as well.

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

In March 2011, about a month after Deron Williams was acquired in a trade, Avery Johnson made a fateful move that may have ultimately numbered his days as Nets coach.

According to team sources, Johnson was annoyed with Williams’ visible apathy toward the Nets’ offense and delivered a sarcastic “How would you do things differently?” — only to watch as Williams diagrammed plays, maneuvered players around and basically showed up his coach in front of the entire team

For Johnson, sources said, that was the beginning of the end — an end that officially arrived Thursday afternoon when Johnson was dismissed as coach of the Brooklyn Nets, a little more than two seasons after getting the job and just two months into the team’s arrival in Brooklyn.

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