Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson was named tye NBA Eastern Conference Coach of them Month today for the months of October and November along with Lionel Hollins who won it for the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference.
Johnson has now won four career Coach of the Month awards but this is the first one with the Nets and my guess is this one is special.
Johnson has had a ton of pressure on him from the day Deron Williams signed and the team was built this past summer with All-star Joe Johnson along with Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez. This team is built to win now and the talent that Johnson has to coach is much different then the past two years and he knows it. There are no excuses anymore about not having the talent to win so the pressure is on.
The season had a rocky start as Hurricane Sandy postponed opening night and the Nets practice facility was three feet under water so he had a few challenges to deal with before the season even began. Johnson managed to keep his team focused through the devastation and craziness that Sandy brought and won 11 games.
The 11 wins that the Nets won in November were the most in franchise history for that month and through the first 15 games of a season.
NBA.com Official release
Nets’ Johnson, Grizzlies’ Hollins named Coaches of the Month
The Brooklyn Nets’ Avery Johnson and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Lionel Hollins today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.
Johnson led the Nets to an 11-4 (.733) mark in October and November, with the 11 wins tying for the most in the conference (Miami Heat, 11-3; New York Knicks, 11-4). The Nets, off to the best start through 15 games in franchise history, ranked second in the NBA in team scoring defense, holding opponents to 90.4 ppg. The Nets recorded their largest road win (107-68) in franchise history on Nov. 9 against the Orlando Magic.
Johnson finally has a chance to coach a roster full of talent that has players on it that have played in some NBA wars and playoff series and know what it takes to be a winner night in and night out.
Pride is being built in Brooklyn and November was the start to the legacy of this years Brooklyn Nets.
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