NBA: Nets part ways with Johnson

In a bit of a surprising move, the struggling Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday. In his place, the club named assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo as the interim head coach.

While the Nets have cooled off as evident by their 14-14 record, after beginning the season 11-4, the move still seems like it came a bit too soon. Johnson was named Coach of the Month for November and while the team has dipped and fallen below expectations, over a long season teams will have their ups and downs.

In this case it appears that Nets ownership doesn’t believe this is part of an up and down start, but more of a downward spiral that needed a drastic change to get the team going again.