Avery Johnson agrees to take head coaching job at Alabama

Updated: April 5, 2015
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Former NBA player Avery Johnson, who also coached both the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets, has verbally agreed to become the next head coach of Alabama, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

The Crimson Tide fired Anthony Grant a few weeks ago, and have been on a constant search for a replacement ever since. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall met with Alabama athletic director Bill Battle last week, but eventually signed an extension to stay with the Shockers through 2022.

Johnson last coached in the NBA in 2012, where the Nets had a disappointing 14-14 start to the year. He was replaced by P.J. Carlesimo, who led the team to a 35-19 record (49-33 overall) and a fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Johnson did lead the Mavericks to two 60-win seasons and a 50-win season during his three years as head coach. They also had the best record in the Western Conference in 2006-07, as they won 67 games, but lost to Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

The 50-year-old has spent the past few years as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

Johnson is a defensive minded coach, who could definitely come right in and get things turned around at Alabama. He’s a vocal coach who has a very high basketball IQ. He played in the NBA for 16 seasons and won a championship in 1998-99 with the San Antonio Spurs, while playing alongside Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Outside of possibly bringing in Marshall or Shaka Smart, who’s now at the University of Texas, Johnson was the best hire Battle could have made.


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