not too surprised here...
The Dallas Mavericks parted company with coach Avery Johnson on Wednesday, a day following the team's first-round exit from the NBA playoffs.
Speculation about Johnson's future with the franchise had been
mounting for weeks, ever since Dallas struggled to reach the playoffs
as the seventh seed following its midseason acquisition of point guard Jason Kidd from New Jersey.
became Mavs coach during the 2004-05 season and walks away with a
194-70 record (.735), but only a 23-24 mark in the playoffs and 3-12 in
the postseason since Dallas was dismantled by Miami in the 2006 NBA
New Orleans wrapped up a 4-1 series rout of Dallas with Tuesday night's 99-94 victory.
is tough for me," Johnson said after the game, not specifically
responding to a question about his job security but struggling to
contain his disappointment after the Mavs' second straight flameout in
the first round.
NBA front-office offices sources told ESPN.com that both the Mavs
and Johnson, feeling that a coaching change was inevitable, wanted to
come to a resolution quickly so Dallas could begin interviewing
candidates and Johnson could pursue another job.
The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls have openings.
SourcesCuban refused to speak with reporters after Tuesday's loss at New
close to the situation have said that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
actually considered firing Johnson before the playoffs, specifically
after Cuban and Johnson engaged in an emotional argument after a March
18 home loss to the Lakers.
Orleans -- Dallas' ninth playoff defeat in a row on the road since
taking a 2-0 lead in the 2006 Finals.