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rezznor 06-13-2006 02:29 PM

Avery Johnson
best rookie coach ever? i'm not gonna count last year, this is his first complete season.

kentatm 06-13-2006 04:39 PM

hell he was a badass last year. you could already see the team changing under him.

Orealius 06-13-2006 04:41 PM

Great, great coach. L'il General is the man!

SupermanOnSteroids 06-13-2006 04:45 PM

dude is schooling every coach he's played so far in the post season. amazing find for dallas.

J-Memphis 06-13-2006 06:25 PM

they way d. nelson let him do a coach-in-training the few years before really paid off i believe. he knew what top expect more than anyother rookie coach. but that is not to discount he is brilliant and a great all-around person.

BeckDiggLer 06-13-2006 06:35 PM

This guy is the greatest ever after one post season, dude can adjust to anything, he has used a different rotation in each series, he is like the MJ of coaching, after the 1st qt. of game one he made some in-game adjustment, he did not do it on a off day, he did it in game and the Heat have been azz out ever since, amazing!!!!!!!!! He looked at what the Heat were doing drew up some ish on the chalkboard and has dumbfounding the great Pat Riley on the go. amazing!!!!!!

And remember Riley is great, he is making a great coach look dumb!!!!!!

billie the tree 06-13-2006 06:54 PM

When all is said and done, he's gonna be up there with Red and Phil.

He has already surpassed Riley it seems.

bigkingsfan 06-13-2006 06:56 PM

2 season and already passing up Riley? Righhhhttttt...

Orealius 06-13-2006 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by billie the tree
He has already surpassed Riley it seems.

Coach of the Year and on the verge of winning a championship in his first full season as a head coach. Avery's a great coach but even if he wins that title, it won't put him ahead of Pat Riley in terms of coaching.... not yet.

billie the tree 06-13-2006 08:38 PM

Of course not in reputation, but is there any question that he has thoroughly out coached him through the first two games?

Okay, I may have jumped the gun a bit, but still.

joewait 06-13-2006 08:42 PM

Great coach but he's also on the perfect team. It's not like he's coaching the Knicks or Hawks or has a star player like Kobe or AI who is a coach killer. Other than Duncan, Dirk is probably the easiest guy to coach.

Shepseskaf 06-13-2006 09:57 PM


Originally Posted by rezznor
best rookie coach ever? i'm not gonna count last year, this is his first complete season.

Its hard to say, but I'd say yes. Riley won a title in his first year but he had a ready-made championship caliber team. To my knowledge, Riley really didn't change the culture of that team, while Avery certainly has for the Mavs.

Avery will be among the league's elite for a long, long time.

Chamberlain 06-13-2006 10:00 PM

He reminds me of a Gremlin, and I'm very afraid of him.

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