Avery Johnson Sounds Like a Devin Harris Guy

April, 30, 2008
4/30/08
11:16
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You can listen to Avery Johnson's first interview, post-firing, with Galloway and Company. He says that his son had an accident at school, and had to be taken off on a stretcher. That's the most pressing thing, no doubt, although Johnson says he'll be fine.

Most of all, he says that everything is amicable with Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban, and I believe him. He says he got great calls from Doc Rivers, Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich ... it's nice to hear about people being civil to each other. He also says his agent has already gotten some calls from other teams. 

Johnson was asked what he thought about the Jason Kidd trade.

First of all, I think it would be an injustice to Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, Keith Grant, and everybody in that organization  ... it would be an injustice to Jason Kidd, my son Devin Harris -- who is like a son to me -- I don't want to drag their names through any mudslinging. Whatever happened, it happened, and now we just all have to move forward.

That's very civil, and it's not saying much.

But it's not how you talk if you liked the trade. 

Later, when asked what he would have done differently, he says:

Maybe I should have given the ball to Devin Harris a little bit earlier. Maybe started developing him a little bit earlier. 

That's the only regret he could come up with. 

He also addresses Josh Howard, mainly by saying Howard has been good to him, and anything that happens is water under the bridge. 

My main thought, listening to this?

No chance this man is not employed next season.

(Thanks to Tim for the heads up about this interview.) 

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