'Little General' commands respect in Dallas

Updated: February 13, 2006, 11:49 PM ET
By Will Perdue | ESPN Insider

When I played with Mavericks coach Avery Johnson in San Antonio, there was no doubt was the leader of our team was. We called him the "Little General" for a reason. You could see back then that this guy was going to be a coach. I use to love watching Avery get in David Robinson's face and explain in no uncertain terms, "We need you, 5-0." Avery was ornery, but that was because he knew what he wanted and he had a vision of how it needed to be done. I can image that things are no different now.

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