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Mavs, Johnson part ways after team's playoff ouster

Updated: May 2, 2008, 4:22 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

DALLAS -- From the start, Avery Johnson was a perfect fit as coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

At the end, it was pretty obvious he wasn't.

Johnson lost his job Wednesday, a move the team referred to as "relieving him of his duties." The softer tone made sense considering that in three-plus seasons Johnson guided the Mavericks to the NBA Finals for the first time and to a club-record 67 wins the following season.

Yet for all the high points, there were some serious lows -- blowing ...

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