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Seconds beckon for Nets, Johnson

Avery wasn't Nets' first choice and they weren't his, but he's exactly what N.J. needs

Updated: June 16, 2010, 2:03 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Avery Johnson was the right choice to coach the New Jersey Nets, but no, he was not the first choice. Rod Thorn harbored a slight preference for Tom Thibodeau, and several people close to the Boston assistant tried and failed to convince him the Nets were a better long-term fit than the Chicago Bulls.

Thibodeau picked the Bulls over the Nets for this singular reason: He'd waited so long to become a head coach that he wanted desperately to land in a win-now ...

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