Atlanta Hawks: Avery Johnson continues talks with Hawks as his other options dwindle

Avery Johnson is in continued discussions with the Hawks about their vacant coaching position as at least one and maybe two other jobs he’s interested in are out of play.

The Philadelphia 76ers hired Doug Collins today after Johnson had been one of several candidates to interview for the job. And the Hornets reportedly have moved on in their search after Johnson lobbied for dual front-office/coaching position for his hometown team, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Representatives for Johnson said they’ve continued to talk with the Hawks after Johnson met with the team on Monday. However, a person with knowledge of the Hawks’ search said today that the team has not narrowed its field of candidates.

The Hawks still are set to meet with Dallas assistant and former Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey this weekend in Chicago. They’ve also conducted a phone interview with Portland assistant Dean Demopoulos.

Johnson also reportedly will meet with the New Jersey Nets about their coaching position. If he’s still is looking for front-office power, he’s not likely to get it in either New Jersey or Atlanta.

Hawks general manager Rick Sund owns full personnel power with the Hawks, including the ability to hire and fire coaches. Though Sund said he often consults with the ownership group, co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. said owners leave decisions up to Sund.

In New Jersey, new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced general manager Kiki Vandeweghe will not be retained and that team president Rod Thorn would take over his duties. Thorn has been Nets president since 2000.

Meanwhile, the Hornets apparently no longer are considering Johnson. Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau and Portland assistant Monty Williams will get second interviews for the New Orleans Hornets’ head-coaching job, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

MC

296 comments Add your comment

First!!!!

May 21st, 2010
6:40 pm

Bring em home Sund!

Double Dribble

May 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

I don’t see what the fascination is with Johnson. He was given a juggernaut team by Nelson and I think he just rode their coat tails……

JEM

May 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

JEM

May 21st, 2010
6:44 pm

nside hawkfan

May 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

If Teague is going to be a starter next year, I’d feel a lot better with Avery or Mark Jackson coaching him…just sayin.

Johnny Hazeltine

May 21st, 2010
6:50 pm

Avery took a team to the NBA Finals by beating their biggest rival (the ‘06 Spurs). After that, he made some questionable decisions, that I’m sure he’s learned from. As for the ‘07 Warriors/Mavs series, I remember EVERYONE saying that was a bad matchup for the Mavs. Regardless of what a coach can control, bad matchups are bad matchups (see Hawks/Magic).

I like Avery, and think he can make the Hawks more consistent, which in turn will make them better, with or without Joe.

nside hawkfan

May 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

Bsed on Sund’s reasoning to let woodson go, that he’d taken the Hwaks as far as he could, It would be hard to view Casey as an upgrade over Woody.

nside hawkfan

May 21st, 2010
6:52 pm

damn, I can’t even spell Hawks..

Double Dribble

May 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

Nside, Avery was a championship point guard. I think he would be a good fit for Teague too. I just think that he is just as much of an unknown as everyone else. I will say that he got the Mavs to play defense.

pt

May 21st, 2010
7:03 pm

the #1 reason to hire Avery. his voice. even Josh wouldn’t want to sit next to him and hear that for 5 mins.no more jumpers Josh.with a true motion offense all you need to do is slash.

UGA

May 21st, 2010
7:07 pm

Marc Stein from ESPN said we met with Avery today for the 2nd time this week. Good sign. Not that I want this guy, but you all think he’d want to sign Josh Howard?

Maxx

May 21st, 2010
7:13 pm

Mark Jackson. Hand down, Man down!

highpoweredoffense

May 21st, 2010
7:27 pm

BRING IN AJ! TEAGUE WILL BE A BAD A*S PG IN 2 YEARS, AND TRADE MARVIN WILLIAMS FOR A $20 GIFT CARD! GO HAWKS!

Blast

May 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

Just having a huge ball watching the Atlanta Dream play basketball right now. The way they play defence, rebound and their fast break offence…

Hawks needs to take a page from their book.

And Angel? Gosh! She is sooooooo gooooood. Superstar chick!

Blast

May 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

The way they defend….

Blast

May 21st, 2010
7:39 pm

Go for 3-0, Dream!

I would pay to see them play. Love their style of basketball!

WCJ

May 21st, 2010
7:45 pm

Has Dominique Wilkins ever been considered? When he and Bob called the hawks games, he knew just about all the problems hawks had. Dominique knew by how the hawks were playing if they would lose a game or win it. He knew the problems Joe Johnson and the hawks would have in the playoffs and was right on time. Dominique Wilkins would be a great assistant; I think it is about time he gets a chance if he wants it to prove himself.

Blast

May 21st, 2010
7:49 pm

Hawks! I hope y’all watching the Dream right now! With your athletic abilities, that’s how you win ball games! Run the ball down their throat!

No more Iso’s!

Blast

May 21st, 2010
7:53 pm

Screw D Wilkins. If he coaches the way he calls the game, then Hawks will suck big time. Steve Smith will make a better coach.

Blast

May 21st, 2010
8:02 pm

The Dream President said the Dream run all day. That’s what the Hawks should do!

He also said they are fun to watch. I agree!

Blast

May 21st, 2010
8:13 pm

Love Bob’s partner at the Dream game. Fell for her even before I saw her, just from her voice, and now I see her at halftime. Super cutie! Don’t even know her name!

Think that’s one reason I watch the WNBA. Pretty women!

How in hell did Candice fall for Shelden Williams? He must have caught her before she knew better. Shelden is a bum, while his wife is a star. Wow!

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 21st, 2010
8:25 pm

Avery has been exposed and is off the “shine list”. Irriatating the TV audience is next on his viatiblity list.

Blast Your Face

May 21st, 2010
8:27 pm

No one cares about the Atlanta Dream. This is about the Atlanta HAWKS! We, the Hawks, will solve our own problems without the help of the Dream!

NoleRick

May 21st, 2010
8:38 pm

Avery Johnson would be the best thing for Teague. Would be nice to seem Teague turn into the next Rondo, but with a better, younger, more athletic supporting cast.

i_am_soulstar

May 21st, 2010
8:45 pm

I think Teague’s gonna be unique with the right coach

Jody

May 21st, 2010
8:46 pm

Teams often take on the personality of their best player and I think that was an issue for Avery in Dallas as Dirk is not a physical prescense as a player. That being said, Avery did a great job with that team. Avery is a guy who would seriously challenge both this team and organization to be better as opposed to another “yes” man. Avery’s price tag may be a little higher than others, but you get what you pay for. If the Hawks want a good return on their investment, they need to invest “wisely” and not “cheaply”.

Blast

May 21st, 2010
8:51 pm

Blast your face,

It would be more interesting to spar with you if you posted under your real name, or if that’s your real name, then you are a newbie not worthy of my time.

Hawks sucked when it mattered the most. I don’t care about Hawks right now until I see the coach they hire, and the players they get. So screw Hawks, and screw you too. The Dream are playing with more heart than the Hawks displayed in the playoffs, while showing great basketball skills, too!

Hawks had a 53 win season, but sucked in the playoffs, where it counted the most. You gonna justify that?

Najeh Davenpoop

May 21st, 2010
9:01 pm

I am not thrilled about Avery, but I will say that if I didn’t have his Mavs playoff chokes tainting my opinion of him, my opinion would probably be considerably better. He is a former point guard, with a championship as a player, who played under Popovich among others, and who for all his faults did win close to 70 games and did go to (one of the more questionably refereed) NBA Finals. He’s not my first choice for Hawks coach — I’m still more impressed with what I know of Elston Turner and Tom Thibodeau, and Doc Rivers is the ideal candidate if he leaves Boston — but I’m willing to give Avery the benefit of the doubt that he learned from his mistakes rubbing people the wrong way and micromanaging them in Dallas.

boiler up

May 21st, 2010
9:04 pm

nside hawkfan, are you kidding me about Mark Jackson?? That guy is a complete Jack Ass. I use to live in Indy and when he played for Indiana his attitude is the same as what u here on TV.. No thanks.. I’d rather take Avery Johnson.. I agree that Teague is our future but Mark Jackson is a joke and I think could and would discourage him with his gynormous ego!! Go Hawks..

N-Trigue

May 21st, 2010
9:05 pm

Man for all yall that keep screaming Avery Johnson go back and look at tape. Johnson was just like Woodson decent if that he looked confused on the sidelines so many times. He’s an old school coach we a coach that’s gonna allow our team to run and make adjustments on defense when needed I think Avery is a good assistant coach at best!

My Man Woody

May 21st, 2010
9:29 pm

Excruciatingly boring or terrible things I would rather watch than an Atlanta Dream game:
1 Hockey
2 Something on WE
3 The home shopping network
4 Something on the spanish channel (I dont speak a word)
5 Anything by Tyler Perry

nside hawkfan

May 21st, 2010
9:37 pm

Boiler up,

I grew up rooting for the 90’s knicks and Jackson was nothing but a model citizen in my view. I think has a grasp of the game and could help Teague. By the way, I think Teague might be the fastest guy in the league. We would know more if woody gave him more than the last minute fourteen seconds of the first quarter…

nside hawkfan

May 21st, 2010
9:38 pm

my man woody, don’t sleep on Univision, Sabado Gigante’ is the sheeeeeeot

[...] not completely except for the fact that some of his other options are drying up. Michael Cunningham of the AJC is reporting that representatives for Johnson had continued to talk with the Hawks ever since Johnson had a face to face meeting with [...]

WTF

May 21st, 2010
10:06 pm

WTF

May 21st, 2010
10:08 pm

WTF

May 21st, 2010
10:15 pm

A Fans Mavs take on Avery’s firing in Dallas (WATCH THIS!! VERY INFORMATIVE!!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQ3Dry1GIw&NR=1&feature=fvwp

jerrywest

May 21st, 2010
10:21 pm

I would like to see some youtube clips of AJ blasting Smoove for taking long jumpers or screaming about Woody’s iso offense.

gcs

May 21st, 2010
10:35 pm

Yuck.

Think BIGGER, Hawks!

.

Gray Mule

May 21st, 2010
10:36 pm

Blast: Some Otherwise intelligent fans hate the WNBA. Can’t understand
why they can’t watch. GO DREAM!
Hopefully, the Hawks will hire a new head coach before they do anything
else. He needs to be here ASAP!
Gray Mule

cdog

May 21st, 2010
10:41 pm

stop playing games rick sund and hire avery johnson.you always suppose to hire the best man for a job.avery, by far, is the best man.

O'Brien

May 21st, 2010
10:47 pm

I am impressed with Avery Johnson’s resume. COY, won a championship playing alongside Tim Duncan and David Robinson (he was the floor general), learned from popovich, been to the finals as a coach, over. 700 regular season win percentage.

If he is hired, I think free agent players will respect him and even want to play for him (I’m sure they watch him on ESPN too).

But I am concerned about his playoff performance. After all, hawks want somebody to get them over the playoff hump, and I’m not sure Avery can do that.

That being said, Dirk is soft, and rick Carlisle has not done much better with Dallas. If Avery is hired, hopefully he learned from his Dallas mistakes.

From the previous blog,

@ northcyde,

Isn’t cousins a center? All mock drafts I have seen say nets will take the PF Favors from GT.

Ken Strickland

May 21st, 2010
11:05 pm

How can any HC that has enough sense to realize:

(1) he needs to utilize his bench,

(2) he needs to make changes or adjustments and utilize strategy during gms when things aren’t working,

(3) he needs to rest his starters during gms,

(4) Bibby is an offensive and defensive liability and shouldn’t start,

(5) it’s a good idea, and long term benefit, to develop and utilize your rookies and bench,

(6) it’s far, far, far, far more effective and beneficial to make changes or adjustments than excuses,

(7) if you don’t know or give a damn about OFF, and your half court OFF is severely limited and one dimensional, you get outside input or assistance, not be considered a better HC than Mike Woodson?

It’s a rather odd, but AJohnson lost his job in part because he made changes that cost his team during the playoffs, and MWoodson lost his job in part because he refused to make any changes or adjustments, particularly during the playoffs.

northcyde

May 21st, 2010
11:16 pm

O’Brien . . . I had forgotten about Favors. Yeah, Cousins is a center, and the Nets need a PF. They’ll probably take Favors, no doubt.

northcyde

May 21st, 2010
11:17 pm

Mr. Strickland . . . if Teague doesn’t pan out under Avery or ( insert new coach ) . . will it be because Woody “took away his confidence”, or will it be because Teague just couldn’t handle playing PG on the NBA level?

( this question is open to everybody )

WTF

May 21st, 2010
11:25 pm

What???

May 21st, 2010
11:27 pm

Teague – 48 minutes 24pts 15assists

#dudeislegit #playhim

jeff teague

May 21st, 2010
11:29 pm

CONNIE HAWKINS

May 21st, 2010
11:35 pm

Josh Smith

May 21st, 2010
11:37 pm

I could play part of the time for him.