Deron: Johnson Tends to ‘Micro-Manage’
Fair or not, the rap on Avery Johnson in Dallas is he was a type-A control freak, the kind of coach who demanded without compassion, and who could prompt Dirk Nowitzki to describe the tenure as “a little dictatorship.”
“I’ve heard that,” Deron Williams says, cracking a smile. “At times, he likes to micro-manage the game.”
Don’t let the revamped Nets roster or re-branding fool you, or even the anomaly that became Tuesday night’s fast-paced, entertaining 117-111 defeat. This is Johnson’s team. This is his system. It’s his vision of a defense that has developed into one of the league’s best, Tuesday’s effort notwithstanding.