Monday, May 17, 2010

ESPN.com: Stein: Avery Johnson To Have First Interview For Coaching Vacancy

Marc Stein:
Former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson will receive the first interview to fill the Atlanta Hawks' coaching vacancy, according to NBA coaching sources.

Current Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey will also interview for the Hawks' job in the next few days, sources said.

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Johnson, an NBA analyst for ESPN, has already interviewed with the Philadelphia 76ers and his hometown New Orleans Hornets in recent weeks.

The Hawks, sources said, requested and received permission from the Mavericks over the weekend to meet with Casey.

Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin and Phoenix Suns assistant Dan Majerle are also on the Hawks' list, sources said.

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Sources say Johnson and Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, meanwhile, have emerged as standout contenders in New Orleans in a search that has generated seven interviews to date. Besides Johnson, Thibodeau and Casey, New Orleans has met with Portland assistant coach Monty Williams, TNT's Mike Fratello, ESPN's Mark Jackson and former New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank.

5 comments:

Bronn said...

A good sign: Proof that they're actually considering Avery Johnson, and won't simply rule him out due to financial constraints.

M said...

Bronn-

this is just a formality.. Casey is Sund's guy but they have to interview a few different guys so that it seems like he hasn't made up his mind yet.. this is just a PR move by the Hawks.. at least that's what i think

JMar said...

I agree with M - when they hire the cheaper option, whether it be Casey or another cheap assistant, they can point to the fact that they interviewed guys like Johnson and considered the cheaper guy to actually be the better candidate.

jrauch said...

And here I was looking forward to Avery Johnson press conferences where he over-enunciates every syllable.

Wolmania said...

Sportscenter reported this morning that Hawks are taking a second meeting with Avery Johnson. Doesn't sound like a mere PR move...