View Full Version : Avery Turns down Grizz Job

Big Quett
01-23-2009, 03:51 PM
Avery Johnson has turned down the chance to make a swift return to an NBA bench with the Memphis Grizzlies.

NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com on Friday that the former Dallas Mavericks coach was offered a five-year contract by the Grizzlies to replace Marc Iavaroni, who was fired late Thursday after 1 seasons in Memphis.

Johnson, though, elected to pass on an in-season comeback, preferring to remain in his role as a first-year studio analyst for ESPN.

"I've said all along [that] at the right time and in the right situation, I will coach again," Johnson said Friday. "I am enjoying my time at ESPN and with my family. I think an awful lot of [Grizzlies owner] Michael Heisley and [general manager] Chris Wallace. I wish the Grizzlies the very best."


Damn as a Grizz fan this one hurts. I think he was the best case scenario. He would have made the players accountable.

01-23-2009, 03:54 PM
Good, he deserves better than that..

01-23-2009, 03:56 PM
mmm i wonder if fratello or hubbie would want a second chance.

01-23-2009, 03:59 PM
at least memphis tried to bring in avery, but i'm sure hes gonna be looking for a better situation than the grizz.

01-23-2009, 03:59 PM
Smart man!

01-23-2009, 03:59 PM
He's waiting for Vinny Del Negro to be fired

01-23-2009, 04:14 PM
He's waiting for Vinny Del Negro to be fired

hey u right, i sure hope so:pray:

01-23-2009, 04:14 PM
They should have waited until the end of the season to make a coaching move. They're certainly not going to get any better by making a coaching change and who in their right mind is going to go there with the absolute mess they have talent wise?? I know I wouldn't.