We’ve picked up on a subtle theme in Avery Johnson’s talks to his team. Subtle like an Oliver Stone movie or a Metallica guitar riff.
First he ripped the Nets as being basically tissue paper as they watched the tape of the team getting destroyed by the Heat (the day after they lost to the Magic), then told the New York Daily News this about Brook Lopez.
“These two nights are not nights we hope to have from him. We have to do a better job of getting him better shots. He has to be more aggressive.
Johnson said Devin Harris had two “sub-par games” in Florida and the Nets need him to more aggressive. Harris agreed they were bad back-to-back games, but didn’t blame his sprained shoulder.
Johnson’s job one — well his and owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s — is to change the culture of the franchise. Return it to one that can win. Johnson has the on the court part and is preaching toughness and not backing down. The Nets are going to lose a lot of games because the talent isn’t there, but he wants them to fight. And that was missing in Florida.
You can be sure this isn’t the last of this sermon from Johnson, he’s got a lot more preaching to do over the course of this season to really change things.