“I learned quickly in the NBA that you keep one eye open at all times and one ear closed. You can't react to everything you hear or see.”
TNT analyst Charles Barkley on Nets point guard Deron Williams: “He's got the reputation of getting coaches fired. Whatever happened in Utah (where coach Jerry Sloan resigned), it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It's time to put up or shut up.”
TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal on Williams: “Sometimes before great players point fingers, they should look in the mirror. This is the first time I've heard the guy with the ball at all times say that he doesn't like the offense. My advice is for him to look in the mirror and see if he's doing enough.”
LeBron James (@KingJames): Avery got fired? He was just coach of the month wasn't he? That's like a player get Player of the Month then gets traded the next month.
Damien Woody (@damienwoody): Not Avery Johnson! D-Will got another one huh.
Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein): Deron Williams is really talented. But I'd be scared to coach him.
Will Beekman (@WillBeekman): Deron Williams will play versus Charlotte tonight, despite injuring his wrist while throwing Avery Johnson under the bus.
Insider_Sports (@Insider_Sports): Avery Johnson whacked in Brooklyn style.
Avery Johnson Jr. (@itsaveryjohnson): I'm sorry are best players couldn't make open shots. Yeah that's my dads fault totally...
Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks): The lesson here is obvious: never sign up to coach for a Russian billionaire.
Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP): You can take the Nets out of New Jersey, but you can't take the Nets out of the Nets.
Mo Williams (@mowilliams): Avery Johnson is a good coach tweeps. That caught everybody by surprise. We was like wooooooow!!!!! in practice.
Reggie Evans (@ReggieEvans30): Avery Johnson is a first class Coach and First class Person, I learned a lot from him! Wishing him and his family nothing but the best