San Antonio's Tony Parker is at ease

...he added. "I always fight with (coach Gregg Popovich) for that because he wanted me to be ? no disrespect to Avery Johnson ? but like Avery, and then like John. I was like, 'I want to be me.' I want to do both. I want to be aggressive...

Jason Collins receives warm welcome in Nets locker room

...who clearly doesn't share his country's anti-gay policies. Prokhorov isn't afraid to take chances, firing Avery Johnson last December after he'd been Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in November, and later hiring Kidd when he had...

LeBron James easily wins MVP, but vote isn't unanimous

...eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.Carlesimo helped the Nets finish 49-33 after replacing the fired Avery Johnson in December, earning the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they spotted the Chicago Bulls a 17-point halftime...

Johnson, Karl are first to wear mics

...Listen up: NBA coach aren't too pleased about wearing microphones during nationally televised games. Dallas' Avery Johnson and Denver's George Karl became the first to clip on the little wires when their teams met in a game shown on TNT...

Pistons' search lags

...Pistons are still in the market for a head coach. And as of Friday, it still appears that former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson is the favorite to replace Michael Curry , a Glenn Hills graduate, with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant John Kuester...

Around the NBA

...listed as doubtful for Wednesday night's game against Indiana and will be day to day after that. MAVERICKS: Coach Avery Johnson was fined $25,000 for his actions during a game against the Indiana Pacers last week. Johnson was cited for failing...

Playoffs have familiar feel

...the NBA finals after their collapse against the Heat last year. "There's only one champion," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "No matter what you do in the regular season, at the end of the day you've got to try to get it done in...

Curry may be Pistons' new coach

...is a former Piston. Other possible candidates are Detroit assistant Terry Porter and former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson . "I'm going to talk to a few people this week," Dumars said. "As we normally do, we'll act quickly. This...

Nowitzki sparks Mavs

...missed the postseason. Nowitzki didn't practice Thursday after his early return from a high ankle sprain, but coach Avery Johnson said he looked "pretty good." "The word 'swagger' has several letters in it, and we just don't want to stop...

Mavericks nip Hawks

...record to 58-11. "We're pretty good when we're healthy but we're not where we need to be," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "We aren't anywhere close where I need them to be. If we had to start the playoffs tomorrow, I would really...