Just three weeks ago, Brooklyn was the place to be within the Basketball world.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were leading one of the most talented rosters in the game. Brooklyn was revived with the addition of the Nets, and at 11-4 the team was living up to its high expectations.
But since that superb first month of the Brooklyn era, the party has ended for Avery Johnson. After losing to the Milwaukee Bucs last night, the Nets are now 14-14.
Johnson is now jobless as he was fired earlier today.
Mikhail Prokhorov has invested a lot of money into the team, and the move to Brooklyn was supposed to put the franchise over the top. Many picked the Nets to finish in the top four of the eastern conference this season, and to keep that a reality a move a had to be made.
Firing Johnson this early in the season is a statement from Prokhorov to everyone involved. He's not going to let anyone in the organization underachieve, and Johnson is the first to find that out.
P.J Carlesimo will be the interim head coach of the Nets as they look for another option. He will be under a lot of pressure to keep the Nets from falling even further in the standings.
Unless of course, Carlesimo has an impact like Mike Woodson did with the Knicks who clearly still own New York.
That doesn't appear likely as Carlesimo's last appearance as a head coach was with the 2008-2009 Oklahoma City Thunder. Carlesimo was fired after a 1-12 start, but Scott Brooks didn't do any better finishing the year 22-47.
This team wasn't thought to be able to compete with the Miami Heat this season. Over the last month of the season, they haven't been able to compete with any team. The roster is to talented for this early season skid, and they can't afford to miss out on the playoffs.
No way, no how.