Friday, October 17, 2008

Q&A with Avery Johnson

My sister forwarded me an interview with Avery Johnson from "D Magazine" in Dallas. A couple of highlights:

On the reality of coaching: "I think when you’re functioning as a coach or as a CEO, you have to know how to communicate. You have to be competent at what you’re doing—and, if you’re not, you better get somebody that’s more competent than you."

On getting fired by Dallas: "I think what happened with the Mavericks is the nature of the business. When you are a coach, one of two things is going to happen: you’re either going to resign, or you’re going to get fired. You know that before you take the job. I was never going to be a lifer with the Mavericks organization."

On his future in basketball: "Down the road, [coaching is] something that has a possibility of happening, but I don’t think it’s going to be limited to just coaching. I think there are other ways—whether it’s running an organization as a president and general manager or coach."