Avery Johnson Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month
Brooklyn, NY – The NBA announced today that Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson has been named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November. It is the fourth career Coach of the Month honor for Johnson, who also won the award in April 2005, in his first full month as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, and November 2005 the following season, becoming the first coach in league history to win the award in his first two full months coaching. Johnson’s third honor came in January 2006 while still in Dallas, the same year he was selected to coach the 2006 Western Conference All-Star team.
Johnson led the Nets to a franchise-best 11 wins in the month of November and an 11-4 record overall, setting the mark for the best start in Nets franchise history. Brooklyn finished the month 7-1 at home and tied for the Atlantic Division lead while going 8-2 against 2011-12 playoff teams. In November, Brooklyn ranked second in the NBA in team scoring defense, holding opponents to 90.4 points per game and recorded their largest road win (107-68) in franchise history on Nov. 9 against the Orlando Magic.
The New Orleans native is in his third season as head coach of the Nets after being named to the position on June 15, 2010.