While the Cavs have played better basketball recently, it is probable that they will move on from current Head Coach Larry Drew. Many names will be out there as possible replacements and I believe that Avery Johnson should be on the short list. Johnson was just fired by the University of Alabama after losing in the NIT Tournament after coaching for four seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Before coaching at Alabama, he coached in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets.
Avery Johnson has been a leader in all aspects of his life. During his playing career, he was considered a player that others looked up to despite his small stature. He even garnered the nickname, “Little General.” He spent the majority of his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won a championship in 1999 and got his number retired in 2007. As a player on the Spurs, he was coached by Larry Brown, John Lucas and Gregg Popovich – all of whom empowered Johnson to be the on the court leader that he was.
After his playing career was over, he was given the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks and after one year, they named him the head coach. In 2006, he led the Mavericks to the NBA Finals, which they lost in six games, but he did enough that season to be named the NBA Coach of the Year.
The next coach of the Cavs needs to be a leader and teacher, which Avery Johnson is. He has helped the development of young players at both the NBA and college level. Current Cavs guard Collin Sexton played for Johnson in college and reuniting the two can be very beneficial for Sexton’s development. Additionally, the Cavs have other young stars like Cedi Osman and whomever the Cavs draft at the beginning of the first round of the NBA Draft.
Johnson’s ability to communicate with these young players should make him an ideal candidate for many potential coaching jobs, especially the Cavs. Whether he is the final choice or not, he is an intriguing candidate and the Cavs would be lucky to land him.