Avery Johnson Moving To The Cavaliers Has UA Students In A Panic

Avery Johnson Moving To The Cavaliers Has UA Students In A Panic

Will Johnson make the leap back to the league?

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Since the firing of former head coach Tyronn Lue, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been searching for the right replacement. Normally in this situation, the top assistant coach would take over, but Larry Drew who held that position won't commit to coaching the team.

Whether he decides to take the job or not, Cleveland will still look for a long-term solution and me being curious about who they were looking for, I did a quick google search and nearly spit out my caramel latte (you heard me right). It said, "Rumor Avery Johnson discussed as Cavaliers' next coach."

Part of me was telling myself "Self, don't get worked up about this it's probably just some desperate blog trying to get some clicks."

Checked the link: It's from NBC Sports.

The hairs on the back of my neck rise.

My brain continues to ramble, "Well, even these big sports sites don't get it right all the time. They're probably just having one of their personalities do some speculation."

Read through the article: Found a quote from Brian Windhorst of ESPN, one of the most credible NBA sources on the planet.

"One interesting name being discussed by executives as a possible future coach in Cleveland is Avery Johnson," said Windhorst.

Me right now:

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The reason that I'm having this mini-meltdown is that it just makes too much sense. Cleveland literally just drafted Colin Sexton who is the most electric human being to ever lay foot in Coleman Coliseum, and he and Johnson both had a really close relationship. In addition to getting a player of Sexton's caliber, Johnson also made Alabama basketball a respectable program. They were above .500 every season he coached and last year too the tide to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 6 years.

Look, it's great and all that Alabama basketball is finally competitive again but in reality that's really all they're going to be.

*Gasp*

I know, I didn't defend an Alabama sport to my last dying breath. But the writings on the wall here people, we're not going to turn this program into the football team. In this case, Johnson may think that he has done all he can.

Just look at the rest of the country people, they're just too many teams who have such big head starts on us in terms of past players in the NBA, program history, facilities, location etc. it just isn't fair. There are also teams who can convince players to turn down getting paid by one big-time school, to go play for another big-time school for free. You just can't beat that kind of greatness. In all seriousness, a school like Alabama just can't depend on players like Sexton to join the team every year. It's unrealistic.

On top of all of this, one factor that's worth mentioning is that this is his Avery Johnson Jr.'s last season. The second he's gone, other than a couple of players he recruited there really doesn't have a lot keeping Johnson Sr. put in T-town.

Yes, the Cavaliers are a mess and probably will be for the foreseeable future. But the glove fits WAY too good and will be keeping me up at night for the next couple of months.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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