|From Coach Of The Month To The Scrap Heap In The Next Month
The Brooklyn Nets fire Avery Johnson their Black head coach after less than one season in their highly published move from New Jersey to Brooklyn NY.
(Johnson was in the last season of his 3 year - $12 Million contract and won't be hurting)
FIRED - Avery Johnson
Clearly "WE Now Own Teams" did not work out for Avery Johnson per the vicarious living that some have expressed through minority owner Shawn Carter - Supporter of "The Occupation".
|Billy King - General Manger Of Brookly Nets||
The move was announced by General Manager Billy King, who said he spoke with the Nets’ owners Thursday morning and the decision was made by them.
“It was a tough decision,” King said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “I worked well with Avery for two and a half years. The way we’ve been playing lately and talking with ownership, I spoke to them this morning, and the decision was made.”
Owns 1/15th Of The Brooklyn Nets but casts a large shadow on the public image of the team.
¶Mr. Ratner may have thought he was getting little more than a limited partner with a boldface name and a youthful following that could prove useful someday. But Jay-Z’s contributions have dwarfed the $1 million he invested nine years ago. His influence on the project has been wildly disproportionate to his ownership stake — a scant one-fifteenth of one percent of the team. And so is the money he stands to make from it.
¶Now, with the long-delayed Barclays Center arena nearing opening night in September and the Nets bidding in earnest for Brooklyn’s loyalties, Jay-Z will perform eight sold-out shows to kick things off. But away from center stage he has put his mark on almost every facet of the enterprise, his partners say.
¶He helped design the team logos and choose the team’s stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to National Basketball Association officials to drop their objections to it (the N.B.A., according to a person with knowledge of the discussion, thought that African-American athletes did not look good on TV in black, an assertion that a league spokesman adamantly denied). He counseled arena executives on what kind of music to play during games. (“Less Jersey,” he urged, pushing niche artists like Santigold over old favorites like Bon Jovi.)
The temporary replacement coach for the seat vacated by Avery Johnson: PJ Carlesimo - the coach who Letrell Spreewell was driven to choke back in 1997.
The Retirement Of: "When You Hire A Black Head Coach You Must Advise The 'Civil Rights Activists' As They Are Assistant Coaches
The situation in Brooklyn is interesting.
Normally the abrupt termination of a millionaire head coach who is Black - without advising the "protection racket" gets the same team that had been applauded upon his hiring now having to prove that they are not "RACIST".
In the case of Jay-Z - when Billy King said in his press conference that he talked with "ownership" there are two ways to look at the "Jay-Z" factor.
- Did Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) consider the fact that Avery Johnson had just won the "Coach Of The Month" in November after a solid start as the franchise moved into the new Brooklyn home that he has personally hyped so much? Did Shawn Carter sufficiently DEFEND Avery Johnson - knowing that this could be a "seat that is lost from the hands of a Black man"? (note - see politics)
- Does Shawn Carter have the pull in GOVERNING the team OR was he recruited for partnership to focus in on the marketing and hype of the team? Surely the Brooklyn Nets merchandise has been flying off of the shelf.
- The accompanying article (above) indicates that Shawn Carter chose the color scheme and logo - having to fight against the initial opposition from the NBA
- Now when patrons are "Stopped And Frisked" at the gate to check for weapons - thanks to Shawn Carter they are not 'OFFENDED' , like when the NYPD do the same thing on the streets.
Indeed Shawn Carter has a magic touch in compelling Black people to buy into what he is selling.