Avery Johnson may have honed his skills in the SWAC, but he will soon be on an SEC bench. The NBA champion and former NBA head coach has agreed to become the next Alabama coach, according to ESPN.
Alabama meeting with former NBA coach Avery Johnson tonight, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 4, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsJohnson will replace Anthony Grant, who was let go by the school last month. He has never coached on the college level, but he did lead the Dallas Mavericks to the 2006 NBA Finals and most recently coached the Brooklyn Nets. He’s served as an ESPN analyst since being fired by Brooklyn.
Johnson played his college at Southern under legendary coach Ben Jobe. He was a two-time SWAC Player of the Year and went on to play more than a decade in the NBA, winning a championship with the Spurs in 1999.