Brooklyn Nets fire Avery Johnson

Associated Press photo by Morry Gash Avery Johnson on his firing as the Brooklyn Nets coach: 'It’s a really disappointing day for me and my family. It’s my wife’s birthday. It’s not a great birthday gift. I didn’t see this coming. But this is ownership’s decision.' Show caption
Associated Press photo by Morry Gash Avery Johnson on his firing as the Brooklyn Nets coach: 'It’s a really disappointing day for me and my family. It’s my wife’s birthday. It’s not a great birthday gift. I didn’t see this coming. But this is ownership’s decision.'

General manager Billy King announced the move Thursday without saying who will be interim coach. The Nets next play at home Friday against Charlotte.

Brooklyn started the season 11-4, winning five in a row to end November. But the team has been in a spiral since and is now 14-14. The Nets lost to Milwaukee 108-93 on Wednesday night. They also have dropped two games to the crosstown Knicks.

Johnson has been the Nets' coach for a little more than two seasons. He went 60-116 with the Nets, who moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn to start the 2012-13 season. Johnson coached the Dallas Mavericks to an appearance in the NBA Finals in 2006.