*Avery Johnson is set to become the new coach of the NBA’s worst team – the New Jersey Nets.
The current ESPN basketball analyst confirmed Wednesday that he made a verbal commitment to coach the team, and that the Nets will formally announce the deal sometime today, reports the AP.
Johnson coached Dallas for three-plus seasons, going 194-70 in the regular season and 23-24 in the playoffs. He guided the Mavs to the NBA finals in 2006, but was fired after a first-round playoff series loss to New Orleans in 2008.
Johnson will take over a team that posted a league worst 12-70 record and set a league-record opening the season with 18 straight losses. The sluggish start led to the firing of coach Lawrence Frank after 16 games. Outgoing general manager Kiki Vandeweghe served as the interim coach for the majority of the franchise’s worst season and only the fifth 70-loss season in NBA history.
The Nets will be moving to the Prudential Center in Newark for the next two years before permanently moving to their new arena, the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2012.