ESPN has added another name to its roster as NBA pre-season camps open. Avery Johnson has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN that brings him back to the network after having last worked with the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” from 2008-2010. His new deal will put him alongside the NBA’s 2012-2013 Coach of the Year George Karl in the ESPN studios. As with Karl’s new deal, Johnson’s deal with ESPN will see him joining the network as a studio analyst. He will make his debut Monday, October 21st. He will make appearances on SportsCenter, Coast 2 Coast, and NBA Tonight and other programs across ESPN as part of his new deal.
Johnson brings with him to ESPN over twenty years of experience in the NBA. Seven of those years were as a head coach. Most recently, he served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Before that, he took the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals during the 2005-2006 NBA season, and went on to earn the title of NBA Coach of the year that same season. His coaching experience is just part of his extensive resume. He was also a point guard from 1988 – 2004. He served as starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.
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