Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rod Thorn figured he better gobble up Avery Johnson before somebody else did.
The Nets announced Thursday what Johnson himself made public a day earlier on ESPN, that he had agreed to a three-year deal, reportedly worth between $11-$12 million, to become the first coach of the Mikhail Prokhorov Era.
“In thinking long and hard about it I just felt Avery was a good fit for us,” Thorn, the Nets president, said Thursday in a conference call. “If we were going to go down the path to try to sign Avery, that we better get moving, because there are other teams that had some interest and my feeling was we didn’t want to lose out in getting him if he were in fact interested in doing it. So I decided to act.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.