Over the past few weeks ago, the Alabama Crimson Tide whirlwind of an off-season has swirled at an all-time high when they fired former head coach Anthony Grant due to his inability to elevate the program into the top tier.
Finally, after an extended search, the Crimson Tide made the splash they had been hoping for reportedly hiring former NBA head coach Avery Johnson.
Avery Johnson has agreed in principle to becoming the next head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide after being out of the game for the past three seasons. The former NBA coach of the year and 16-year veteran worked as ESPN analyst, however, his desire to man the sideline returned this off-season.
The Crimson Tide originally had offered the gig to Whichita State’s head coach Greg Marshall, but Marshall instead decided to remain with the Shockers.
It remains unclear exactly how Avery Johnson entered the picture, but nonetheless the program adds a major name for a role that hasn’t produced an NCAA Tournament berth since 2007.
Alabama made a similar move to the cross-state rival Auburn Tigers, who hired Bruce Pearl last season, and the Tide hopes to see equal dividends in Johnson’s first season.
Johnson brings instant credibility to the program and has the necessary professional experience to persuade recruits to join the Tide. At the ripe age of 50, Johnson’s mind is fresh and ready to reconstruct Alabama into one of the NCAA’s top basketball institutions.
Still, it’ll be up to Johnson to win the southern recruiting wars while adding some of the nation’s elite prospects.
With such a short turnover until next season, Avery Johnson must find a way to win with Grant’s recruits and the hunt for the postseason begins immediately.
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