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January 26, 2011

Nets coach is second-to-last in the standings, but standing tall with God

The Brooklyn Paper
by Gary Buiso

We'll save Norman Oder the trouble, and point out that while the Brooklyn Paper devotes ink to the preaching of the Nets' coach, it continues to ignore the Atlantic Yards EB-5 scam.

Praise the Lord and pass the roundball!

New Jersey Nets head man Avery Johnson delivered an impassioned sermon to an enthusiastic crowd at a Crown Heights church on Tuesday night, quoting from Proverbs and preaching about life — and predicting “pandemonium” when the team finally moves to Brooklyn.

“Have your applications ready,” Johnson advised the mostly black crowd at the First Baptist Church. “We’re bringing jobs, we’re bringing hope and excitement to Brooklyn!”

Avery’s squad barely has a prayer in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, where it has posted a 13-32 record — good for the less-than-inspirational second-to-last place.

“Everyone is telling me to keep my head up,” he said. “I’m not looking at New Jersey — I’ve got my eyes on Brooklyn!” he said to cheers.

The talk was organized by the Mighty Men of Valor, a ministry at the church, which is led by the father of former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman Jr.


NoLandGrab: Given the Nets' record, it's pretty obvious Johnson has taken his eye off New Jersey. So he might want to pray that he's still the coach should the Nets ever make it to Brooklyn.

Posted by eric at January 26, 2011 10:59 AM