In Friday’s Star-Telegram, I will have a column on Avery Johnson adjusting his coaching style with Jason Kidd on the team. Avery has to go from a guy who jumped off the bench on almost every play to call a play to a coach who needs to trust a point guard who will be in the Hall of Fame.
Dallas assistant coach Paul Westphal said he believes Johnson can make the adjustment because he’s appreciative of Kidd’s superior skills. Here is a quote that I did not use in the column, but it will give you a preview.
“It’s hard to say that he’s been banging his head against the wall because Devin Harris is a good player and Jason Terry is a good point guard,” Westphal said. “But they’re different. Avery would see things that they didn’t see and it would frustrate him.
“There were other ways that they could make the play but they weren’t seeing the game the way that he sees it. He knows that Jason sees the same game that he sees. It’s almost a relief for him to not have the tension of saying ‘How could you not see that?’”
-- Jan Hubbard