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Former NBA star Avery Johnson in the mix for Bama job

Avery Johnson to be interviewed by Alabama. (Photo via NBA)
Avery Johnson to be interviewed by Alabama. (Photo via NBA)

After missing out on Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Alabama seems to have found another candidate for its men’s basketball team.

Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is reportedly in Dallas to meet with former Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first reported the news.

As a coach, Johnson led the Mavericks to the team’s first NBA Finals appearance in 2006 and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2006. Johnson also led the Mavericks to four consecutive seasons with 50 wins or more. He has been an NBA analyst on ESPN since being fired from the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.

Before ending his playing career in 2004, Johnson played in the NBA for 16 seasons for six different teams. His longest stint with a team was in San Antonio from 1994-2001 where he helped the Spurs win the 1999 NBA Championship.

Johnson brings a notable name with years of experience in the NBA as a player and a coach, but he has never coached in college.

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