Dallas Mavericks icon Avery Johnson becomes ESPN Analyst

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Former NBA Coach of the Year and NBA Champion Avery Johnson has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. He has vacillated between the coaching game and the broadcasting game the past few years, but has now decided on the cushy, well paid life of a sports talking head.

Avery Johnson will be on the ESPN NBA studio shows, including NBA Coast 2 Coast and NBA Tonight. Johnson debuts Monday, October 21.

Johnson’s 23 years of NBA experience includes seven as a head coach, highlighted by his Dallas Mavericks reaching the NBA Finals in 2005-06. He most recently coached the Brooklyn Nets. And of course, it didn’t work out so well for anyone involved.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Avery Johnson played 16 seasons as a point guard, from 1988-2004. He was the starting point guard on the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in 1999. So he’s pretty well known as basketball icon in Texas, having made a name for himself with two teams in the league.

Avery Johnson has plenty of broadcasting experience, previously serving as an ESPN NBA analyst from 2008-2010.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook, subscribe to his RSS feed

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