Avery Johnson Re-Visits Barclays Center Site
October 27, 2011
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—On Wednesday, Nets coach Avery Johnson took his basketball operations staff out to lunch at ReBar in Brooklyn before joining them on a tour of the Barclays Center construction site. It was his second trip to the site, following an excursion in May, and his first since interior walls began to go up in the Nets' "basketball campus." Johnson is pictured below in the future site of his office.
NJNets.com: Avery, you last visited the Barclays Center site back in May. What do you think of the advancements made during the summer and fall?
Avery Johnson: The progress is just incredible. The building has really been transformed since the last time I’ve been here – the roof is going up now! The thing that I’m really excited about is, I just had the chance to see the players’ locker rooms, our coaches’ offices, Tim Walsh’s training rooms, the weight-training area, my assistant coaches’ offices, the media room, the practice court. I’m just really excited to be out here today.
NJNets.com: Having toured those interior areas (iPad in hand!), were you better able to envision them now that they're walled in?
Avery Johnson: I am, because it’s framed out a little bit more. I know how we’re going to get to and from the court. I know how the enemy – called ‘the visiting team’ – is going to get to and from the ourt. I saw how the buses are going to come down and unload teams, that whole process. I saw where Mikhail Prokhorov is going to be sitting, where Jay-Z is going to be sitting, where our Courtside Club members, are going to be entertained at halftime and how that’s going to work.
NJNets.com: As the arena continues to develop, to what degree do you feel the input of basketball operations has been taken into account?
Avery Johnson: We’ve gotten the results. We’ve worked really hard with Milton Lee, with Billy King, with ownership and Brett Yormark and Leo Ehrline and everybody. It’s been a collaborative effort.
NJNets.com: How have you been keeping busy during the lockout?
Avery Johnson: Just meeting on and off with our coaching staff, visiting a lot of schools, spending a lot of time with my family, watching NBA classic games, ha. Staying active in the community, but with an eye on the season, still preparing and getting ready. Having the opportunity to come to the Barclays here was a breath of fresh air.
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