Avery Fired; Will Josh Throw Going Away Party?

UPDATE: Just as we posted about Josh Howard’s partying after a Dallas playoff game loss, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported that Avery Johnson has been fired by the Mavericks. Wonder if there will be a going-away party?

Avery Johnson Fired

Ten days after Dallas Maverick Josh Howard (once again) admitted that he had smoked marijuana in the past, Jeff Caplan of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM reports that “A late-night party to celebrate Josh Howard’s 28th birthday after Sunday’s Game 4 loss turned Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson livid and led him to cancel Monday’s practice, two sources confirmed.

Josh Howard Drunk Partying Pisses Off Avery Johnson

“Johnson, who stressed no partying during the series, was informed before Monday’s scheduled practice that Howard handed out fliers to teammates in the locker room before Game 4, inviting them to his party at a Dallas nightclub.”

Not coincidentally, Howard was a flop in the playoff series loss to the New Orleans Hornets, shooting 29% from the field and getting benched in the fourth quarter of the series-ending loss. Read more…