Re: Avery is underrated
I'm not sure I buy into the Fire Avery agenda, but I'm also unwilling to give him credit when there's not a whole lot of evidence to support it. Dallas fans, right or not, at least have a credible argument against Avery.
2000-2001: 53W-29L (got to western conference semi-finals)
2001-2002: 57W-25L (got to western conference semi-finals)
2002-2003: 60W-22L (got to western conference finals)
2003-2004: 52W-30L (got to playoffs, out first round)
2004-2005: 58W-24L (got to western conference semi-finals)
2005-2006: 60W-22L (first full year with Avery) (got to the finals)
2006-2007: 67W-15L (got to playoffs, out first round)
2007-2008: 44W-25L (might not make playoffs)
I don't mean to rag on Avery. He's done a lot for the team. But don't overrate him. Dallas was doing just as well in the years before he became head coach. In fact, the core group of players that's done so well for him are largely a creation of Don Nelson's.