Saturday, March 8, 2008

Johnson: Throw away the pacifier

It’s time to get it together and quit with the excuses. That was Avery Johnson’s message to the team, one he left on the white grease board inside the locker room. He hopes the not-so-subtle memo serves as a call to action with a quarter of the regular season left.

Since the Jason Kidd trade, the talk has been about “adjustment” and “incorporating new pieces” and “learning the system” and “extended training camp.” You can go on and on. In so many words, Johnson said: “Enough.” It’s time to get it and start winning.

“We don’t want to keep sucking on that pacifier for the rest of the season,” Johnson said of the multiple excuses.

Johnson added: “At some point, some things are going to start clicking.”

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