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Avery Johnson: ‘Rebuilding was the right move’ for Celtics 10.23.13 at 4:10 pm ET
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While New England is concentrating on the World Series, Avery Johnson will be focused only on Wednesday night’€™s preseason game between the Nets and the Celtics at TD Garden.

Johnson, who coached the Nets for 2½ seasons and was dismissed shortly after the Celtics trounced Brooklyn last Christmas, will be adding a very distinct voice to the ESPN airwaves this season, sharing his insight every Wednesday on “NBA Countdown.”

In a one-on-one interview with WEEI.com, Johnson shared his thoughts on the state of the Celtics, as well as the Nets’ decision to go all-in.

‘€œThis is a totally different year for the Celtics,’€ Johnson said. ‘€œA lot of the pieces that were there last year, those guys are pretty much in the twilight and near the end of their careers. They still had a lot of great basketball in them and can carry a team during the regular season, but that was an aging team.’€

Johnson, known as the ‘€œLittle General’€ during his playing career, believes the Celtics were never the same after Ray Allen‘€™s departure to Miami as a free agent last offseason.

‘€œThe loss of Ray Allen was too much,’€ Johnson said. ‘€œThey never really were able to fill his shoes in terms of the great work he did on the court for the Celtics over the years during their championship runs.’€

Similar to the beginning of his run with the Nets, a team that only won 24 games in 2011, Johnson sees a team in Boston with an uncertain future.

‘€œThis was a team that needed to change,’€ Johnson said. ‘€œObviously we didn’€™t know the change would occur with Doc Rivers not being a part of it, but everything’€™s changed. Now the Celtics have a lot of pieces they’€™re still trying to figure out. They’€™re still working on how they’€™re going to play defensively and offensively, and where they’€™re going, not only now, but in the future.’€

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