Story of How A Naked Avery Johnson Broke A TV, Cursed Popovich, While Trying To Fight Malik Rose in 2000
Avery Johnson, who is currently the head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team, was never known as a guy that would fight or cause problems on or off the court during his time as a player in the league.
Your opinion of him may change a bit, however, as a report by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated details a physical altercation that happened back in 2000.
Following a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, an upset Avery Johnson was in the midst of heading to the shower to cool off when he decided to try and smack teammate Malik Rose. That altercation led to him yelling at head coach Gregg Popovich and breaking things in the locker room.
Here’s the full story:
“The Chicago Tribune reported in March 2000 that Spurs guard Avery Johnson was angering teammates with selfish complaining after being benched in several fourth quarters for Terry Porter, who was a better 3-point shooter. During a 92-81 Spurs loss at Cleveland on Feb. 15, 2000, Johnson and teammate Malik Rose argued over a defensive play when Cavaliers guard Andre Miller got a 3-point play.
After the game, a nude Johnson tried to slap Rose in front of his locker while on his way to the shower, a source told The Undefeated. Rose lunged forward to hit Johnson and slipped and fell after stepping into teammate Mario Elie’s bucket of ice. Rose was held back by teammates Felton Spencer and Jerome Kersey. Still nude, Johnson started pacing around the locker room, throwing stuff around and breaking a television while having words for Popovich, Robinson, Rose and Porter about the team no longer being his.”
After nine seasons with the team, Johnson moved on to sign with the Denver Nuggets, but the franchise would later retire his No. 6 jersey after he called it quits.