Alabama head coach Avery Johnson spent 16 seasons in the NBA as a player and another eight seasons as a coach immediately after he hung ’em up. He was an NBA champion in 1999 with the San Antonio Spurs and earned NBA Coach of the Year honors in 2006. Point being, he knows as much about the NBA as anyone.
Johnson’s vast NBA knowledge and past make his endorsement of Tyler Ulis that much more meaningful. After watching Ulis go for 19 points and 10 assists on the Crimson Tide, Johnson said of the Kentucky point guard, “He is a pro. He can play on the professional level. He’s probably better than a lot of guys that are there now. He’s good, man. He can do everything.”
“When I was playing in the NBA there were guys like Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues,” Johnson added. “He is much better than those guys offensively. He’s a pure point guard that can hold his own.”
When told of Johnson’s comments, Ulis said it meant a lot coming from a guy who played and coached in the league.