SEC Network host Paul Finebaum revealed today that he heard at NBA All-Star Weekend that an SEC head coach had been putting out “feelers” to the league about possibly leaving the college ranks for the pros.
Finebaum explained there is anxiety within Alabama’s men’s basketball program regarding head coach Avery Johnson and his future with the team.
The SEC Network host shared his thoughts during an appearance on WJOX.
“There is an anxiety connected to (Johnson). I’ll say this — and I don’t think this is going to happen but I think the fact that it was even discussed means there is a little uncertainty among some people where I am here at NBA All-Star Weekend — there was talk that Avery’s people had put out some feelers with the New Orleans team about the vacancy at the GM position,” Finebaum said.
“I’m hearing from the NBA side that will likely not happen but the fact the conversation at least at a high altitude we even being thrown up means something. I’m not one normally to just throw stuff around but I don’t think this is an ideal situation when you juxtapose today versus a year ago when this team was rolling along toward a really nice, at least they thought, NCAA seed and then they got sidetracked and had to hit the shot to get into the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis.
“I don’t think it’s at a Defcon level but there is a lot of uneasiness.”
Johnson, 53, has been at Alabama since 2015.
The Crimson Tide are 15-10 this season, No. 6 in the SEC.