Bama Basketball Coach Avery Johnson Benefits From Working With Nick Saban
Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson says he has benefited from working at the same school as Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.
“Coach Saban laughs all the time and say I’ve met with him more in the last 16 months than the last two coaches combined,” Johnson said. “That’s intentional. I like to pick his brain about things. I like going to their practices and watch him work with the defensive backs every day, just like I work with our point guards. It’s a lot of synergy there. We have a strong relationship.”
Johnson, who led his squad to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth last season, says he doesn’t worry about getting overshadowed by an Alabama football program that has won four of the last seven national championships.
“We’re not trying to be in the shadows of football,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to partner with football, walk side by side and figure out a way that we can leverage their success to help us. I embrace it.”