Back in 2000, the craziest thing happened in the franchise of the San Antonio Spurs is when Avery Johnson taking over for a fight inside the locker room. In an article by The Undisputed, a naked Johnson was shouting with his teammates about losing assignment on defense.
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.
The Little General was the model of being unselfish and a leader for the Spurs. Gregg Popovich joked in Johnson’s jersey retirement that he isn’t “talented” but has a tough spirit to overcome adversity.