DETROIT -- Coaching searches have a way of taking a life of their own, the ongoing one at Memphis being a prime example. Once Scott Drew pulled out and Leonard Hamilton expressed his lack of interest, the name that started getting kicked around most often -- at least on talk radio and silly message boards, where some fans hilariously pose as insiders -- belonged to Avery Johnson, which is, well, news to Avery Johnson.
According to a source close to Johnson, there has been no contact between Memphis and the former NBA coach.
As in zero.
And though the source said Johnson might be a good college coach, the reality is that he considers himself an NBA coach, and that's what he plans to be going forward. Bottom line, this was always a far-fetched idea (and not even a good one, long as I'm being honest), but even if Memphis approached Johnson they'd almost certainly be turned away, meaning Johnson is more likely to someday coach the Grizzlies than the Tigers ... and the Grizzlies are probably too cheap to hire him, anyway.
Meantime, don't be surprised if the Memphis search concludes shortly.
Do be surprised if the hire is the "wow" hire Memphis officials promised last week.