Lionel Hollins was introduced as the Brooklyn Nets head coach this morning. Here are the highlights, with a hat tip to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post for the quotes.
Hollins is of course taking over for Jason Kidd, who made a failed power play at a front office job in Brooklyn and subsequently left to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. There was a lot of friction between Kidd and Nets general manager Billy King. Hollins seems to know his role in Brooklyn and does not want a repeat of what happened with Kidd, stating, “I don’t want to do Billy’s job.”
Hollins called himself very low maintenance and seemed to want everyone to know that who the Nets hired was the opposite of Jason Kidd, which is music to management’s ears. He also told the press that he’s yet to speak with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett is pondering retirement and Pierce is exploring the open market. The departure of one or two of these veterans would change the outlook for Hollins’ team next season.
He was also very engaging with the media, telling them, “You guys will be telling me what to do, and I know that. But I won’t be listening.” Hollins has a point. He knows what he’s doing on the bench. In his last season in Memphis, he guided the team to 56 wins and a Western Conference Finals appearance. But differences with the front office and management led to his departure there.
So, the Nets are hoping to find some stability, and Hollins is trying to repair his own image as well. In some strange way, this seems like a perfect fit, for now.
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