2014 Coaching Search
2014 Nets Coaching Search
To the basketball world who doesn't know Lionel Hollins all that well, he is thought of as an "old school" coach. One who pushes his players hard, doesn't take any antics from his players, and stresses defense. However, Hollins doesn't see himself as
Lionel Hollins knows what it's like to coach in a small market. Memphis in fact is the NBA's smallest. Now he wants to coach in a big one with a rich owner and as importantly a revenue model where the team can make enough to re-invest in the team.
Gary Washburn, the Boston Globe's NBA writer, profiles Lionel Hollins Sunday and cites a comparison he made between his new team and the team he last coached, the Grizzlies. The Nets, he thinks, are more "versatile," but the Grizzlies "bought in."
In an interview with Lenn Robbins, Lionel Hollins goes far beyond x's and o's, focusing mainly on how he wants his players to become better men. Hollins said he draws a lot from growing up, not knowing his father, losing his mother early in life.
In an interview that apparently took place before Sergey Karasev joined the Nets, Andrei Kirilenko talks about why he came back (New York, New York), the Jason Kidd experiment (" it was very hard") and Lionel Hollins ("great choice by management").
The coaching shake-up continues in NetsLand as Ken Berger reports that Paul Westphal, the former head coach of the Suns and Kings, is finalizing a deal that would make him Lionel Hollins lead assistant. John Welch will also stay on.
In radio interviews the two days, Lionel Hollins has talked a lot about why he likes the Nets head coaching job, but one thing keeps recurring: he has a commitment from Mikhail Prokhorov and Dmitry Razumov that whatever he needs to win, he'll get.
Mirza Teletovic is the first Nets player to talk about the departure of Jason Kidd, telling a Bosnian website that as a professional, "it's up to me to do my job. So it will be in the future." Teletovic added that he's more relaxed this off-season.
Billy King was asked Wednesday about Paul Pierce's status and he said simply, "We're in the middle of negotiating a deal for him." On Tuesday, he said something similar saying he has confidence Pierce wants to return to Brooklyn.