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Lionel Hollins is not impressed with the Royal Family

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BROOKLYN -- On Monday night, Prince Williams and Duchess Kate attended the Barclays Center to watch the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and while there was plenty of extra security for their presence, Nets coach Lionel Hollins told the media before the game that he was not impressed with the fact that the Royal Family was in the building.

"I don't like answering those questions," Hollins said when asked if he thought it was "cool" that William and Kate were going to be in attendance. "What does it mean to me," he asked, "or to any normal person?"

"I wouldn't be crazy even if the Pope came over...unless I was Catholic," he added.

Hollins was later asked if there was anyone he'd be impressed seeing. Hollins said, simply, "I'm not impressed by people."

"Every day we come in contact -- when I walk down the street I see celebrities all the time. I mean, they're just people that everybody sees on TV. Does that make them better people? They have more money than you, does that make them better people?"

"It doesn't make them better than you," Hollins said before adding,"I know a lot of people with money that I wouldn't want to hang with."

"It's nice. They serve their purpose for their country, and they do what they do. If they came in and said they wanted to meet me, I'd be honored. But if they don't," he went on, "no sweat."

Hollins did say, of course, that he was more concerned with what was happening on the basketball court -- beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers.