Lionel Hollins was on SiriusXM NBA on Monday and spoke about what's been seeing as his players work out in East Rutherford before training camp. He talked about Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, and the team's "credo" going into next week ... and the season. Mike Mazzeo took a listen.
On Lopez, Hollins sees a different player, one ready to lead....
As for reports that Joe Johnson, the NBA's second highest player, is in decline, Hollins admitted he may not be an All-Star, but he's still someone who can't be dismissed.
Also in Lionel-Sirius interview #Nets coach said while Joe Johnson may not be an All-Star level player, still a "force" teams gameplan for— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) September 21, 2015
As for his coaching style, Hollins said some get it, some don't.
Do the guys get Lionel now? "It's not that people don't get me or do get me. It's whether they want to accept me." #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) September 21, 2015
The coach's message, as always, is team.
Lionel's big message: team over individual player. Get used to that credo. It sounds good -- if it works. But if not ... #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) September 21, 2015
Finally, the coach talked about his big achievement in the off-season.
Joe Johnson joked to skinnier Lionel Hollins over the summer: "What happened to you? Where are you?" Hollins lost 22 pounds #Nets via Sirius— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) September 21, 2015
Hollins has one advantage over last season: More than half the 19-man roster has experience playing for him, now what to expect from day one: the seven players returning from last year's team plus three guys who played for him, as either assistant or head coach in Memphis. That's Dahntay Jones, Wayne Ellington and Willie Reed.