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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Articles tagged: Lionel Hollins

Report: No Nets players liked Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins was not a popular man in the Brooklyn Nets locker room.

Andy Vasquez of The Record of Bergen County in New Jersey reported on Friday that his sources could not name a single Brooklyn player who liked Hollins. Vasquez’s sources said Nets players felt that the coach was condescending, negative, and vindictive.

Players who questioned Hollins reportedly ended up in the coach’s doghouse. Hollins also allegedly rarely took responsibility for the team’s woes, instead blaming the team and their play.

The team’s attitude toward Hollins – and subsequent change under interim coach Tony Brown – was evident in Thaddeus Young’s quotes after the team’s comeback win over the Knicks on Wednesday.

“When your coach is not panicking and he’s staying positive and he’s continued to motivate us, it’s huge for us as far as an energy standpoint,” Young said. “It makes us want to continue to go out there and continue to play, and it doesn’t keep us thinking about what’s happening before as much.

“Our tendencies before was we were harping on the fact that we were giving up leads and we were harping on the fact that we had some plays where we turned the ball over,” Young continued. “But [Brown’s] mentality is: ‘Forget about what happened before this, and let’s try to make a push and try to win this game.’ That’s huge for us as a team. It says a lot that he believes in us, that he wants us to compete, he believes that we can continue to win the game at any point.”

The Nets fired Hollins on Sunday along with general manager Billy King, and have already begun looking for replacements, though it seems unlikely their top choice will be coming. Given the attitudes in the Brooklyn locker room, perhaps a disciplinarian-type coach like this potential candidate wouldn’t be the best idea.

Nets clean house, fire Lionel Hollins, reassign Billy King

Lionel Hollins

The Brooklyn Nets have made major changes, firing head coach Lionel Hollins and reassigning general manager Billy King to a lesser role within the organization.

Assistant coach Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, with the general manager role remaining vacant until a full-time GM is hired.

“After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that it’s time for a fresh start and a new vision for the direction of the team,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a team statement. “By making this decision now, it enables our organization to use the rest of the season to diligently evaluate candidates with proven track records. It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership. With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching. We have learned a great deal during the past six years and our experiences will guide us for the future. Following the consolidation of team ownership last month, I can assure you that I’m more determined and committed than ever to build a winner.”

King had been the team’s GM since July of 2010. Hollins had accumulated a 48-71 record over a season and a half as Nets coach, taking them to the playoffs last season. The Nets are just 10-27 this season.

The fact is, the Nets have had significant problems building a winner as part of their big rebranding process that included a move to the Barclays Center, and those problems start above the GM. They need a big hire, and it looks like they’re targeting it with the appointment of an interim coach until the offseason. Perhaps they’ll be targeting a certain high-profile collegiate coach during the summer?

Report: Deron Williams had to be restrained from going after coach Lionel Hollins

Deron Williams

The same day Deron Williams reached a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, we learned that the point guard had a major conflict with Nets coach Lionel Hollins.

According to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy, Williams had to be restrained from going after Hollins around the All-Star break:

Williams had two years and $43.3 million remaining on his contract with the Nets but he was able to reach a buyout with them so he could sign with the Mavericks.

At one time considered one of the best point guards in the league along with Chris Paul, Williams struggled with injuries and system fits after signing with the Nets. He was openly mocked by fans for his struggles, and he even admitted a few years ago that he wasn’t the same player since leaving the Utah Jazz.

Between running Jerry Sloan out of town in Utah and this conflict with Hollins, Williams is not helping his reputation as a coach killer. Now it will be interesting to see how Williams handles the Mavericks after his past issues with Mark Cuban.

Lionel Hollins’ job already in question with Nets

Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins’ job as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets already seems to be in jeopardy as the team slides in the standings.

The Nets have gone 2-10 over their past 12 games, including a stretch of seven straight losses, and they’re now ninth in the East with an 18-26 record. Their last two losses, which came by margins of 35 and 39 points, have Nets ownership taking a closer look at Hollins.

ESPN New York says Nets ownership is doing an in-season evaluation regarding the team and “monitoring the situation closely.”

They provided additional information about the situation:

Sources say locker room tensions between the outspoken coach and some of his players are rising as the Nets continue to falter, with sources telling ESPNNewYork.com’s Mike Mazzeo that Hollins’ public criticism of various players this season, such as Lopez and fellow big man Mason Plumlee, has rankled ownership.

The team just lost to the Clippers and Jazz by at least 35 points — of course there is going to be mounting tension! The problem is Hollins is in the first year of a 4-year, $20 million contract, so getting rid of him would be costly.

Plus, they have to look at all factors. It’s no coincidence that the team’s slide coincides with Deron Williams missing games with a rib injury. And all the trade rumors surrounding the team, not to mention the team being up for sale, probably does not help matters.

Remember how they wanted to fire Jason Kidd when the team was off to a slow start because of all the injuries? Yeah, look at how that turned out last year. They need to chill out, wait for Williams to return and see if it gets better. I’m sure it will.

Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Mark Jackson reportedly candidates to be Nets coach

Lionel HollinsJason Kidd is still the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but if he ends up in Milwaukee, it sounds like the Nets already have some replacements in mind.

Lionel Hollins (pictured) and George Karl have been described as serious candidates for the job if Kidd leaves/is traded to the Bucks. Mark Jackson has also been named as a coach being considered for the job.

ESPN described Hollins as a “very serious candidate” for the job. They also say Jackson’s name came up and that the Nets are interested in Karl.

USA Today’s Sam Amick reports that Karl and Hollins would be seriously considered for the job but a source downplayed the likelihood of Jackson being seriously considered.

Hollins and Karl would be excellent coaches for the Nets.

Hollins, 60, went 214-201 over four and a half seasons as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He led them to the playoffs three times, where they won three playoff series. He was fired after the 2012-2013 season despite helping the team reach the conference finals.

Karl, 63, is one of the best and most respected coaches in the profession. He has a career .599 winning percentage and was recently the coach of the Denver Nuggets for nine seasons. He previously coached the Milwaukee Bucks and before that, the Seattle SuperSonics, whom he led to the NBA Finals in ’95-’96.

Neither Hollins nor Karl coached last season after being fired following the previous season. Jackson was fired after the season despite leading the Warriors to their second straight playoff berth. He reportedly had disagreements with the team’s ownership and management.

Kidd did a nice job with the Nets, but it sure seems like he wants out. Either Karl or Hollins would be great replacements.

Lionel Hollins reportedly interested in Lakers job

lionel-hollinsThe Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new coach after Mike D’Antoni was pushed out announced his resignation on Wednesday. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is among a long list of candidates who are interested.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday night that Hollins is interested in the new vacancy. The Lakers would be wise to give him a long look. Hollins decided to leave the Grizzlies last June as a result of differing views with management. The divorce was unexpected after he led the team to a franchise record 56-win season and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals.

The Grizzles were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in that playoff series, but hardly anyone expected them to make it that far. Considering the Lakers won just 27 games this season, Hollins might be the perfect man for the job.

Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless have mixup on bench (Video)

Lionel Hollins Jerryd BaylessMemphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins got into it with point guard Jerryd Bayless in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Bayless entered the game for Tony Allen with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies down 87-79 to the San Antonio Spurs. Hollins pulled Bayless less than a minute later, and shoved him to the bench. He was likely upset with the poor defense Bayless was playing on Tony Parker. It’s unclear what Bayless did to provoke the shove.

Despite the apparent issues between the two, Hollins brought Bayless back in a minute and a half later. Bayless’ defense on Parker did not improve. Tony scored 37 points on 15-21 shooting in the game, leading San Antonio to a 93-86 win and series sweep over the Grizzlies.

Below is a GIF of the incident: