HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

July 22, 2014 Updates

But the former Brooklyn Net and NBA veteran is hardly idle these days, and told the Daily News that he is “looking to coach and get on the other side of it.” Stackhouse said he has emailed new Nets coach Lionel Hollins -- who was hired after Jason Kidd’s abrupt departure and subsequent hiring in Milwaukee -- but Stackhouse also acknowledged that he is likely part of “a long list” of people and coaches looking for a spot on Hollins’ staff. There has been speculation that Stackhouse could land in Wisconsin with Kidd, too. “Probably not with Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said of his future job prospects. “I like Lionel Hollins, and I like Jason Kidd, too. That came about really quickly. But sometimes you need a change of scenery.” New York Daily News

July 20, 2014 Updates

As for Holllins, AK-47 likes the idea of having a veteran coach. "No one knows how we’ll play under Lionel. Maybe better. Maybe worse. But one thing is for sure: Hollins, unlike Kidd, has huge experience as a coach. And he has an excellent understanding of what to do and how to develop the team’s playing." NetsDaily

Hollins has spent the past few weeks trying to find housing in Brooklyn, reaching out to players on the roster, and assembling a staff. “Yes, I was surprised by the fact that it did open,” he said of the Nets job. “It’s not something that you think. But I always say that every year you go through and all the job opportunities fade away and then something happens where somebody decides to resign, or somebody does what happened in the Brooklyn case. It’s not like I was dead to coaching — I’m watching TV, I worked for NBA TV, I worked for NBA Radio, and so I never shut down from looking and thinking about the game and what I would do in certain situations. It just flows. It’s what I do. I just took a break and got some physical and mental rest, but now it’s back into the pressure cooker.” Boston Globe

July 17, 2014 Updates
July 9, 2014 Updates

Asked by Mike Francesa what attracted him to the job, other than it was offered, Hollins responded... "It's like I told Mr. Prokhorov when i taked to him over the phone. the resources he has and his competitive spirit, and his willingness to spend some of those resources to hlep us put the best product we can on the court; being in New York, which is one of the largest markets, and having the ability to entice and attract free agents, and generate revenue to make an owner want to spend money, is all what is necessary to win. I don't think you can go out and buy a championship. I think it has to be earned on the court, but it does help you get assets that can contribute to that winning... "No limitations or restrictions on all the resources that you would need to put the best product on the court. and that's special." NetsDaily

July 8, 2014 Updates

So it was telling that Hollins made it clear on Monday that he has no intentions of currying more influence within the Nets. He’s happy being a coach. “It’s just nice to be able to do your job,” Hollins said, wearing a dark suit with his wife, Angela, beaming in the front row and King by his side. “That’s all I want to do. I’m a basketball coach. I don’t want to do Billy’s job. I don’t want to do anybody else’s job in the organization, but the one I’m hired to do. That’s important to me. I’m very low maintenance.” New York Daily News

Hollins said he hasn’t determined a set style for the Nets but he did offer this: He plans on running more than he did in Memphis. New York Daily News

July 7, 2014 Updates
July 5, 2014 Updates

But now that it’s happened, Plumlee said he is excited for the opportunity to play under new coach Lionel Hollins. “I was very surprised,” he said. “I think everybody was. I know you guys were, I was, but it’s part of it.” “I wish [Kidd] well. I’ve said constantly I had a great time playing for him, I enjoyed him as a coach. But now I’m looking forward to playing for coach Hollins. I haven’t met him yet, but I’m looking forward to that.” New York Post

Peter Vecsey: Henry Bibby, like Westphal, almost sure to join Hollins' staff. NY brings back Jax, '73 title member. BK does same w Bibby? I'd call it even Twitter @PeterVecsey1

July 2, 2014 Updates

Rod Boone: #Nets officially announce they'll introduce Lionel Hollins at a 10:30 a.m. press conference Monday @barclayscenter. In a statement, Hollins said: "Brooklyn has firmly established itself as a franchise that is committed to winning I eagerly look forward to becoming part of that culture and building on the success of the past two playoff appearances.” Twitter @rodboone

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