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April 1, 2015 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Lionel Hollins says he doesn't believe in resting players: "I don’t think managing your minutes lengthens your career by one minute." Twitter @SBondyNYDN

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Lionel Hollins has been at odds with Brook Lopez at times this season. But that doesn’t mean he wants a breakup. “I don’t worry about whether he’s going to be a free agent, whether he’s going to be back, or anything like that,” Hollins said. “Obviously I’d like for him to be back. I hope he’s going to be back. But those decisions are not mine, and I don’t worry about it.” The Brooklyn Game

When pressed further about his role in the team’s decision-making process, Hollins grew exasperated. “I just said I want him back. How many damn times do I have to say that? Damn.” Hollins then turned to each individual reporter, repeating the mantra: “I want him back. I want him back. I want him back. Okay, everybody got it? I want him back. I want him back. But it’s still his call.” The Brooklyn Game

March 28, 2015 Updates
March 13, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King and Coach Lionel Hollins had a strong and sincere message for season ticket holders on Thursday: They are not giving up on this season, and there is a determined, unified commitment to make this team younger, more athletic and more consistent going forward. “I think it’s been a trying year for you guys and all of us," King said on a conference call with Brooklyn Chant members. “I thank you for your support, being there for us. It hasn’t been the year we wanted. We’re still in the playoff battle and trying to get there. “The overall way I look at this is, going forward, we’re going to continue to try and get more athletic." NBA.com

After Evan Roberts noted that the Nets could give up four straight lottery picks (a cheery thought), asked "when is Billy King getting fired," Woj offered up a defense of the Nets GM... Wojnarowski: "In defense of billy King, he did what ownership wanted, which was 'we dont want to build around Derrick Favors and bring in a young nucleus of guys. We want star players, we want veteran guys and we want them now. That's a hard way to win in the NBA. to say we're just going to bring in stars because that's why yuor cap number is so big, your payroll is so enormous. That's a hard way to do it. They wanted a winner instantly." NetsDaily

March 8, 2015 Updates

He was powerless to prevent the Nets from blowing a 15-point lead in the final 5:45 of the fourth quarter, and he was watching from the sideline -- not far from coach Lionel Hollins -- as Jack's last-second shot caromed off the rim. "Just from not even being on the floor, being a decoy, yeah, that was a little different," Johnson said after practice Saturday. " . . . I mean, it may have been a little puzzling, but it wasn't to the point where I was [ticked] or I thought he made a bad decision." Newsday

Fighting through tendinitis in his right knee and left ankle, Johnson simply hasn't been his usual go-to self this season. He's logged 36,546 minutes in 956 games since 2003-04 -- a number second only to LeBron James' 41,916 in 1,053 games -- and it's a challenge to keep himself completely refreshed. "Obviously, a lot of minutes take a toll on you, but we all envisioned this team being pretty deep so guys won't have to log 40, 45 minutes," Johnson said. "And obviously, injuries happen. I had a stretch where I was playing at least 42, 44 minutes a night. It just happens. But it's no gripe on my part. I try to do whatever I can to help this team win, but it takes its toll on you." Newsday

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February 11, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins joked with reporters on Tuesday that they should get their phone cameras ready, as he was "probably going to cry" in his return to Memphis. The Grizzlies organization honored the man who started the grit-and-grind era with a video tribute before tipoff. Hollins kept his composure while being welcomed back, which was surely not an easy task. He spent 15 years with the franchise, in both Vancouver and Memphis, and he remained in the city last season after he was replaced by Dave Joerger. CBSSports.com

February 10, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins recently stated, unprompted, that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should name Garnett to the all-star team this weekend in New York in recognition for what he’s done to revolutionize the game and carry the league for two decades. Garnett, who hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll retire after this season, brushed off reporters when asked about the possibility, since he has grown weary of people making note of his past accomplishments and treating what once was routine for him – like dunking – as something special. He’s got no time for sympathy or praise. Washington Post

“I’m sure he doesn’t want it,” Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders said, when asked about Garnett going through this season without much applause. “I think part of it is, he’s in Brooklyn. People don’t identify him with Brooklyn. You see the people that go out, they’re with a team that somebody can identify with. Tim Duncan in San Antonio. I think Kevin, if he was in Boston or Minnesota, he’d probably have more of that.” Washington Post

February 6, 2015 Updates

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