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February 6, 2015 Updates

King was adamant that the reports that first-year coach Lionel Hollins' job is in jeopardy are absolutely false. "I don't know where that story came from about Lionel, but it's not true," King said. ESPN.com

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Nets coach Lionel Hollins wanted to make a point about facing up to and fighting through adversity when he was asked if he ever changed his approach during a bad stretch. But he took his analogies to the extreme. “Do you change your approach when life doesn’t go the way you want it? There’s some people that change their approach, they go kill themselves,” Hollins said Thursday in East Rutherford. The coach apparently realized immediately that suicidal references were way over the top and tried to explain his point. “But we’re trying to compete and play. I’m not trying to equate basketball with death — life and death. But still, there’s adversity and you have to fight through it,” Hollins said before giving another life-lesson analogy that went a tad too far. New York Post

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In fact, a pair of recent reports have cast doubt on whether Hollins and Johnson will still be with the team when the snow subsides. The Nets’ brass is prepared to “evaluate” Hollins, according to a report from ESPN. Johnson, meanwhile, was being discussed in trade talks with the Charlotte Hornets, who were offering a package including Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson, swingman Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. But according to a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking, the report about Hollins was untrue and the trade talks with the Hornets had ended. Still, the two teams could reignite negotiations closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. In fact, the Hornets have discussed sending Stephenson to Brooklyn no fewer than three times since signing him to a three-year, $27 million deal last summer, according to the source. Wall Street Journal

The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about the team's recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources. ‎The Nets lost consecutive road games last week to the Los Angeles Clippers ‎and Utah Jazz by 39 and 35 points, respect‎ively, sparking concern within the organization about whether Hollins' message is getting through. It's just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has lost back-to-back games by 35 points or more. ESPN.com

Nets ownership, sources said, is monitoring the situation closely, with Brooklyn having just fallen out of the East's top eight thanks to a 2-10 slide that coincides with ‎the franchise being up for sale. ESPN.com

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 ESPNNY.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. ESPN.com

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A report surfaced yesterday indicating the Nets are still talking to teams about Brook Lopez and the Heat has shown strong interest. Lionel Hollins doesn't believe he needs to address it with his players. "I don't really get into the trade talks or even talk to them about that," the Nets coach said. "I just say that no matter where you are, you have to give all you have until you are not there anymore because that's the business that we are in. When there's rumors about a coach getting fired, he can't quit coaching until he's not the coach anymore, and it's the same way when there's rumors about trades. "You can't quit playing because rumors don't always come true." Newsday

January 13, 2015 Updates

Garnett was clearly the aggressor, but the Nets — specifically Joe Johnson — expressed surprise that Howard wasn’t also ejected. “They said it didn’t look like Howard threw a punch, that it was an open-hand punch, wasn’t much of a punch,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “It doesn’t matter whether I do (agree with Howard not being ejected) or not. That was the decision that was made and we have to live with it.” New York Daily News

As the Nets have struggled all season with their shooting, it seems they have failed to develop an offensive identity. Coach Lionel Hollins painted a grim picture before Monday’s 113-99 home loss to Houston. “We have established an identity: We don’t make shots,” Hollins said. “That is our identity. If you don’t make shots, that’s a part of who you are. We have to become a team that makes shots consistently. We have guys who have been great shooters or good shooters throughout their careers wherever they played.” New York Daily News

When Hollins, who took last season off after his contract wasn’t renewed by Memphis, found himself without a head-coaching opportunity, he contemplated a return to the bench as an assistant. One of the head coaches he spoke with was his Monday night counterpart, Kevin McHale. Talks weren’t extensive and he was never offered a spot on McHale’s staff according to Hollins, who just wanted to be back in the NBA. It was more of an exchange of philosophies. New York Daily News

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