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January 26, 2015 Updates

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

January 12, 2015 Updates

Quincy Pondexter: Memphis, I will always Love you!!!! Fighting back tears right now. No lie, This is tough to come to grips with... I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the entire Memphis Grizzlies organization and the fans that have supported me since day 1. These last few years have truly been a blessing that I will always cherish forever. We made a lot of history together! I gave you guys my all and will always consider Memphis home and family! I want to give a special thanks to Lionel Hollins, Chris Wallace, and especially one of the best owners in sports, Robert Pera, for giving me a chance and believing in me from the beginning. To my teammates, I will miss you, fellas! Still rooting for all of you and believe you guys truly are a championship caliber team. From everyone in the arena, to the community, and the kids and staff at St Jude, I love and will miss you all ... And finally to New Orleans. I'M BACKKKK!!! We have work to do! This team can be special.. These tears just turned into tears of Joy. #Proverbs3:5-7 #NOLA #Pelicans #TAKEFLIGHT http://instagram.com/p/xxjdaYmlyG/ Instagram

January 10, 2015 Updates
January 7, 2015 Updates

Mannix said that the Nets were looking to "make some kind of move," then mentioning, however, that the team does want to stay in playoff contention this season. He also goes on to applaud coach Lionel Hollins for benching both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, in favor of Jarrett Jack and Mason Plumlee, respectively. NetsDaily

After Lionel Hollins was asked multiple times and in multiple ways about the pairing of Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, the blunt and honest head coach gave a blunt and honest assessment of the way they have played as a tandem this season. “Let me put it this way: I hope they play better together,” Hollins said before the Nets lost to the Mavericks 96-88 in overtime Monday night. “The numbers have shown they haven’t played well together. Our plus-minus numbers are down, our defensive numbers are down, everything when they’re on the court together is not very good for that combination, but it’s also not very good for Jarrett [Jack] and Deron [Williams]. “It’s not nothing new. Seeing them on the court now, I’m not looking for what they don’t do, I’m looking for them to play well so we can possibly win the game.” New York Post

January 3, 2015 Updates

But after Bogdanovic started the first 19 games, his playing time has gradually been reduced over the last few weeks, with coach Lionel Hollins demoting him from the starting five in favor of Sergey Karasev. It got to the point Bogdanovic received the first DNP-coach’s decision of his career in Friday’s 100-98 win over the Magic. “It’s not about what [Bogdanovic has] done, it’s about what he’s not done,” Hollins said before the game. “You’ve got to play and compete and go out and play well. Karasev has shown me a lot in practice. We were struggling, I gave him a shot and he played well. … I put him in the starting lineup and he’s played well. “It’s also a product of [Bogdanovic] just hitting the wall and not being aggressive.” New York Post

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