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January 13, 2015 Updates

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

January 2, 2015 Updates

The lineup with Brook Lopez and Deron Williams coming off the bench is the Nets’ starting alignment and Lionel Hollins is sticking to it. “That’s the way we’ve been going and we’re gonna continue to go that way,” Hollins said of his first five expected against the Magic Friday in Orlando. New York Post

January 1, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets reserves Brook Lopez and Deron Williams had a really big impact in the team’s most impressive win of the season Tuesday night in Chicago. Lopez scored a season-high 29 points, while the Nets were plus-27 with Williams on the court. But in spite of this, Nets coach Lionel Hollins will continue to bring the $35.7 million tandem of Lopez and Williams off the bench Friday night in Orlando. “I thought Brook played extremely well, and he’s gonna be a big factor in what we do,” Hollins said. “I just like the other lineup.” The other lineup Hollins is referring to contains Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee. That lineup is 4-1 together, and the Nets (15-16) have won five of their past six games overall. ESPN.com

“No,” Lopez responded when asked if his disappointed about staying in a reserve role. “We have lots of starters. We have more than five starters, so it’s no big deal.” ESPN.com

“It’s not a demotion. It really isn’t,” Hollins said during a portion of his answer. “They’re still part of the team. Neither one of them got cut. They both go to the game every day and get paid every two weeks -- and they get paid handsomely. I just think it’s basketball and today’s society gets into, ‘Well, he’s a max player so he’s supposed to get all the minutes and get all the shots. Nobody else can shoot the ball. He shouldn’t even play defense. He shouldn’t even do anything but what he’s good at.’ I think basketball has always been a five-man group balanced, playing together, everybody contributing on offense. ESPN.com

December 31, 2014 Updates

After scoring 29 points to lead the Nets to a 96-82 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 22,032 inside United Center, it might be hard for coach Lionel Hollins to take him back out of it again. “I didn’t know I was going to start tonight,” said Lopez, who finished with those 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting — including going 10-for-14 over the final three quarters. “I was just trying to come out and play aggressive. New York Post

December 30, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins says he has no intention of changing his starting lineup -- even if it means max players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez continue coming off the bench. "This is the Brooklyn Nets," Hollins said defiantly after his team's 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Barclays Center. "Yes, they were starters, but they've been in and out of the lineup. And if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup for now?" ESPN.com

"We're winning, man, so that's all that matters," Williams said. "We have team guys, we're not selfish, we're not bigger than the team. That first group is definitely rocking right now, so let them rock." "It's not that different," Lopez said of playing a reserve role. "I just try to come in and be the same player that I always am." Williams ($19.8 million) and Lopez ($15.7 million) rank in the top 20 among the NBA's highest-paid players. ESPN.com

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