Lionel Hollins Rumors
They have emerged as menaces this season, forcing turnovers on a higher percentage of possessions than any team in the league — and, actually, any team in almost 20 years. “They started building this team a couple years ago,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said before Boston smacked his team by 25 points. “They’re really quick. They defend. They force turnovers. I think they’re No. 1 in steals. No. 1 in forcing turnovers. No. 1 in points off those turnovers. They thrive with their quickness and getting their hands on balls, and running down (the court).”
Hollins said he understood and considers the matter closed. “Put it this way: Sergey’s father is a father. I’m a father. I had sons that played basketball. I had a daughter that played basketball. We all want our kids to be first position,’’ Hollins said. “So he has his opinion, and I understand where he’s coming from as a father. But it’s just that: His opinion.’’ And, according to Hollins, opinions are easy to find, especially when a team is 2-10.
Mike Mazzeo: Is Nets coach Lionel Hollins in jeopardy of losing his job with the team off to an 0-7 start? “Not right now, no,” GM Billy King said. “Shoot, I’m in the last year of my deal, too. And that’s why I think I said before it’s not just Lionel. We’re all in this together.”