Lionel Hollins Rumors
Billy King and Lionel Hollins were in South Africa and are headed out on much-delayed vacations. It would appear from that and from Mikhail Prokhorov’s video that the Nets are done other than some training camp invites. They have 17 players under contract, including Earl Clark who reportedly would like the Nets to waive him so he can move on, perhaps overseas.
Lionel Hollins attempted to get through to Williams; an NBA source confirmed a New York Daily News report that one such session resulted in Williams needing to be physically restrained from going after Hollins. To be fair, Hollins didn’t cover himself with glory, as his pep talk consisted of bluntly laying out all the reasons Williams had tumbled from the top of the point guard crop, according to sources familiar with the confrontation. The thin-skinned Williams couldn’t handle it.
In came Lionel Hollins, who by the All-Star break determined he couldn’t win with Williams at point guard, according to sources. Williams wasn’t the only player not to see eye-to-eye with the no-nonsense Hollins. However, making matters worse was that some teammates had grown tired of the unpredictable Williams, too.
Growing up, Hollins had no suits in his closet. So when he donated his own 10 fine suits to Men’s Wearhouse, the chain hosting the campaign, it was personal. The brand is aiming to collect 250,000 items of men’s and women’s gently used professional clothing to help unemployed workers dress sharply and ace job interviews. “I was fortunate to go to college and make it to the NBA,” Hollins told John Aidan Byrne. “I don’t need these suits anymore, but somebody does. I am inspired by the Bible verse, ‘To whom much is given, much more is required.’ ”
Lionel Hollins said Kaminsky’s versatility also serves him well, noting how Kaminsky has the abilities to play center and power forward. “I think he’ll be a little of both, a four and a five,’’ Hollins said. “He’s probably going to be a little bit like Pau Gasol (of the Chicago Bulls), where he’s more of a four than a five. But against the right teams, he’ll be able to play five. Having a big guy who can step out and make shots opens the court for your other guys to penetrate and post up. And, when you’re in pick-and-rolls, he can create problems. You can run pick-and-rolls with the other bigs and he can either pop or roll. I think Kaminsky’s game certainly translates well to our game. Now it’s a matter of how much will he has and toughness he has to deal with the grind that is the NBA.’’
All the current signals suggest the Nets are going forward with King in control of basketball operations — with heavy input from Prokhorov aide Dmitry Razumov and with or without a contract extension — and Hollins on the bench.