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There’s a worry that the comments, which come on the heels of Brooklyn’s final game of the season in a tight playoff race, could distract the team in a high-pressure situation. But while Johnson and Williams declined to speak with the media prior to the game, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said the comments didn’t faze him. “I don’t really care (about the comments),” Hollins said during his normal media availability before the Nets took on the Orlando Magic. “I wasn’t here. I don’t care. All I can go by is how we are this year, and as I’ve said many many times, the vocal leader of our team early on was (Kevin Garnett), and since he’s left it’s been more of a collective.” The Brooklyn Game

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Here's some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement... "I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he's been able to do that and we've been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year. NetsDaily

Lionel Hollins on what he saw in Markel Brown and when he saw it... "He brought a certain quickness and athleticism that we didnt have on the team, so you noticed it at practice, but consistency is something young players have to develop and he and Cory Jefferson are probably our two most athletic kids on the court. Just before we got to the point (where he started), Markel was really, really consistent every day at practice. Every time I watched him, he was showing something that said, 'I need a chance.' NetsDaily

April 1, 2015 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Lionel Hollins says he doesn't believe in resting players: "I don’t think managing your minutes lengthens your career by one minute." Twitter @SBondyNYDN

March 31, 2015 Updates
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Lionel Hollins has been at odds with Brook Lopez at times this season. But that doesn’t mean he wants a breakup. “I don’t worry about whether he’s going to be a free agent, whether he’s going to be back, or anything like that,” Hollins said. “Obviously I’d like for him to be back. I hope he’s going to be back. But those decisions are not mine, and I don’t worry about it.” The Brooklyn Game

When pressed further about his role in the team’s decision-making process, Hollins grew exasperated. “I just said I want him back. How many damn times do I have to say that? Damn.” Hollins then turned to each individual reporter, repeating the mantra: “I want him back. I want him back. I want him back. Okay, everybody got it? I want him back. I want him back. But it’s still his call.” The Brooklyn Game

March 28, 2015 Updates
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Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King and Coach Lionel Hollins had a strong and sincere message for season ticket holders on Thursday: They are not giving up on this season, and there is a determined, unified commitment to make this team younger, more athletic and more consistent going forward. “I think it’s been a trying year for you guys and all of us," King said on a conference call with Brooklyn Chant members. “I thank you for your support, being there for us. It hasn’t been the year we wanted. We’re still in the playoff battle and trying to get there. “The overall way I look at this is, going forward, we’re going to continue to try and get more athletic." NBA.com

After Evan Roberts noted that the Nets could give up four straight lottery picks (a cheery thought), asked "when is Billy King getting fired," Woj offered up a defense of the Nets GM... Wojnarowski: "In defense of billy King, he did what ownership wanted, which was 'we dont want to build around Derrick Favors and bring in a young nucleus of guys. We want star players, we want veteran guys and we want them now. That's a hard way to win in the NBA. to say we're just going to bring in stars because that's why yuor cap number is so big, your payroll is so enormous. That's a hard way to do it. They wanted a winner instantly." NetsDaily

March 8, 2015 Updates

He was powerless to prevent the Nets from blowing a 15-point lead in the final 5:45 of the fourth quarter, and he was watching from the sideline -- not far from coach Lionel Hollins -- as Jack's last-second shot caromed off the rim. "Just from not even being on the floor, being a decoy, yeah, that was a little different," Johnson said after practice Saturday. " . . . I mean, it may have been a little puzzling, but it wasn't to the point where I was [ticked] or I thought he made a bad decision." Newsday

Fighting through tendinitis in his right knee and left ankle, Johnson simply hasn't been his usual go-to self this season. He's logged 36,546 minutes in 956 games since 2003-04 -- a number second only to LeBron James' 41,916 in 1,053 games -- and it's a challenge to keep himself completely refreshed. "Obviously, a lot of minutes take a toll on you, but we all envisioned this team being pretty deep so guys won't have to log 40, 45 minutes," Johnson said. "And obviously, injuries happen. I had a stretch where I was playing at least 42, 44 minutes a night. It just happens. But it's no gripe on my part. I try to do whatever I can to help this team win, but it takes its toll on you." Newsday

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