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“I didn’t know what to expect,” Hollins said of what he envisioned when he was hired this summer. “I thought we would be better. I didn’t know when. “We have some deficiencies. The rebounding one is huge, and defensively, the quickness against most teams is huge. And just being able to execute and play at a tempo that keeps us in games versus letting the other team having their way of playing — that’s important, too. New York Post

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On Monday night, Prince Williams and Duchess Kate attended the Barclays Center to watch the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and while there was plenty of extra security for their presence, Nets coach Lionel Hollins told the media before the game that he was not impressed with the fact that the Royal Family was in the building. "I don't like answering those questions," Hollins said when asked if he thought it was "cool" that William and Kate were going to be in attendance. "What does it mean to me," he asked, "or to any normal person?" "I wouldn't be crazy even if the Pope came over...unless I was Catholic," he added. NetsDaily

"Every day we come in contact -- when I walk down the street I see celebrities all the time. I mean, they're just people that everybody sees on TV. Does that make them better people? They have more money than you, does that make them better people?" "It doesn't make them better than you," Hollins said before adding,"I know a lot of people with money that I wouldn't want to hang with." "It's nice. They serve their purpose for their country, and they do what they do. If they came in and said they wanted to meet me, I'd be honored. But if they don't," he went on, "no sweat." NetsDaily

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In a surprise, Andrei Kirilenko will return to Nets practice Monday, a team insider tells NetsDaily. AK-47 took leave to attend to "family matter" 10 days ago and has been at home since. The Nets are reportedly seeking to trade Kirilenko after Lionel Hollins said he didn't see a place for him on team. Kirilenko, 33, is in the final year of his two year deal with the Nets, earning $3.3 million. The news that he will return to practice comes two days after Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets might have to wait until AK-47's family matter is resolved before dealing him. NetsDaily

A day after his coach challenged him to play better, Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee was asked about Lionel Hollins’ critique of his game. “It’s whatever. That’s my quote,” Plumlee replied, shaking his head following Saturday’s practice. ESPN.com

Much was expected of Plumlee in his second NBA season after the strong summer he had, winning gold at the FIBA World Cup as a member of Team USA. But he’s struggled early on and has recently been lifted from the rotation in favor of Jerome Jordan. “Well, it’s been tough. Playing some minutes is tough,” Plumlee said. “You get used to playing 20-25 minutes -- that stretch at the end of [last] season, I got real comfortable getting a lot of minutes. I’m back to playing a minute here, two minutes there, and you just have to build trust with the new staff.” ESPN.com

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This season the 25-year-old rookie from Croatia is shooting 54.7 percent overall and 44.1 percent from 3-point range in Brooklyn, and just 26.4 percent overall and 19.2 percent from beyond the arc away from home. Bogdavoic and the Nets will hope a return home this week will turn his game around beginning Sunday at the Barclays Center. “Sounds like a rookie,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “Sounds like a rookie. He’s more comfortable playing in Brooklyn, more comfortable playing in front of the home crowd, and when you go on the road it’s new. Every arena he walks into his new, and it’s just part of the growing process. He’ll get better.” New York Post

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A day after his coach challenged him to play better, Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee was asked about Lionel Hollins’ critique of his game. “It’s whatever. That’s my quote,” Plumlee replied, shaking his head following Saturday’s practice. Much was expected of Plumlee in his second NBA season after the strong summer he had, winning gold at the FIBA World Cup as a member of Team USA. But he’s struggled early on, and has recently been lifted from the rotation in favor of Jerome Jordan. ESPN.com

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Lionel Hollins has offered pointed critiques of Brook Lopez’s game before, as have other Nets coaches before him. But after the Brooklyn center got outplayed badly in San Antonio and benched for yet another fourth quarter, Hollins’ latest critique raised eyebrows because it was as complete as it was damning. “[He’s] the same Brook. He can score,’’ Hollins said Monday, before adding, “He needs to be better defensively, he needs to be better rebounding, he needs to be better passing the ball to his teammates.’’ New York Post

“If you saw, if you had been able to see practice today, you would’ve seen some really nice passes. It’s just being aware and trusting that your teammates are going to make plays, and understanding the game better,’’ said Hollins, who insists it’s not impossible for Lopez to make those improvements. “There’s people that come into this league and their whole life they’re only asked to do one thing. And when you get to this level it takes a little more to win. I’m trying to ask him to do those things.’’ New York Post

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Ohm Youngmisuk: Lionel Hollins says he's disappointed Nets didn't scrap for 48 mins. Says when adversity hits, guys tend to stray from playing like a team Twitter @NotoriousOHM

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