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Report: Nets ‘honing in on Lionel Hollins’

May 20, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

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Would the Nets wait to hire a coach until Memphis is eliminated from the playoffs just so they can make a run at Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires after the season? If Scott Skiles is a top alternative, patience could make sense. What’s there to lose?

Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times:

Some NBA officials claim the Nets are honing in on Lionel Hollins, Memphis’ coach whose contract will soon expire. The Nets’ interest in Hollins is hardly surprising, especially considering the terrific job Hollins has done this season.

Hollins is a very good coach who has brought out toughness from the Grizzlies, both offensively and defensively. But Hollins, who criticized the use of advanced stats while working for an organization increasingly reliant on them, hasn’t received a contract extension from Memphis.

Brooklyn might be a better fit. I don’t know precisely how much the Nets rely on statistics to influence their decision-making, but they traded for Joe Johnson and gave Gerald Wallace a big contract. They can’t be taking numbers too seriously.

I kid, I kid.

Really, this could come down to money more than fit, and Brooklyn’s pockets are probably deeper than Memphis’. Hollins deserves every penny he can get, whether that’s with the Nets or after using the Nets as leverage.

  1. money2long - May 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    someone like reggie evans fits memphis’ go hard attitude. how many players do the nets have that lionel hollins can see fitting into what memphis is doing? maybe gerald wallace. and i’d throw d-will in there too. i’m def not looking at brook lopez. he’s good, but not a grind-out/go-hard player.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 21, 2013 at 4:23 AM

      D-will? He is a prima donna

      • money2long - May 21, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        on court game though ? he plays hard. big point guard, who can beat up on the smaller guards. and he’s never played soft in his life. prima donna is another thing. i’d venture to say marc gasol has some of those tendencies a bit then, if you watch how he complains about fouls. but that’s not what i was talking about. i was more focused on the players’ style of play. not personalities.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Fair enough about style of play. But since I brought up peronality, this is basically what I think. D-will is known to be a malcontent. He got jerry sloan to quit. The way he deals with his teammates and coaches is nothing like marc gasol. They couldn’t be more different. I just don’t think Deron Williams is a guy I would want to go in to battle with. He also sucked for a lot of the last 2 years. He did finish the season strong tthough

      • money2long - May 21, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        yeah, i hear you. the idea here is dwill is a big guy, who can play a rugged game if need be. and that fits memphis dirty-work game. he’s not soft, like i said.

  2. cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I love Lionel Hollins as our coach. He is a hard nose no nonsense coach, exactly what we need. Being that King gave away all our flexibility in the Wallace trade (which I continue to say we should have kept pick number 6 and took Harrison Barnes) we are stuck with this team as is pretty much. So our only way to compete is adding a coach just like coach Hollins.

  3. andrewproughcfe - May 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I would enjoy watching Hollins cussing out Kris Humphries for a season. That could be highly entertaining.

  4. adoombray - May 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Lionel Hollins isn’t going anywhere. It’s time to retire that storyline with “Will D. Rose come back?”. Hollins has about as much chance of leaving Memphis as Scott Brooks had after the finals run last year in OKC – it’s not happening, the team is too good, and while bad teams might fire a mediocre coach to placate a star, the number of good coaches in any level of basketball is in the single digits and teams don’t let them slip away especially not when they are starting to reach their potential.

    • Kevin S. - May 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      He’s not under contract. If Prokhorov gives Hollins a godfather offer, can Memphis afford to match?

    • cmehustle - May 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      If thats true than why hasnt there been any talk at all of an extension?? He is a free agent coach with a brand new GM (John Hollinger) who believes whole heartedly in the money ball thing. Lionel Hollins is an old school coach who has said on record he does not agree with the money ball thing. Doesn’t exactly sound like a match made in heaven.

  5. newyorkfootballjets - May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Nobody wants to coach that roster , especially not with coach killer on it (d. will)

  6. casualcommenter - May 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Well, if I recall (not a Nets fan, so I could be wrong), even Nets players like Deron Williams and Brook Lopez openly said after their round 1 loss that they need a more strict coach to come in and get guys to shape up. Hollins certainly would fit the bill. At the very least, he would improve the Nets defense, which is a must.

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