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Report: Lionel Hollins to interview with Nets

Jun 30, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

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Lionel Hollins quickly emerged as the frontrunner to replace Jason Kidd with the Nets, and the process could move very quickly.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Hollins has emerged as the Nets focus in what could turn out to be a brief coaching search, sources said. He will meet with Nets officials within the next 24-48 hours, sources said.

Hollins had been a strong consideration for the Nets when Kidd had gotten off to a sluggish start to the season and there was discussion about replacing Kidd in late December, sources said.

The Nets should do their due diligence, and that starts with interviewing Hollins. But they should also vet Mark Jackson, George Karl and Ettore Messina – maybe including interviewing them.

It’s important Brooklyn has a coach in time for free agency and summer league, more so the latter with Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston hanging in the balance. It’s more important Brooklyn has the best coach for the upcoming season.

I think that’s probably Hollins, but the Nets should make sure the fit is right before rushing to hire him.

Rushing to start the process, though? That’s the right move.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Kidd didd them a favor by leaving.

    • SBoy - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      If they hire Hollins, Jackson or Karl, it will be an upgrade… (don’t even know the 4th guy mentioned)

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        I’d be an upgrade.

  2. Hard On For Harden - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Was selfishly hoping Hollins wouldn’t find anything so the Rockets could hire him to fill Kelvin Sampson’s vacated defensive coordinator role, but he’s well deserving of this.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Lionel… just bring some really good Russian Vodka to the interview…

    P.S. Then expense it after you’re hired…

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