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It’s official: Lionel Hollins is the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets

Jul 2, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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Coming out of the entire “Jason Kidd Era” the Brooklyn Nets have upgraded the coaching position.

Brooklyn has reached an “agreement in principle” to hire Lionel Hollins as the next head coach of the Nets, the team announced.

This was was expected, the only question was years and money, and that is four years, $18 million (with the fourth year a team option), according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Hollins had interviewed recently with the Lakers (as well as for numerous coaching jobs in the past year).

The last time we say Hollins he was coaching the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals, after which he was unceremoniously dumped by the Memphis front office (which had its own shake up after last season). He can coach and the Grizzlies improved under him each year.

After all the change in the Nets organization and roster, Hollins brings the promise of stability. He is an old-school coach — how he gets along with the New York media should be entertaining to watch — but the players will know what they have and where they stand with him.

The question now is how this impacts Paul Pierce’s free agency decision. The Nets want him back but the Clippers (and his former Boston coach Doc Rivers) want to make a run at him, as do some other contenders, possibly including the Heat. If Pierce doesn’t return to Brooklyn Kevin Garnett is not expected to.

  1. marbulz - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    As long as he doesn’t Spill drinks by accident or on purpose everything will be fine LOL

  2. rexgrossman8 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Good for him. Hope he does well.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    This sucks. Was hoping he’d come to the Lakers.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Lol…Lakers still haven’t hired a coach?

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        No these idiots still haven’t hired a coach smh. I think they may be possibly seeing if they can land a superstar free agent and get their input on the coach before officially hiring. They’ve interviewed Byron Scott 3 damn times already and he still hasn’t been hired

    • muhangis - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      As a Laker fan, I don’t think so. He’s too much of a dull style, slow turtle tempo, and not any creativity as a coach.

      • mazblast - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        I thought all Lakers creativity flowed from the font of all knowledge and basketball ability, Kobe Bryant Himself Live And In Person. In the KoMe System, there’s one play–“Give me the ball and don’t expect it back.”

  4. jetsfaninindy - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Thank goodness. A healthy Lopez will help this team tremendously!

  5. clownsfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Wanted him for the Cavs

  6. 32magicman - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Maybe the lakers will let Kobe coach. He can bench himself for poor shot selection.

  7. saint1997 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    I don’t see this team making the playoffs this year

  8. wowwowbad - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Hollins is a way better coach than J.Kidd, if the veteran trio can listen to him and D-Will can adjust his mindset to learn like a rookie, the Nets still have hopes.

    • AZ Dem - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      There’s a better chance of my mother doing a 4-minute mile with her walker.

  9. marbulz - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    I’m curious to see what he can do maybe he can get Lopez to play better defense and get the team to click and gel together can’t wait for the season to begin,and hopefully everyone can stay healthy.

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