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Lionel Hollins with perhaps a subtle jab at Jason Kidd at Nets introductory press conference

Jul 8, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

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Jason Kidd has moved on from being the Nets head coach to taking the same job in Milwaukee, after unsuccessfully trying to gain more power within Brooklyn’s front office.

After just one year as an NBA head coach, that move couldn’t possibly have been all that thrilling to the Nets brass, so not surprisingly, they went with a much more tenured head coach in Lionel Hollins as Kidd’s replacement.

Hollins is unlikely to have those same front office aspirations that Kidd so ungratefully showed, and he reminded us of that during his introductory press conference in Brooklyn on Monday.

From Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com:

Unlike his predecessor, he has no interest in a front-office position, isn’t yearning for power beyond his head-coaching duties and is satisfied with only controlling what takes place on the court.

“I’m a basketball coach,” Hollins said. “I don’t want to do [general manager] Billy [King’s] job. I don’t want to do anybody else’s job in the organization but the one I’m hired to do. That’s important to me. …

“You see a few coaches have gotten more power where they’ve gotten president and coach,” Hollins said. “That’s not my goal.”

Shots fired or nah?

Probably not. Hollins was very likely just making the same thing clear to the public that he probably had to go out of his way to clarify during the interview process, which is that he’s here to coach, and will leave the front office stuff to the people who are already firmly in place in those jobs.

  1. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    He did not take jabs. He gave his opinion on whether he would want that kind of position or not. God, the Media.

    • spursareold - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      The media does this stuff because people ‘click’. You did.

  2. garypagetwo - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I’ve been thinking about how Jason Kidd will do with the Bucks .. I really hope it works out . and will then shut the mouths up of these amateur writers . *cough* this website *cough*

    • mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      His succeeding in Milwaukee would prove he could run a team, no doubt. That still wouldn’t mean it was wrong for the Nets to tell him “no.” His single season as a coach ended with him taking a heavily favored team to the 6th seed. Coming off a year like that it’d have been insane to hand him full control of the team.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        and as crazy as some might think this is, the Bucks are actually pretty close to having a good team.

        Brandon Knight and Wolters are a reasonable pt. guard tandem. Ok Mayo is a nightmare, but Ilyasova, John Henson, Larry Sanders and Parker are all talented enough guys to win with if potential becomes product.

        Brooklyn maybe better this season, but over the next 5 years it’s not even close which team person would rather coach.

  3. philyeagles5 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Unfortunately I have to click the article to see the comments, the only writing on this site worth a damn.

  4. ravenswhat - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I hope it was. Someone needs to call Kidd out for that garbage he pulled.

    • milkcan44 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I heard Hollins on ESPN this AM, and his demeanor would fly much better in Milwaukee than Kidd’s. He was there if the new owners just “had” to change coaches.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Wolters? We talkin bout Wolters? Really? He is horrible. If I were John Hammond for a day, I would:
    Make a push for Bledsoe, and at the same time try to get Jameer. He is a seasoned vet with enough left in his tank to play a Backup pg position OR play bigger minutes if someone gets hurt.
    Let knight play the 2, Giannis at the 3, Jabari at the 4, sanders at the 5. Hope that Sanders has an awesome statistical first half, and jettison him ASAP!
    Listen to All trade talks, and attempt to move Erysan, and try to attach Mayo to any and all trades. You’re welcome Milwaukee.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Not bad. I’d probably have Knight coming of the bench though and start Henson. I’d keep Ersan as an all-too-valuble stretch 4 off the bench too.

  6. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I like knight off the bench too, especially cuz he can play the 1 and 2. Erysan is the question mark. It’s hard to find a 4 that shoots threes AND rebounds, which makes him valuable. But can he stay healthy and productive? Then the starters can be:
    Pg: Bledsoe
    SG: Middleton
    SF:Giannis
    PF: Jabari
    C: Sanders
    With a quality bench of: Erysan, jameer, Henson(who can play the 3,4,or 5? But he might need to start because he rebounds well) knight, Adrien?

  7. ghelton03 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    In Memphis, Hollins may not have wanted to be GM, but he had no problem telling the GM how to do his job and what he thought of the job the GM was doing. That’s why he is not in Memphis anymore. We’ll see if Hollins has learned anything or he will keep running his mouth against the front office.

    • mikerome64 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      And that front office that he blasted is now gone. Looks like the owner should have listened to him instead of those Bozos.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    And that’s the first time “subtle” has been used in the same sentence as “Jason Kidd”.

  9. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Oddly, Hollins was mentioned when Drew was hired as a possible candidate as the Bucks coach. Coming from “small market” Memphis, it looked like a no brainer. No nonsense, stressed Defense, took his team to the playoffs every year. Nets got a good guy.
    Whether or not the players like him remains to be seen.

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