By: Mike Cortez | @CortezEra
That was quick. Days after Jason Kidd jumped ship for the lowly Milwaukee Bucks the Brooklyn Nets did not sit there and cry about it. ESPN’s Marc Stein says the Nets are finalizing a deal with former Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins. While in Memphis Hollins sported a record of 183-129 and helped resurrect the careers of power forward Zach Randolph and point guard Mike Conley.
Hollins was controversially fired after a franchise best 56-26 record and deep playoff run the saw the Grizzlies get to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Hollins brings experience and will not have to fight for player’s respect like a young head coach would have to. Veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce should vibe well with Hollins as all three are no nonsense personalities.
Expect the Nets to go with a bigger lineup this year with Brook Lopez and Garnett down low with Pierce returning to starting lineup with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams. Hollins ran the big lineup of Marc Gasol and Randolph in Memphis despite the league going with smaller lineups and was successful in doing so.
The Nets are expected to trot out the same group they did last year, sans recently signed Golden State Warrior Shaun Livingston, but if Lopez and Williams stay healthy the Nets should be an aggressive bunch and one that will grind out wins. Hollins style is scrappy, but is successful come April and May when it’s win or go home.