Nets hire Lionel Hollins as their new head coach

Lionel Hollins will replace Jason Kidd as the Nets' new head coach

7/3/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

May 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins reacts in the second half of game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at FedEx Forum.  The Spurs won 93-86.  Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY SportsThe Brooklyn Nets have moved fast in replacing Jason Kidd after he left for the Milwaukee Bucks. Lionel Hollins will be the new head coach in Brooklyn, after being hired only days after Kidd's departure.

Hollins previously coached the Grizzlies, both in Vancouver and Memphis, in three stints between 1999 and 2013. In 415 total games, he had a record of 214-201. The Grizzlies declined to renew his contract about a year ago, despite his Grizzlies finishing with a 56-26 record, good for 5th in the Western conference.

Hollins is a great hire by the Nets. Unlike Kidd, he has experience coaching at a high level, and has shown that he can lead a talented group of players. The Grizzlies improved every year under his leadership, and they went from one of the laughingstocks of the league to a premier franchise with his help.

He should do well with the Nets, who have plenty of talent on their roster, and a glut of veteran star power. The Nets should be one of the contenders in the East for years to come with Hollins at the helm.
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