Nets hire coach Lionel Hollins, move on from Jason Kidd

You don’t cry over spilled milk, as they say. You clean it up.

The Brooklyn Nets are about to do just that, as they are finalizing a deal to make Lionel Hollins their new head coach just four days after the Jason Kidd saga that led to their job opening was first revealed.

Two people with knowledge of the negotiation told WJS that Hollins’ deal could be done Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.

Hollins hasn’t been on the sidelines since late May of 2013, when his Memphis Grizzlies made franchise history by reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time and Hollins received so much well-deserved praise for playing the biggest of parts. He is a more proven and widely-respected coach than the one who headed for the exits in the most abrupt of ways after just one season and is now the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

His fourth full season as Grizzlies head coach was his best, as the stern-yet-savvy Hollins headed a group that — with Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and the rest executing his system to near-perfection — had the league’s second best defense (97.4 points allowed per 100 possessions).The age-old “philosophical differences” got in the way of him returning on a contract not long after, and Hollins had lost out to a coach in Dave Joerger (his then lead assistant coach) who had a more compatible relationship with Memphis’ new management.

 

Written by Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra

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