The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become the team's new head coach.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 2, 2014
Here’s what you need to know about the deal:
1. His Annual Salary Will Be in the $4 Million Range
2. The Bucks Got Jason Kidd For 2 Draft Picks
The Milwaukee Bucks traded two draft picks in order to close a deal that would make Kidd the new head coach after firing Larry Drew. The Nets has previously offered Hollins a position as assistant coach to Kidd, but he wanted to wait for a head coaching job.
3. He Led the Memphis Grizzlies to Three Playoff Appearances in a Row
Hollins was said to have improved the team every year he coached in Memphis. He got them to 3 playoff appearances in a row and led them to 56 wins to advance to the Western Conference Finals in his final season.
The owners of the Grizzles did not renew his contract due to personal differences. The basketball world believes it was partly due to the management’s desire to modernize the program in relation to scouting and analytics in opposition to Hollins’ traditional style.
Hollins expressed his distaste for the decision in an interview with MyFoxMemphis saying:
I could take being fired. I could take them not wanting me. I couldn’t take them trying to destroy my reputation and credibility.”
I felt that I was wronged but it doesn’t matter Life isn’t fair.”
There are going to be people that after I get going won’t like me no matter how much success I might have. That’s just life.”
Glad Lionel Hollins is getting a new Head Coaching gig with the Brooklyn Nets! What happened to him in Memphis was preposterous.
— OnPointBasketball (@DrewEbanks) July 2, 2014
4. He Served As an Assistant Coach For the Phoenix Suns Before the Grizzlies
Before he got to Memphis he served as the coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies from 1999–2000. From 2004-2008 he was an interim coach at Memphis, but was offered a poision as an assistant to Scott Skiles of the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2008-2009 season. He was named head coach of Memphis from 2009-2013.
5. His Son Was the University of Minnesota Point Guard
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