Grizzled vet Lionel Hollins nabs Nets coaching post

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Memphis, TN, United States (4E Sports) – The Brooklyn Nets will tap Lionel Hollins as their next head coach for a deal worth $20 million in four years.

“We have a nice nucleus to build with,” said Hollins, who led the Memphis Grizzlies to three consecutive playoff appearances in his last three seasons with the team.

The Nets focused on Hollins immediately after Jason Kidd’s departure for the Milwaukee Bucks, meeting with him Monday and Tuesday.

In 2012-13, his final year as NBA coach, the Grizzlies won 56 games and advanced to the Western Conference finals.

They were among the best in defense, ranking in the top three in points allowed per 100 possessions, opponent field goal percentage and rebound percentage.

Hollins’ contract was not renewed apparently due to philosophical differences with the ownership group.

Nets general manager Billy King said experience would be key in choosing the team’s next head-coach.

“Someone who can develop young players, develop veterans and have a tough mindset. But someone also who has the experience who can take us to where we want to go,” King described the ideal candidate.

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