After watching head coach Jason Kidd flee to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of hiring their next coach. It’s expected to be former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Nets closing in on the hiring of Lionel Hollins, ESPN has learned. Deal is expected to be completed today
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
The Nets reportedly showed interest in UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, but he turned them down. Amazingly, there were never any rumors or reports of Brooklyn showing interest in Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari.
Hollins, who took the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals in 2013, was also in the running for the Los Angeles Lakers job. as soon as Kidd departed, Hollins was viewed as the early front-runner to join Brooklyn.
Hopefully, he can help former Kentucky Wildcats point guard Marquise Teague find a role in the NBA. He’s rode the bench the majority of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls and Nets.
Maybe he can revive Teague’s career in the same way he did Mike Conley’s in Memphis. Both were highly-touted point guards coming out of high school, and after one year in college, both declared for the draft. However, both struggled to get off the bench early in their careers, but with Hollins’ help, Conley slowly developed into one of the better NBA point guards.
Hopefully, he can fix Teague in the same manner.
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