NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been a rough offseason for the Nets, who were expected to contend for a title after spending record money last summer.
And, of course, head coach Jason Kidd bolted Brooklyn for Milwaukee after just one season, leaving general manager Billy King scrambling to find a new leader.
Well that leader turned out to be Lionel Hollins, and despite the turmoil surrounding this franchise, the 60-year-old remains cool, calm and confident.
“I believe all the possibilities for being a champion are in place,” Hollins recently told the Nets’ website. “And we just have to do our jobs to make it a reality, both the players and the coaches. And then we can all celebrate together.”
Talk about being undeterred.
The Nets, who finished 44-38 last season and were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by the Heat, still have a solid core in Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.
Health remains a major factor, however, as Lopez only played 17 games in 2013-14 before breaking his right foot. Williams, whose ankles continue to be an issue, missed 18 games.
38-year-old Kevin Garnett, who is no longer the superstar player he once was, is expected to return to Brooklyn for a second season.
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