Hollins is ready to start a new chapter. So are the Brooklyn Nets after last week’s stunning departure of Jason Kidd.
Brooklyn and Lionel Hollins reached an agreement on a contract Wednesday, the team announced. According to multiple reports, the former Memphis Grizzlies coach will earn more than $4 million annually over the next four years.
Nets general manager Billy King’s pants must have been ablaze last week when he smiled through the unveiling of plans for a new state-of-the-art practice facility in Brooklyn.
A person with knowledge of the details says the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal allowing Kidd to become Milwaukee’s coach. The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and 2019.
Jason Kidd’s reputation as a coach killer remains renowned. Just ask Larry Drew, who two days ago thought he was about to coach the perhaps resurgent Bucks back to NBA eminence. But Kidd had other plans, and rather grandiose ideas about himself.
Let’s break down Jason Kidd’s most idiotic moments after he left Brooklyn for Milwaukee.
Good riddance, J-Kidd. Hey, Milwaukee: Got any room in your front office for Billy King as well?
So the Knicks actually think the Jason Kidd nouveau-coach experiment worked in Brooklyn this past season?
Pierce will be a free agent and showed he can still provide a team with scoring punch at 36. Garnett’s game is further gone as he prepares to turn 38 next week.
In as fitting an ending as you could script for this season, the host Heat roared back from an eight-point deficit in the last three minutes to send the Nets back to Brooklyn for good, 96-94.
Since James, Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates, the Heat are 8-0 in home games that could end a series. Two of those wins came against Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett when they were wearing Boston green.
The cold truth is that these guys are limited in what they can be counted on to do night-in and night-out. And this series has proven that those limits make it awfully hard to take down a King.
Still want to talk Knicks? Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr? There’s a far better story going on in Brooklyn, one that you really should start paying attention to.
Paul Pierce called the Miami Heat a juggernaut. He insisted they are still the team to beat. So yes, the Brooklyn Nets have plenty of respect for the two-time defending NBA champions — and no fear.
Miami knows Brooklyn will be tweaking something — maybe lots of somethings — before the teams meet Thursday night in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, with the Heat holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.