Lionel Hollins is close to being the named the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to reports from ESPN.
Hollins had a successful spell with the Memphis Grizzlies before being let go and replaced by David Joeger in 2013, with differences in philosophies being cited as the main reason for the breakup.
The 60-year old led the Grizzlies to three consecutive playoff appearances between 2011 and 2013. In his last year at the helm, the Grizzlies won 56 games and advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals.
The vacancy in Brooklyn has come about from Jason Kidd's ridiculous demands that he put forward to the Nets Russian owners. Kidd confronted the owners and after one year of head coaching experience in the NBA, demanded to be allowed complete control over player personnel decisions to go along with head-coaching responsibilities.
The request was denied by the Nets head office and Kidd was granted permission to speak with the Milwaukee Bucks, to whom he was traded for the grand sum of two future second round picks.
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Nets general manager Billy King, during an appearance Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," said that experience would be the key and in Hollins they certainly have a man who has a lot.
"One, I think we're looking for experience, someone we'll build with for a long time," King said. "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."
On Tuesday, King praised Hollins' work in Memphis giving the biggest hint about the job until now. "If you look at track record and what he did in Memphis, they consistently got better every year," he said.