The Nets have undoubtedly made major moves by bringing in aspiring, yet sometimes old, talent in their attempts to raise the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in the preceding years. At the same time, they’ve also been quick to part ways with head coaches during the Prokhorov era as well.
With that being said, something just doesn’t add up if you’ve been following the Nets since they’ve made the move to the Brooklyn. The Nets will have the same Head Coach in Lionel Hollins returning to lead the troops for a second consecutive year.
The Nets are now entering their fourth season in Brooklyn and have made a flurry of changes within that time in regards to head coaches:
- 2010-2012 – Avery Johnson 60-116
- 2012-2013 – P.J. Carlesimo 35-19
- 2013-2014 – Jason Kidd 44-38
- 2014- present – Lionel Hollins 38-44
The one constant that the Nets have shown throughout the years is that the front office is willing to do anything and everything to get to the top of the Basketball World. Winning a championship is a tough task on its own, but when you have new coaches and philosophies coming in every year it makes it nearly impossible.
However, it finally looks like the Nets might have found their coach for more than a season’s rental with Lionel Hollins as he’s been everything as advertised prior to his signing. His style of coaching has given the Nets a sense of identity they’ve desperately lacked since their back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 02-03.
Although he might not be the most animated on the sidelines, he still expects the best out of each player on the roster. He has also shown his willingness to hold players accountable in his first year. One guarantee that comes with playing for Coach Hollins is that he will always have the players’ back.
By resigning the Lopez-Young duo along with a nice crop of young emerging players, the Nets have given Coach Hollins a unique mix of talent to go out and make a splash in the Eastern Conference. The fact that the Nets are entering this season without having to learn a new system is a win on its own.
If Mikhail Prokhorov’s original plan included having the same head coach at the helm for five years, the Nets might have reached their end goal by now.
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