After the bizarre coup attempt by Jason Kidd, the Nets are currently without a coach. Former Grizzlies head coach, Lionel Hollins, has become the front runner for the position. Hollins should be interviewing with the Nets very soon.
Brooklyn has set a meeting with its top coaching target, Lionel Hollins, league sources tell Yahoo. Sides will sit down in next 24-48 hours.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
The way Kidd has exited Brooklyn has been rather classless. Not only did he attempt a coup, but he got Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Larry Drew, fired so he could take the coaching position in Milwaukee. While there’s no defending getting Drew fired, Kidd’s power grab in Brooklyn may have a bit of a redeeming factor. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets were never exactly loyal to Kidd.
“Hollins had been a strong consideration for the Nets when Kidd had gotten off to a sluggish start to the season and there was discussion about replacing Kidd in late December, sources said.”
While it’s perfectly within the rights of a team to consider a coaching change at any point, considering one that early into a first-year head coach’s season is ludicrous. An organization has to be more patient than that.
Hollins, as a coach, was last seen coaching the Grizzlies in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. They lost the series in 6 games to the San Antonio Spurs. Hollins and the Grizzlies parted ways during the offseason due to differences on how the team should operate. Ever since, Hollins has been rumored as part of almost every head coaching job.