Lionel Hollins did this summer what any new coach would do and reached out to his Brooklyn Nets players after he was hired by the team. However, while Hollins heard back from the majority of his players, there are a few notables names that didn’t respond to him.
From the New York Post:
Hollins said he has reached out to all 15 players on the roster, and heard back from all but two: Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. But Hollins said he wasn’t worried about that, and by the time the players return to the area in September, he’ll have spoken to everyone.
“The important ones are the young guys and the new guys that are coming to the team,” he said. “I’ve had chances to talk to Brook [Lopez] on multiple occasions and Deron Williams, and so it’s been good. When we get to September, when everybody comes in I will have talked to everybody on the team and we’ll go forward.”
Although it seems strange that Garnett and Johnson haven’t spoken with their new head coach, there’s probably nothing that should concern the Nets to this. As Hollins suggests, they will all obviously speak sometime soon.
Garnett is expected to return to the Nets for the 2014-15 season, his 2oth in the league. He averaged 6.5 points (44.1 percent shooting from the field) and 6.6 rebounds this past season. Johnson averaged 15.8 points (45.4 percent shooting from the field) and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Under Jason Kidd, the Nets won 44 games and were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs in 2013-14.