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Lionel Hollins 'top candidate' to replace Jason Kidd in Brooklyn

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Brooklyn is interested in making Lionel Hollins its next head coach.
Brooklyn is interested in making Lionel Hollins its next head coach. (USATSI)

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Ex-Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is "a top candidate" for the Brooklyn Nets to replace Jason Kidd, as reported by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. George Karl also has interest in Brooklyn. Ettore Messina and Mark Jackson are candidates, too, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Hollins is seen as the frontrunner, and NBA.com's David Aldridge reported that he's expected to meet with the Nets soon. He was also reported as being in the mix for essentially all of the open head-coaching jobs this offseason, including the Los Angeles Lakers' still-vacant position. The Houston Rockets have also reportedly pursued Hollins as an assistant.

Given that Brooklyn is in win-now mode with its ridiculous payroll, it's logical to go after coaches who are proven at this level. Hollins has plenty of experience, and his recent success in Memphis should give him some cache with the Nets' vets. There might not be any coach who can turn this team into a legitimate title threat, but Hollins is a good fit for the big-name group and he would have Brooklyn competing hard on defense.

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