Hollis told SiriusXM NBA on Monday that he has been impressed with Lopez's attitude and effort over the summer, and looks forward to him being a leader on the new-look Nets. (Sept 22)
That revamped squad, who said goodbye to Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, and Alan Anderson over the summer, will get one big message from Hollins this season: team first. Hollins told SiriusXM that he will preach team over individual all season. (Sept 22)
It rarely seemed like Lopez and Hollins were on the same page last year, so this is a very encouraging start for the two. I think it took a while for Hollins to realize exactly the type of talent he had on his hands with Lopez, and we saw later in the year that Hollins finally found a way to put Brook in a position to succeed in his system. Hopefully, Hollins' summer impression leads to letting Lopez do what he does best.
As far as the message goes, I like it. Obviously, Hollins isn't exactly inventing the wheel here, but the Nets are going to need to carry a big chip on their shoulder if they are going to surprise people this season. If they can rally around each other, maybe they have a chance to prove some of the negative outlooks from this summer very wrong.