The Nets head into the 2015-16 season with the trio of Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan attempting to fill the void left by Williams.
Hollins, who enters his second-year at the helm of the Nets, believes no one player, but the group as a whole, will help the Nets PG play this season. He is also excited about the returning core group of players.
“Now we’re here, and everybody has to go out and obviously you can’t have the same numbers as an individual," Hollins said. "You hope they’d be better. But we still have our core guys. … I’m pleased and I’m excited.”
General manager Billy King signed Thomas Robinson, Wayne Ellington and traded for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson this offseason in an effort to add depth to the Nets back court.
“We did what we set out to do, and that was to try to get some younger players, change our team a little bit, try to get some athleticism,” Hollins said. “I thought Billy did a great job. Now it’s up to us to try to work with and develop these individuals.”
Last year I spent most of the season killing Hollins for the way he spoke in the media. It looks like he may have learned his lesson, because I can't help but love this sentiment.
Maybe being an underdog agrees with Hollins, because he seems infinitely more likable standing up for his team and praising the infusion of youth that Billy King was able to import this summer. Will it translate to wins? Who knows. We know the Nets have shortcomings, but there seems to be a surprise in every NBA season. The one thing a coach in Brooklyn hasn't been able to do yet is to overachieve. I'm not saying a few defiant comments will spur a huge season out of nowhere, but it could be the thing that rallies the team together.