New Nets Coach Isn't Intimidated by the Big City

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The new Brooklyn Nets head coach, Lionel Hollins, said he won’t be blinded by the bright lights of the media capital of the world.

Talking to reporters Monday, Hollins said the press won't influence his decisions. “You know you guys won’t be happy with me every night; I know that,” he said. “And you’ll be trying to tell me what to do. I know that. But I won’t be listening, so it won’t matter — but everybody has their own opinion about things."

Hollins is known as a no-nonsense coach. At his last job with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he coached from 2009 to 2013, Hollins would bench those players, even team stars, who didn't exert maximum effort.

In Brooklyn, Hollins will inherit a team that won 44 games last season under former coach Jason Kidd. The Nets will welcome back Brook Lopez next season, who is considered by some sports pundits to be the team's best player. Lopez missed most of the 2013-2014 season due to a broken foot.

But the team may lose their seminal veteran player Paul Pierce to a rumored trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.