NBA News: Brooklyn Nets Fire Coach Lionel Hollins, GM Billy King Steps Down
Billy King has stepped down as Brooklyn Nets’ general manager. The Nets have also fired their head coach Lionel Hollins.Advertisement
The Nets are seeking a new vision and a fresh start at this crucial juncture to reform their team.
“After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that it’s time for a fresh start and a new vision for the direction of the team,” said Nets’ billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Sunday. “By making this decision now, it enables our organization to use the rest of the season to diligently evaluate candidates with proven track records. It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership. With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching. We have learned a great deal during the past six years and our experiences will guide us for the future. Following the consolidation of team ownership last month, I can assure you that I’m more determined and committed than ever to build a winner.”
King resigned while serving the sixth season of his tenure as GM. Kings’ new role isn’t clear after he reassigned. Tony Brown, assistant under Hollins, has been elevated to the post of interim coach.
The Nets have registered their third-worst performance this season with a 10-27 win record, just above Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooklyn and their owner want to return to the winning lane.