EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Is Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins on the hot seat?
A published report out of Russia suggested as much, but team officials privately insisted Monday that the Russian report was erroneous.
“The seat’s always hot. It was hot when I sat in it for the first time as a coach. It’s a hot seat,” Hollins said Monday. “Whatever goes down in that regard, I have no control over that. I don’t even worry about it; I don’t think about it; I don’t read about it. Whatever happens, it’ll be a surprise when it does -- if it happens. But it’s just a job.”
Hollins continued: “Every job you have, you’re hired to be fired at some point -- whether you win 56 games as I did before, or you don’t win. It’s the nature of this business, and reporters and bloggers and fans and everybody has their opinion about what should be done, what’s wrong.
“All I can do is come to work every day and do my job. And when it’s over, if somebody calls me and says you’re not here anymore, I pack my s--- up and I go home.”
Given the team’s 5-15 record at the quarter-mark of the season, it certainly would make sense if Hollins is indeed be in trouble. The Nets are 1-11 on the road, and rank 29th in offensive efficiency and 24th in defensive efficiency. They are dead-last in the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage.
To be fair, of course, expectations going into this “bridge” season were pretty low to begin with.
Hollins is in the second year of a four-year contract that could be worth $20 million if the team elects to pick up his fourth-year option.
In the past, the 62-year-old has been criticized for his lack of accountability, odd rotations and clashing with his players. Hollins has a 43-59 record since taking over in Brooklyn last season.
Since moving from New Jersey in 2012-13, the Nets have had four different coaches.