Nets reassign GM King, fire coach Hollins
NEW YORK – Billy King's bold moves often seemed made with little regard for the future. Now Brooklyn's future isn't King's concern.
The Nets reassigned their general manager and fired coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey. The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as interim coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired.
"It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement.
The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than league-worst Philadelphia.
King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach, going 48-71.
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•JAMES LIFTS CAVS OVER 76ERS: LeBron James lifted Cleveland to its seventh straight win, 95-85 over the 76ers, with 37 points and several dunks that drew a rise out of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. He had nine assists and seven rebounds in Cleveland's 13th win in the past 15 games.
•MEMPHIS EDGES PAST BOSTON: Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Grizzlies overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Celtics 101-98 at home. Isaiah Thomas, who had 35 points for Boston, launched a three-pointer as time expired, but officials confirmed the basket came after the horn, giving Memphis its biggest comeback victory of the season.
•BUCKS FALL TO KNICKS: Carmelo Anthony had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Kristaps Porzingis had a few more highlight plays in New York's high-flying third quarter, and the Knicks beat Milwaukee 100-88 at home. Porzingis had a sensational follow dunk on one end and a blocked shot on the other. He had 15 points for the Knicks.
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