Blindsided by Jason Kidd's departure, Nets rookies eager to greet Lionel Hollins

Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, right, scores over Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, right, scores over Baylor center Isaiah Austin, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Waco, Texas. Photo Credit: AP / Rod Aydelotte

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Mason Plumlee felt like a 6-11 quarterback stuck in the pocket, unaware of the speedy 300-pound behemoth taking aim at him as he looked for an open receiver downfield.

That's how quickly the Jason Kidd saga unfolded last week.

"I was blindsided like a defensive end coming off [the line]," Plumlee said Saturday after scoring 23 points in the Nets summer league team's tournament-opening win over the Pacers at Amway Center. "I had no clue."

This despite being around Kidd in the days leading up to his sudden departure to coach the Bucks.

The two even were together the day of the NBA draft, when the Nets unveiled the site for their new training facility in Brooklyn and its picturesque views of lower Manhattan.

Barely 24 hours later, Kidd was meeting with Bucks owners in New York, hatching a move to the Midwest that stunned everyone.

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"I was really surprised because everything has been cool lately," guard Marquis Teague said. "We had been seeing J-Kidd around, then it just randomly happened, so it's kind of crazy."

Imagine the thoughts floating through the heads of the Nets' three rookies, who were quickly exposed to the business side of the NBA. They were expecting to learn under Kidd and to begin studying his philosophies and schematics here.

Although Kidd had planned to hand off the game coaching duties to assistant Sean Sweeney, he was going to be on the bench observing, barking out a few words to the players whenever necessary. But that all changed in a New York minute.

"It was so different for me," said guard Markel Brown, who scored nine points in his debut. "I mean, how do you trade a coach for draft picks? I've never heard of that. But it's a business now, and hopefully I don't end up on that bad side of the business."

At least Brown has someone he can talk with to get the lowdown on Kidd's replacement, Lionel Hollins. Brown, an Oklahoma State product, said he knows Grizzlies guard Tony Allen well and will pick Allen's brain about Hollins' style and tendencies.

Brown said he talks frequently with Allen but hasn't spoken with him since Hollins' hiring. Allen played two seasons under Hollins with the Grizzlies.

Teague also wants to go to a direct source to find out about the Nets' new coach. He anticipates he'll talk with friend Mike Conley Jr., also a Grizzlies guard, looking for any helpful insight that will make the transition under Hollins easier.

"Definitely when I get a chance to," Teague said. "He played for him, so who is going to be better to talk to about it? He played my position, so I would love to talk to him about it."

Teague, Plumlee and the others finally might get the chance to meet Hollins in person Monday once he flies here after his introductory morning news conference in Brooklyn.

Judging from the word-of-mouth he's gathered so far, Plumlee appears eager to get things going under Hollins.

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"He's old-school, [a] disciplinarian, detailed, hard worker," Plumlee said. 'He demands a lot of his players, and that's a coach you want to play for. You want to play for a coach that you get better under him, and it seems like that's what happened to a lot of guys who have played for him."

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