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Hollins says Nets need to ignore trade speculation

Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets looks on

Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets looks on late in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

As trade winds blow around the league, the prevailing thought is that eventually they will make their way to Brooklyn and the Nets' locker room.

Especially if the floundering doesn't cease soon.

A report surfaced yesterday indicating the Nets are still talking to teams about Brook Lopez and the Heat has shown strong interest.

Lionel Hollins doesn't believe he needs to address it with his players. "I don't really get into the trade talks or even talk to them about that," the Nets coach said. "I just say that no matter where you are, you have to give all you have until you are not there anymore because that's the business that we are in. When there's rumors about a coach getting fired, he can't quit coaching until he's not the coach anymore, and it's the same way when there's rumors about trades.

"You can't quit playing because rumors don't always come true."

Buckle up

Think it's rough now? It might only get worse considering 14 of the Nets' next 19 games are on the road, and 11 of those are against Western Conference teams. Entering Wednesday night, the Nets already had played the league's easiest schedule percentage-wise, going up against teams that had emerged victorious 47 percent of the time. So their road likely will get bumpier.

"We may not have played the teams that are at the top of the league," Hollins said, "but we've played a tough schedule when you play four [games] in five [nights], and six in nine, and you come back and you have a couple days off and you do another four in five. There's nothing easy about that schedule -- except if you want to look at the records."

Joerger praises Hollins

Dave Joerger, who was the Hollins’ top assistant in Memphis and whose relationship with him reportedly got strained toward the end of Hollins’ tenure, had nothing but good things to say about hin.

“I learned a ton from him and I still have got a lot more to learn,” the Grizzlies coach said. “He’s very direct. He’s got a great basketball mind. He makes adjustments well and he just has a good feel for the players and he was always about what’s best for the team. If that means changing the lineup or of that means certain guys are on the floor at certain times, whatever is best for the team is what he always did and I respected that about him greatly.”

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