As the Nets have struggled all season with their shooting, it seems they have failed to develop an offensive identity. Coach Lionel Hollins painted a grim picture before Monday’s 113-99 home loss to Houston.
“We have established an identity: We don’t make shots,” Hollins said. “That is our identity. If you don’t make shots, that’s a part of who you are. We have to become a team that makes shots consistently. We have guys who have been great shooters or good shooters throughout their careers wherever they played.”
In search of answers to the team’s shooting woes – they’re shooting just 22.9% from 3-point range during their six-game skid in which they’ve averaged 88.8 points per game – Hollins pondered if it was his fault.
“Maybe I’m the problem,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t shoot ’em, but I’m sure behind closed doors without the microphone on, some players may say I am the problem.”
Joe Johnson suggested the guards need to penetrate more after Brooklyn made just 5 of 21 3-pointers on Monday.
“We’re getting great looks, we just haven’t been making a lot of shots,” he said. “We just have to be a little more dominant in the paint – as guards, getting in the paint, finishing, making plays for the bigs. And that’s kind of where it needs to start.”
When Hollins, who took last season off after his contract wasn’t renewed by Memphis, found himself without a head-coaching opportunity, he contemplated a return to the bench as an assistant. One of the head coaches he spoke with was his Monday night counterpart, Kevin McHale.
Talks weren’t extensive and he was never offered a spot on McHale’s staff according to Hollins, who just wanted to be back in the NBA. It was more of an exchange of philosophies.
McHale praised Hollins for his job with Memphis and called him a “quality guy,” but didn’t delve deeply into his offseason talks with Hollins.
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