Brooklyn Nets hire Lionel Hollins as team’s next coach

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MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 27:  Head coach Lionel Hollins of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts in the first half while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 27, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, TN – MAY 27: Head coach Lionel Hollins of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts in the first half while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 27, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday via Twitter that they have reached a deal with Lionel Hollins to become the next coach.

Hollins, who coached the Memphis Grizzlies last year, takes over for Jason Kidd, who was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for two second-round picks.

A former NBA point guard himself, Hollins brought the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in 2013.  After the team won only 18 games in his first year, Hollins helped turned the club around — the Grizzlies made the playoffs the last three years of his tenure.

The move brings a veteran, well-respected coach to the Nets to replace Jason Kidd, who, despite a roller-coaster first season, did bring the team to the playoffs.

Hollins played in the NBA for ten years, worked as an assistant coach for 17 and joined the Grizzlies as head coach in 1999.