Nets’ Hollins uses suicide reference for coaching analogy

Written By kom nampuldu on Jumat, 30 Januari 2015 | 18.18

Nets coach Lionel Hollins wanted to make a point about facing up to and fighting through adversity when he was asked if he ever changed his approach during a bad stretch. But he took his analogies to the extreme.

"Do you change your approach when life doesn't go the way you want it? There's some people that change their approach, they go kill themselves," Hollins said Thursday in East Rutherford.

The coach apparently realized immediately that suicidal references were way over the top and tried to explain his point.

"But we're trying to compete and play. I'm not trying to equate basketball with death — life and death. But still, there's adversity and you have to fight through it," Hollins said before giving another life-lesson analogy that went a tad too far.

"You could go lay down under a bridge and beg for money. You could do a lot of things other than keep fighting," Hollins said. "I mean, competition is about keep fighting. Playing sports, there's going to be bad moments and you keep fighting. When you're going through them, you're trying to do everything that you can to overcome. And I think we're working hard."

Hollins' points were that the Nets, who play host to the Raptors Friday in what will be their final chance to get a January home win, can't surrender to tough times.

Hollins saw fight in the Nets' latest loss, a 113-102 defeat in Atlanta Wednesday. But even playing hard and playing well could not mask what was the Nets' 11th loss in 13 games, a defeat that dropped them to 18-27. At home in January, they are 0-6 with the one game remaining (one game was postponed).

"I wasn't aware of it. I guess it felt like we won," Brook Lopez said of the January failings in Brooklyn. "The way we have been playing at home doesn't surprise me that much to be honest. That is what tomorrow is for."

Or it can be for a 0-7 home record in January.

In the 11 defeats in the last 13 games, the Nets have been outshot, 47 percent (422-of-898) to 42.3 percent (379-of-896). That's only part of the problem. Against Atlanta, the Nets did a lot well. But Atlanta did it better.

"We had a bit more energy, the ball was popping a bit more, moving around, we got good looks, we gave ourselves a chance," said Lopez.

"We played really well, played really hard. We just ran into a very good team who's playing really good basketball," said Deron Williams, who practiced Thursday for the first time in nearly a month because of fractured rib cartilage.

"Early on we played really well. We jumped on them … got a lot of deflections. We were really active. The ball was moving. Then it seems like a constant thing where we get stagnant and that's this year going back to even last year," Williams said. "We've got to find ways where we continuously move the ball and get guys open shots."

And that, the Nets say, is part of what they must continue doing consistently. That is how you fight through adversity.


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