Hollins on Jack handling starting point guard duties: “Why can’t he?”

AP

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In an offseason Q&A with ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo, Nets head coach Lionel Hollins dishes on Jarrett Jack as the team’s starting point guard, the departure of Deron Williams and some of the team’s new signings. Of Jack being the potential starter, Hollins says:

Why can’t he? He’s done it last year, he’s done it in Portland, he’s done it in Golden State — wherever he’s been, he’s had moments where he’s had to start. And I think if a player is not starting [all the time], he gets a bad rap that he can’t be a starter. Well, that’s not the case. He’s been on teams with a lot of good starting point guards, and he’s done a great job of adding that depth that they have at point guard.

And on the departure of once-franchise player Williams and his move to Dallas, Hollins adds:

You’d have to ask [general manager] Billy King about that. The only thing I can say is this: Deron had not played as well as he would’ve liked to, and as well as we would’ve liked him to — the expectations that were on him, the burden of being in New York as a franchise player and all that. I wish him the best in Dallas, and I’m sure that he’s going to bounce back and going to be very good for them, and I have nothing but best wishes for that to happen for him.

Check out the full interview here.