Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

In the wake of Jason Kidd's departure, the Nets wanted to replace him with a motivator with coaching experience, who would hold players to a higher standard on the defensive end.

Enter Lionel Hollins.

ESPN spoke with Hollins at the team's inaugural Brooklyn Nets basketball camp, getting a sharper sense of the 19th head coach in the franchise's history and the fourth since the team moved to Brooklyn in the 2012-13 season.

Hollins made sure everyone knew the important stuff: he is not a human-eating beast of folklore.
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Seen here in May, construction has since stalled. (AP)

Seen here in May, construction has since stalled. (AP)

Barclays Center was the crown jewel plopped in the center of downtown Brooklyn that brought the Nets to the borough for the 2012-13 basketball season, but the arena was also built as a gateway, with the promise of affordable, modular housing soon to follow. Modular housing meant efficiency and fiscal responsibility, and soon after the arena opened, construction began on its southwest corner, on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.

Now, the New York Times reports that construction on the buildings has halted entirely, due to slow development, rising costs, and disputes over who's footing the bill:

Skanska, the operating partner for a joint venture with Forest City at the factory, had a $117 million contract to supply 930 modules for the tower, she said. Skanska had also signed a contract with a separate entity, which includes Forest City, to erect the tower.

But a variety of problems resulted in the cost overruns, with the two sides arguing over who should pay.

“They owe us the building, based on a fixed price,” Ms. Gilmartin said. “They’re responsible for overruns.”

But Richard A. Kennedy, co-chief operating officer of Skanska USA, was emphatic that, contrary to Forest City’s claims, it had not “cracked the code.” Its design, he said, was flawed.

“It just doesn’t work the way it was sold to work,” he said. “We’ve had real challenges with it that’ve delayed the project and led to cost increases. We finally came to the decision to stop work on the project until our significant commercial issues are resolved.”

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Forest City, Mr. Kennedy said, had ignored its “design responsibility” under the contracts.

“It was represented to be a complete and buildable modular design,” he said. “That simply was not the case and that’s what we’ve been struggling with.”

The buildings were slated to be finished in 2015, which was a date that had already followed numerous delays. As of now, Barclays Center is the only completed building from the since-renamed Pacific Park Project.

New York Times -- Construction Is Shut Down at Atlantic Yards Complex

 

Russian airline Aeroflot, who has been a Nets sponsor since Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over as the team's primary owner in 2010, will cease sponsorship with the team.

According to a spokesperson with the airline that spoke with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, the contract between Aeroflot and the Nets had expired and the airline had no plans to renew the agreement.

The airline entered a "multi-tiered sponsorship alliance" with the Nets in October 2010, and hosted "An Evening of Russian Culture" at Nets games in 2011 and 2013. They renewed the team's sponsorship in 2013 despite criticism from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who wanted the team to sponsor Russian teams rather than the Nets and British soccer club Manchester United.

ITAR-TASS -- Aeroflot decides against extending sponsorship contract with NBA’s Brooklyn Nets

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

Via ShalomLife:

Born on May 3rd, 1965, in Moscow Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov would one day go from being upper middle class in a Russian Jewish household, to the Brooklyn Nets owning billionaire that he is today. Born to Dimitri and Tamara Prokhorov, a lawyer and a materials engineer respectively, Prokhorov was raised alongside his older sister Irina. His father traveled abroad frequently for work, however his mother stayed fairly close to home during her career.

According to its website, ShalomLife is a place to "share, discuss and inspire our readers with stories about Jewish culture and life. Shalom Life launched in 2009 and has become Canada's largest independent Jewish news source dedicated to covering culture, arts, society, technology, business, and general news, both locally and internationally."

More: ShalomLife -- Jewish Hall Of Fame: Mikhail Prokhorov

 


Via Arizona Sports -- Lionel Hollins honored by ASU jersey retirement

Lionel Hollins had his jersey retired at Arizona State University back in 2011, when Hollins was coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Three years later, now as the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Hollins got on the radio with Doug & Wolf for the ASU Sun Devil Fork Report to talk about his jersey retirement and his new job in Brooklyn.

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Larry Drew

Larry Drew (AP)

Larry Drew's moving forward, so he says.
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LeBron James, Deron Williams

Deron Williams (AP)

In a follow-up to a long-form article tracking Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant through six days in China, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard released a series of bonus stories that came out of his time with the future Hall of Famer.

In perhaps the most Kobe-intense quotes ever, Bryant told his documentarian Gotham Chopra "I would go 0-30 before I go 0-9." Why did he say that? Because he'd just seen Deron Williams do the same thing, in a game against the Miami Heat.
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Jason Collins

Dear Jason Collins:

Let me preface this by saying you have no obligation to listen to me. We both know that. I am a lowly editor of a local sports site that happens to cover the team that helped you make history a few months ago. You are a professional athlete, a sports icon, and perhaps most importantly, an adult with agency. Your pursuits are your decision.

You've taken time this summer to roam the speaking circuit, using your voice at the Inforum Convention, holding a public forum with out ESPN editor Kevin Arnovitz, and attending various other events around the country, after becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional US sports.

It also appears that, at 35 years old, you're legitimately torn about whether you'd like to keep playing next year, waiting until the end of the summer before you decide on your next step.

So with that in mind, know that I mean this from the bottom of my heart, from the same place that wants the world to be a better, more inclusive place for all.

Please never play in the NBA again.
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Mason Plumlee

Not even Mason Plumlee's Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets aren't the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, nor are they even close.

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AP

AP

It's time: individual tickets for the 2014-2015 Brooklyn Nets season are now on sale as of August 22nd, the team announced.

According to a team spokesperson, tickets are available for purchase by calling 800-4NBA-TIX, by visiting the Nets website (not Nets.com, which will make you feel like you're addicted to typos), or at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

 

That's new Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack, accidentally(?) bringing new a new wrinkle to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If only we were all so fortunate to have somewhere to land.