Nets fire coach, demote GM in shakeup

The Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins on Jan. 10. (New York Post photo)

The Nets started their housecleaning early, firing head coach Lionel Hollins and demoting general manager Billy King in a sudden wave of franchise-altering moves Sunday morning.

Brooklyn assistant coach Tony Brown will serve as interim head coach for the rest of this disappointing season, which ownership had planned to be a “Bridge Year” but now looks like a bridge to nowhere. The GM position will stay open until ownership finds a replacement.

Expect the familiar name of John Calipari to be circulated for both jobs, which would be a return engagement with the Nets.

“After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that it’s time for a fresh start and a new vision for the direction of the team,” said Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “By making this decision now, it enables our organization to use the rest of the season to diligently evaluate candidates with proven track records. It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership.”

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