By Steve Lichtenstein
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“I’m not here to do Billy’s job — I just want to coach.”
Hollins later downplayed the subtext in his quip above from his introductory press conference on Monday, but the change in the aura surrounding the Barclays Center was still refreshing.
Kidd’s jersey may still hang in the rafters (as it should, since there’s no denying his impact when he starred on the court for the Nets from 2001-2007), but Nets fans no longer have to worry about all the drama that resulted from the growing pains of King’s failed experiment with a rookie coach.
That’s because Hollins has what King should have been looking for last summer when then-interim coach P.J. Carlesimo wasn’t…
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