Nets Training Camp Primer: Hollins Wants Team To Back Up Toughness Talk

September 26, 2014 7:36 PM

Nets Training Camp Primer: Hollins Wants Team To Back Up Toughness Talk
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" Ah, the annual rites of autumn in New York: The evenings get a little more brisk, the leaves get a little more color and the Brooklyn Nets talk about getting a lot tougher.

In the Nets’ first two seasons following their move from New Jersey, it’s been too much talk and not enough grit on the court to match the borough’s reputation, let alone seriously challenging for an NBA title.  The Nets were bounced in the playoffs after one and two rounds, respectively.

So it was no surprise that when asked at Nets’ Media Day on Friday what he needed to focus on at this training camp, coach Lionel Hollins said, “I’d like us to be tougher.”

“I’d like us to be more aggressive and compete harder every moment they are on the court,” Hollins elaborated. “I want them to be tougher mentally. That’s the foundation we’re going to try to lay right off the bat.”

Hollins may be the Nets’ fourth head coach — and third in about 18 months — since the move, but I believe he has the best shot of finally delivering on that promise "

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