3:34 AM EDT, Mon September 01, 2014

Lionel Hollins talks staff, Lopez and more

Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins addressed several topics Friday. Here are some the leftovers: • On how he assembled his coaching staff: “I wanted guys that had good teaching ability, that could work together, that could work with me, and that’s basically what went into it. Who’s gonna fit best with what we’re trying to do as a team and what I want to do. I’m very fortunate to get the guys I’ve gotten. They were available and willing to come.

Hollins: D-Will's health key to flourishing

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, plagued by ankle injuries in each of the last two seasons, has talked about lacking confidence on a few occasions. Deron Williams #8 PGBrooklyn Nets 2014 STATS GM64 PPG14.3 RPG2.6 APG6.1 FG%.450 FT%.801 In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Williams went 0-for-9 from the field and was held scoreless. Kobe Bryant wondered to Sports Illustrated how something like that could happen to a player of D-Will’s caliber.

Lopez confident he'll be better than ever

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has spoken briefly with former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who also underwent an osteotomy procedure during his playing career. But Lopez doesn’t think their situations are going to be exactly the same. “Like I said before, I’m not looking for any restrictions,” Lopez told two reporters Friday. “I’m confident I’m gonna be able to go out there and be better than I’ve ever been.

Burning Q's: Can D-Will regain star form?

With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the Brooklyn Nets. Today’s question: Will Deron Williams return to All-Star form? Much of it depends on if Williams can make a full recovery physically and mentally after undergoing surgery on both of his ankles in May. The physical part appears to be on track as Williams is said to be making progress. But it is in his and the Nets’ best interest for the point guard to take a cautious approach in camp.

Burning Q's: Can Plumlee take next step?

With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the Brooklyn Nets. Today’s question: Will Mason Plumlee take the next step? In some ways, Plumlee is in the process of taking that next step already. Making the final Team USA roster has been the type of experience that is simply priceless for the Nets. Think about it: How does Plumlee spend a pivotal summer entering his second pro season? By practicing daily against the likes of Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried and Andre Drummond, while playing alongside and learning from stars...