9:52 PM EDT, Mon September 01, 2014
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Burning Q's: Can Jack replace Livingston?

With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the Brooklyn Nets. Today’s question: Can Jarrett Jack replace Shaun Livingston? This is what Jason Kidd envisioned happening last season, when the Nets were exploring trade opportunities before the February trading deadline. The Nets knew there was a strong likelihood of losing Livingston in free agency. Jack was a prime candidate as a combo guard who might be able to ease the blow of Livingston’s pending departure.

Hollins looking forward to facing Grizzlies

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Lionel Hollins is looking forward to return to Memphis on Feb. 10. But that won’t be the first time the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets faces his former team. The Nets take on the Grizzlies on Jan. 14 at Barclays Center. “Like I told [Marc] Gasol and like he told me, he said, ‘It’s gonna be weird beating you. And I replied, ‘It’s gonna be weird beating you, too,’” Hollins said Friday.

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.