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Hollins to perform roll call at Yankee game

September, 10, 2014
New Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins will perform the roll call in the bleachers during the first inning Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Hollins grew up in Las Vegas, but is a lifelong Yankee fan.

"I like successful teams because everyone thinks losing is easy, but I always say that losing is easy, but winning is hard," Hollins said. "Winning takes a lot more. You go back to the old Celtics, the old UCLA teams, the Yankees, those teams, they have just do something that not everybody else does. It is not just talent. You go back to the Green Bay Packers in the '60. You just watch those teams, their professionalism, their togetherness. Their work ethic has been amazing. Of course, I love Joe Torre. I have been following the Yankees since Reggie Jackson was here. Reggie went to ASU. I went to ASU. We had the same agent. There are a lot of connections. I was a baseball player growing up. I was glad I didn't play baseball -- 162 games nearly every day."

Hollins was a first baseman.

Nets rival Yankees for highest N.Y. payroll

July, 26, 2013
Who will pay more for their roster next season: the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Yankees?

Brooklyn’s addition of Alan Anderson means its 2013-14 payroll is around $102 million for 15 players, and its projected luxury-tax bill is around $87 million.

[+] EnlargeBilly King, Mikhail Prokhorov
Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsBrooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has invested millions toward his five-year goal to win a title.
That, of course, equals $189 million, the same amount Yankees brass has mandated that its payroll be at for 2014 in order to take advantage of the latest CBA luxury tax rule.

Of note: The Nets’ official payroll and luxury tax figures won’t be known until the season is over, since things can change between now and June. Last season, they paid $12,883,647 million in luxury taxes, the third-highest figure in the league. But this season, tax penalties have changed from a $1 for every $1 over the tax level system to a progressive system.

Nets billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov has spent like late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in the past two offseasons -- with a seemingly endless wallet -- determined to see his five-year championship plan come to fruition.

According to, the Yankees are spending $203.4 million on their roster this season, which ranks second behind the Los Angeles Dodgers ($220.4 million).

New York has been hit with the luxury tax for the past 10 seasons -- 2013 will be their 11th -- amassing a total bill of $224.2 million over that span.

But meeting their club-imposed $189 million mandate is going to be very difficult for the Yankees, in large part because Robinson Cano is likely due for a massive $200 million to $300 million payday at season’s end.

The Knicks had an NBA-record $126 million payroll and $37.2 million luxury tax bill in 2005-06.

The Blazers paid a then league-record $51.9 million in luxury taxes in 2002-03.



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