HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

Brian Shaw? The fellow former Laker would certainly be a strong candidate but is in his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Kurt Rambis, the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach, current Lakers assistant and Jackson protégé? Who knows. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins? Perhaps. USA Today Sports

April 1, 2014 Updates

Though Hollins has enjoyed his time away from coaching, don’t get the wrong idea. Hollins would have liked nothing more than to have been on the bench with the Grizzlies when they played Portland at the Moda Center on Sunday. He’d love to be coaching Memphis, or another team, when the playoffs arrive in a couple of weeks. “Of course,” Hollins says when asked if he’d like to return to the coaching ranks. “I miss coaching. What I miss is the teaching ... the development of the team and the players. ... the players working together and watching them grasp it mentally, and then have them go out and do it physically.” Portland Tribune

Life is uncomplicated for Lionel Hollins these days. “It seemed like they had their minds made up when they came in,” Hollins says. “They had an agenda of how they wanted to do things, and what they wanted to spend. I didn’t fit into that. “I can accept that. It’s their prerogative. But when you look at the big picture, you say, ‘Wow, you’ve had some pretty good success.’ If I were at FedEx, for instance, I wouldn’t fire the employees who made it successful.” Portland Tribune

The night the Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs, Hollins and his then-agent, Warren LeGarie, met with Levien for 2 1/2 hours. “When I walked out of there, I thought I was coming back,” Hollins says. Levien offered no public explanation, issuing only a statement that the club had decided to go in a different direction and thanking the coach for his work with the franchise. Portland Tribune

“I have no problems with John,” Hollins says. “I have no problems with analytics. The only problem I have is with the idea there’s just one way to do things. You look for every advantage and whatever tools you can utilize to help your team be better. Part of that is having relationships with the players I have to deal with every day. “It’s not just numbers. I’m dealing with emotions and egos and sensitivities and insecurities. It’s easy to say these guys need to play so many minutes and this group is the best group to have on the floor at the particular time. It’s not cut and dried like that. Portland Tribune

“I want to be perfectly clear, I have no problems with analytics. I expressed that to management here. If there is a sophisticated mechanism to help us win, I’m all for it. But there has to be a balance. I don’t think basketball is as numbers-oriented as baseball, for instance. A coach knows who he can count upon at different times during a game. It’s why I trusted Zach (Randolph) to walk up there and make free throws at the end of a game. It’s a feeling that has nothing to do with numbers. The experiences a coach has cannot be discarded completely.” Portland Tribune

Hollins was against the trade of Gay, an important piece to the Grizzlies’ success. “But I didn’t speak out on the trade,” Hollins contends. “I was asked a question. I said I hated to trade Rudy. We were winning, and it was the best team we’ve had, with him on the floor. With (Pera and Levien), it was economics. I understand small-market economics. Champagne taste, bare budget. They chose to go that way because it saved a lot of money. “If you want to make a decision, be up-front and tell everybody why. That’s fine. But don’t try to say it’s because of a young player’s inefficiency. That’s not why you traded him.” Portland Tribune

“Again, that’s OK,” Hollins says. “But don’t put out there that they got rid of the coach because he doesn’t communicate well, he’s too hard on players, that they want to create a friendly culture. That’s all propaganda. Just say, ‘His numbers were too high for what we wanted to pay.’ “ Hollins is reluctant to speak on the subject. Only with prodding from a reporter he has known since 1977 is he willing to reveal such thoughts. “For a while, it was very hard to accept,” he says. “For a while, I was in a depressed state. When something like that happens, you blame yourself. You wonder what you could have done differently. “At some point, you come to grips with it. It had nothing to do with me. They made that decision because that’s the decision they wanted to make.” Portland Tribune

March 21, 2014 Updates

Well you mention that, and that certainly makes me think back on the dynamics in place when you were hired. Do you feel like you're making your own way and getting out from Lionel's shadow at this point, or does that cross your mind? Dave Joerger: Um, it's not something that I spent a lot of time thinking about, to be honest with you. It has rolled off me because I wasn't involved in it. You know what I'm saying? I happened to be the guy standing here who gets the job, yes. But that's a third- or fourth-party thing. So I've got a job to do that I absolutely love and guys who I love to go coach every day, so I'm not trying to pass off the question. But really, I have so much stuff to think about that that's not something I haven't given a whole lot of time to think about, to be honest with you. USA Today Sports

March 7, 2014 Updates

Randolph has heard the league-wide speculation that Woodson will be replaced at season’s end, with Anthony likely to have a say in whom the next coach will be. On that topic, Randolph was emphatic that the Knicks can’t go wrong by hiring his old Memphis coach, Lionel Hollins. “Guys will respect him,” Randolph said. “And he will prepare the team as well as anybody. He holds people accountable. He’ll get on you to play defense. He got on me. But he made us better.” New York Daily News

February 18, 2014 Updates

The disappointing sweep by the Spurs was the beginning of a summer of discontent for the fans. Nearly a month later, Hollins was gone. "I achieved a considerable amount of success during the time I was here," Hollins said. "Taking a team that previously won 22 games a year, taking young players who hadn't done anything and developing them into a winner, here's finally an opportunity for me to reap the rewards financially, and it didn't happen." The fans were hurt and angry. Hollins said he felt hurt, thought hurt, and felt he was wronged, but that life just isn't fair. "No matter who you are there are going to be trials and tribulations in this life, and you have to trust God to get you through them and move forward," Hollins said. My FOX Memphis

Was there anything he could have done that would have kept him with the Grizzlies? Hollins said he's heard he was too stubborn and didn't work well with the organization, but denies that a member of management walked onto the court and instructed a player on how to play. The real story: they were doing a drill, a kid in a corner shot a three-pointer and one of the management guys jumped out and challenged his shot from the sideline. "The only thing that made it a big deal is that it was during practice and I reacted, I mean I went livid, just like if a player messed up in a certain setting I may go livid." After practice was over, Hollins went up and said I'm sorry and the man apologized, too. They talked about it. "Unfortunately it came out that I was trying to show management up but that's not what happened. There was no conversation between management, person, or the player." My FOX Memphis

But what about the players, how did Hollins end his career with the Grizzlies players -- Zac Randolph, who was doubted at first by fans, Marc Gasol, and Tony Allen. "I saw them as having their own vision, own plan," Hollins said. "I could take them not wanting me but I couldn't take them trying to destroy my reputation and credibility." My FOX Memphis

February 17, 2014 Updates
February 12, 2014 Updates

Turning the tables, I opened the segment — even though I was the interviewee — by asking Hollins why he wasn’t in Detroit taking command of the Pistons after the firing of Maurice Cheeks. Hollins came right out and said he is interested in the job, but that nobody from Detroit had reached out to contact him. SheridanHoops

Lionel Hollins on coaching the Pistons: "I would have an interest if they contacted me, but there has been no contacts at this time. I appreciate Marc Stein, Sam Amick and these guys that have come out and said that I'm their first choice and that's why they made the move. It's flattering." SheridanHoops

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