HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

December 5, 2013 Updates

The NBA is back on SiriusXM! SiriusXM NBA Radio launches Monday, Dec. 9, on SiriusXM channel 217. Hosts on the channel will include former players and coaches, and the best analysts and play-by-play voices in the business, including Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Nancy Lieberman, Stacey King, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Sam Mitchell. Sirius XM

December 1, 2013 Updates

Over the summer, Hollins said he had an opportunity to join Maurice Cheeks' staff with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach but declined. "I had done it [serve as an assistant coach] for a long time before I was given the opportunity to be a head coach," Hollins said. "But my thought process was, 'I've established myself as a head coach. I'd like to stay in that state at the moment.' But if it didn't work out, yeah, I'd go back and be an assistant coach. I'd go to college and be a head coach there, if I had the opportunity. But my thought process is to be a professional head coach." ESPN.com

Nice as the time off has been, however, Hollins is ready to return to the NBA. "I believe I've established myself as a head coach and I'd like another opportunity to show that [my success] wasn't a fluke," Hollins said. "I feel like I've proven I can take a young team and develop it, then sustain what I've done by what I did in the last five years in Memphis." ESPN.com

Hollins, who still makes his home in Memphis, declined to comment about his exit from the Grizzlies. He said that he has tried to keep a distance from his former players as well, out of respect for new coach Dave Joerger, who was an assistant for him last season. He occasionally runs into Tony Allen, whose wife is close with Hollins' wife. He also sent a text message to center Marc Gasol recently, after he suffered a knee injury. ESPN.com

November 18, 2013 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has seen his stock continue to rise because of his old team's slow start. After winning a franchise-record 56 regular season games in Hollins' final season and reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, the Grizzlies — who are now run by rookie head coach and former Memphis assistant Dave Joerger — are hovering around .500. Hollins, make no mistake, is waiting eagerly in the wings for his next challenge. USA Today Sports

November 10, 2013 Updates

The sense among coaches is that front offices are minimizing their importance, beginning to see them as interchangeable. When it has come time to reward coaches who have won, teams have shown reluctance, and, in two notable examples, chose to replace a successful coach with a younger, cheaper alternative. That happened in Denver, where reigning Coach of the Year George Karl was let go when he could not come to an agreement on a contract, replaced by Brian Shaw. It happened, too, in Memphis, where Dave Joerger took over for Lionel Hollins after Hollins led the team to the conference finals. Neither Shaw nor Joerger had previous head coaching experience. Sporting News

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October 23, 2013 Updates

Those days are gone. The combination of seeing a host of 50-plus-win coaches get the axe (Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, George Karl) and new faces taking charge of basketball operations for nearly one-third of the league has many executives less worried about the formula for success than the formula for survival. “The rhetoric from the owners about their expectations is at an all-time obscene level,” said one former executive who remains plugged in with his former colleagues. Bleacher Report

October 6, 2013 Updates

Karl reached the NBA Finals once in 25 years as a head coach but racked up 1,131 victories and helped resurrect franchises in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Denver.He is considered a brilliant offensive mind. “There are a lot of truths that change,” he said. “You win 57 games and win Coach of the Year, the truth was it probably did once create security, but the truth now is it doesn’t. “Lionel Hollins did a great job. The truth is when you do a great job, you should be able to be kept. In today’s world, it’s different. The truth to that is if you don’t adjust to that, you’re probably not going to survive.” Boston Globe

September 30, 2013 Updates

He is a coach. "I hear Marc Gasol say, 'Coach helped us grow as players, and also as men,' " Hollins said Friday. "That means a lot to me. Because I believe it's my responsibility to help these young players become better men. All these young guys, I think we had three -- Tony Allen, Rudy [Gay] and Marc -- got married this summer. Next summer, Darrell [Arthur] and Mike [Conley] are getting married. Letting them know that [basketball] is just a small part of your life." NBA.com

August 23, 2013 Updates
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Peter Vecsey: Don't know if it's news to you but it was news to me when told today Lionel Hollins turned down offer to become Maurice Cheeks' top aide. Twitter @PeterVecsey1

June 27, 2013 Updates
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And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

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