Lionel Hollins Rumors
“I miss the action of teaching,” Hollins said. “I miss practice. I miss seeing guys get it and run forward with it. To me, that’s the big thing about coaching that I like. I like going to practice. I like teaching. I do miss it and I hope to get back. Maybe somebody will give me an opportunity to coach again. If they don’t, I’ve had a grand life, I’ve had a grand career both playing and coaching. And if basketball is not in my future, I think I could deal with it. It’s not something I want, cause I’m not ready.”
If he doesn’t hit the hardwood again as a coach, he said he can see himself staying involved with youth basketball in a development role. “I’ve been developing a little bit of a personal brand and speaking, doing coaches clinics, doing basketball camps. I wouldn’t even mind going into the front office. The juices and the energy for coaching is still there and the passion. If you sit and watch games with me, you’d probably say, ‘dang, you’re not even coaching.’ I’m yelling at referees, I’m rewinding plays. My son-in-law sits and watches with me, I’m rewinding plays and showing him things that could’ve made the play happen and showing him players who aren’t getting whatever the coach is trying to show them and all those kinds of things that you do as a coach.”
Hollins comes from a time when racism was evident in sports, but he agrees that it wasn’t always overt or blatant during his player era. “Racism isn’t always [overt and blatant], and that’s why a lot of people don’t believe that it’s still racism. But it was subtle coming in a league and having the Knicks be called the Nigger Bockers, which is because they had an all-black team. Having black players that were on the end of the bench not kept because there had to be a certain amount of white people … I recall when I played for the Blazers and we drafted a kid and you would’ve thought he was going to be the savior. He was on the side buses, he was on the milk cartons and the billboards and all that, but he never got off the bench. This was 1975. So we are talking about seven years removed from Martin Luther King’s death.”
Officially, Lopez has played for Nets coaches Lawrence Frank, Avery Johnson, Lionel Hollins and Kidd, as well as interim coaches Tom Barrise, Kiki Vandeweghe, P.J. Carlesimo and Tony Brown. Asked recently to go through his mental Rolodex of coaches, Lopez struggled. “L-Frank,” he began, attempting to name them sequentially. “T.B., Kiki, Avery, J-Kidd… No?”
Mark Berman: #Rockets appear to be focusing on Mike D’Antoni and Stephen Silas as they search for a new head coach. While Mike D’Antoni remains a strong possibility to become the Rockets next head coach sources confirm Stephen Silas is getting serious consideration, and if that’s the case Lionel! Hollins would be his top assistant.