HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

February 12, 2014 Updates

Hollins is a regular host of shows on SiriusXM NBA Radio (channel 217) and when he was on Wednesday host Bill Lekas if there was interest from Detroit. “I can’t tell you. I haven’t had any contact with them, nor has my agent. I’ve expressed to different media outlets that I would have an interest in listening to what they have to say. They have an intriguing team with some of the young big guys that they have. So I would definitely be interested in talking to them. I’m flattered by all the non-decision makers coming out and saying that the job is mine and I’m the first choice and they are coming after me. Well, none of that has happened and it only matters what the Detroit Pistons are thinking. Again, I’m flattered with the respect that has been shown me by some of the national media.” NBCSports.com

That said, Hollins sees Detroit as an attractive situation. “Well, I think the kid, [Andre] Drummond, can be an outstanding defensive center. He needs to obviously develop offensively but defensively and rebounding – which is a core of being a good team is being able to rebound – he’s coming along really well. [Greg] Monroe has shown that he can score and he’s a decent passer, good team player. They went and picked up Josh Smith. I think sometimes the three-headed monster is tough to play together but there’s ways to work around that. But I like Josh Smith. I like Brandon Jennings as a dynamic point guard who can put up a lot of points. I think they need to learn how to win. I think they need to learn how to play together on a consistent basis and play hard, but they’ve got some intriguing pieces that make me say, ‘Wow, there’s possibilities there.’” NBCSports.com

February 10, 2014 Updates

The only sensible scenario to explain Cheeks exiting first in 2013-14, before Woodson or anyone else, is because the Pistons want to make a run at, say, the very available Lionel Hollins before anyone else has a chance. ESPN.com

Hollins was immediately identified Sunday by sources close to the situation as a prime target for Detroit after the Pistons’ failed attempts last summer to convince him to work as an assistant on Cheeks’ staff. If the Pistons brought him in right away, to lend a strong voice and hard edge to a young team that would appear to need some guidance, then the timing of Sunday’s announcement starts to make sense. ESPN.com

February 9, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2013 Updates

Pera's braintrust -- CEO Jason Levien, director of player personnel Stu Lash and former ESPN.com writer John Hollinger, now Memphis's Vice President of Basketball Operations -- thought Joerger, Hollins's defensive coordinator the last two seasons, would be more receptive to using the advanced numbers in developing and coaching both the current roster and new players that they valued highly. Management wanted to be able to make suggestions, sit in on coaches' meetings, have a true collaborative effort. They viewed it as similar to the arrangements between the front office and coaching staffs in Miami and San Antonio, which was true -- discussion and argument amongst the staff are a major part of those organizations. NBA.com

December 12, 2013 Updates
December 9, 2013 Updates

“Why would you hire a guy with no wins in the NBA and get rid of another guy who took you to 56 wins?” Hecker said. “Just from a strict business standpoint, why? They were afraid of Lionel, because they couldn’t control Lionel. … Joerger, because he had worked it so hard, they felt comfortable with him. They said they didn’t need Lionel, they could just hire (Joerger). He was taking all the credit, basically, anyway.” Sporting News

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