Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  15 responses

Lionel Hollins’ Future Murky With Playoffs Approaching

The Memphis Grizzlies’ front-office have yet to decide what to do with head coach Lionel Hollins, who is in the third and final year of his deal. They may be waiting to see how the team performs in the postseason. Per the Commercial Appeal: “Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins doesn’t think his future in Memphis is tied to how far the team advances in the playoffs. His players certainly don’t believe a contract extension for Hollins should come down to the postseason. ‘You have to look at it as a whole in terms of what coach has done for this team and this city. He’s changed the whole mentality and the culture as far as professional basketball,’ center Marc Gasol said. ‘You have to give him the credit. The team has improved every year. And every member of the core group has grown because our coach keeps pushing us to do more. I don’t see myself playing for another coach. I just don’t see it.’ [...] Griz management has not laid out criteria for Hollins, either. Majority owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien have tinkered with the roster while continuing to afford Hollins coaching autonomy. But there is a growing perception that the organization could be waiting to see whether the team advances past the first round after losing an opening-round Game 7 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers last year. Hollins doesn’t believe that is the case. [...] A source with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ thinking said new ownership has reached a comfort level with Hollins but prefers to initiate contract talks as soon as the season ends.”

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Timberlake needs to get involved. Everything else he’s done this year has gone pretty well.

  • RedDragon10

    Oh that makes sense. Fire the coach that finally got you in to the playoffs after that debacle with Pao Gasol.

  • Max

    That would be a really dumb move.
    Most underrated coach in the L?

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    The fallout they would have by not signing him back should be more than enough reason to keep him. Memphis won’t pay to watch shitty basketball… but good basketball will keep the fans coming back year in, year out.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Raps should jump on this if the Grizz let him go. Casey just doesn’t have it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he has been so good with them. if they don’t extend him, who is out there that would be a better coach for this team?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    looks like every coach in the L is in hot water.

  • bike

    It would be epically stupid to get rid of a coach with that much player support. Players can get a coach fired easily so they should have equal clout when it comes to retaining one.

  • LP

    exactly, what have you done for me lately type league…

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    Mike D’antoni!….lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    aint that the truth. seems like the world is on that what have you done for me tip lately.

  • roscoe

    sorry to jump on your msg but i’d argue e.spol might be even more underrated & i dig LH

  • roscoe

    i agree it would not be wise, but look at like this, he went to the media and basically threw the front office under the bus regarding rudyG.

    u can’t cross the boss in any profession. he is done in MEM imo.

  • Max

    Oh yeah, that’s true, he catches alot of Heat…
    When they lose and doesn’t get enough credit when they win.
    COY candidate most definitly.

  • http://twitter.com/ard1019 aundre dollete

    if doing well in the playoffs is all there is to it, hey there are 15 teams that won’t become NBA champs this year, so do we fire them all??or let’s play musical chairs