Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 7:15 pm  |  10 responses

Lionel Hollins Out as Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach

Despite his wish to return, things didn’t look good for Lionel Hollins and the Memphis Grizzlies after their season ended. And they’re not. The Commercial Appeal reports that Hollins will not re-unite with the Grizz next seasons: “Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was informed Monday evening that his contract would not be renewed, thus ending his reign as the most successful leader on the bench in team history, sources said. Hollins’ contract is scheduled to expire June 30 but the Griz have decided to go in a different direction because of ‘philosophical differences,’ according to sources close to Griz management. Under Hollins, the Griz reached the Western Conference Finals after winning a franchise-record 56 games in the regular season. The franchise improved its record every season Hollins was coach. The Griz will now consider former Denver coach George Karl and former Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry, along with Griz assistant coach David Joerger as a replacement, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans.”

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  • KingBenjamin

    What a damn shame.

    The guy turns an awful team into a championship contender and gets
    them to the WCF for the first time in the franchise’s history, and he
    gets fired.

    The Grizzlies management ought to be ashamed for being so cheap. Feel
    bad for the players and the fans, the Grizzlies management is just
    going to end up blowing this team up and not re-signing Tony Allen and
    they’ll end up trading Zach Randolph.

    The Grizzlies will miss out on the Playoffs next year and will be back to being the laughing stock of the NBA.

  • Fitzy

    I blame John Hollinger

  • Cartel

    They must’ve felt that he was definitely NOT returning…They didn’t wanna look stupid in the end. Let’s be honest though, George Karl being available more than likely caused that decision…

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Why would they do this? Hollins was the perfect coach for this time. As much as I like Karl, I think it will take them at least a full season to adjust to his system if that is the direction they are going.

    Then again, I was convinced trading Rudy Gay was a bad idea for them. That seemed to have turned out well. Maybe the Grizzlies have a plan. The NBA is more interesting when they are winning, so I hope they do.

  • JML-G

    small market teams just want to suffer and does everything to give up all success to big market teams lol.. Thunder, Grizzlies, Nuggets been perfect examples in last two summers

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol at people

  • Max

    You will be missed.
    I like Alvin Gentry alot also.
    Him and Lionel could be brothers.

  • Ugh

    “Philosophical differences” = he believes that coaches that lead their team to the WCF should be paid a lot, we believe they should be paid the same as when the team could barely scratch the playoffs.

  • lights out

    agree w you that letting hollins go is a mistake, but the rest seems a bit dramatic.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Hollins questioned management. Mainly.