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Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  8 responses

Lionel Hollins Reportedly Could Be Out as Grizzlies Head Coach


According to multiple published reports, contract extension talks have broken down between Memphis and head coach Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies could have a new bench boss next season. Per Yahoo! Sports: “After talks on a contract extension stalled over the weekend with what one source calls ‘major philosophical differences,’ coach Lionel Hollins is likely done as the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources say. [...] After several days of talks among management, Hollins and his representation, the sides were unable to seriously consider terms of a potential contract because of hurdles that they couldn’t clear with how new management wants the coach to fit into the franchise’s belief systems, sources said. [...] Since the analytics-driven new ownership group of Robert Pera took over control of the franchise this season, there’s been dramatic conflict between management and Hollins. Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien has given vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger significant latitude in constructing the roster and a philosophy. Management wants a coach willing to buy into the analytic movement, using those mechanisms to make roster, lineup and system decisions. Hollins has resented what he considers undue interference by management, and has stood by his track record and success in maintaining productivity with a roster of diverse and difficult personalities. During the Grizzlies’ playoff run, tensions turned to a confrontation when Hollins exploded during a practice session upon finding Hollinger had walked onto the practice court and engaged forward Austin Daye during a shooting drill, multiple sources said.”

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    Utterly ridiculous. Since he’s been with this organztion he made the Grizzlies a force in the Western Conference. Although they have peaked as a team, a coaching change will not get them over the hump and put them in the finals. Especially since they have no one besides Mike Conley and Jared Bayless who can create their own shot. They had a pretty good player in Rudy Gay who could do that also…..oh yeah they traded him. Hollins is a great coach but that’s the nature of the business; your hired to be fired. But I expect him to be a hot coaching commodity once he leaves Memphis. Possibly the Brooklyn Nets next coach.

  • Max

    Nooo :(

  • shockexchange

    First they get rid of Rudy Gay and now this? The Shock Exchange is outraged.

  • spit hot fiyah

    hollinger seems chill. hey austin, u down for some shooting drills, it’s not you are playing when it counts anyways

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    the team is ran by cheap idiots.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    the team is ran by cheap idiots. may this team be in the lottery for a minute

  • jedi420

    As a Vancouverite and original Grizzly this does not surprise me.. horrible ownership and management has plagued this franchise since day one.. After the teams best finish in franchise history what to do..hmm.. let’s fire the coach. All they need to do now is sign up Stevie Franchise for a comeback and the cycle will be complete..At least poor Steve might understand where he is on a map now that he wouldn’t have to travel ”all the way up there!!”

  • MikeC.

    So whose philosophy was it to field a team with no outside shooting?

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