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Report: Nets interested in Memphis’ Lionel Hollins if Grizzlies let him go

May 10, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

Lionel Hollins AP

Lionel Hollins is a busy man right now. His Memphis Grizzlies are in the second round of the NBA playoffs, coming home tied 1-1 with the chance to take control of their series against Oklahoma City if they can put together a couple wins.

But still, there is background speculation about his job as coach. For one, his contract is up after this season. Next, the decidedly old-school Hollins ripped the idea of advanced basketball statistics early this year, that despite a new Grizzlies owner who is a numbers guy, and said owner put in a new front office that is numbers friendly (including former ESPN writer John Hollinger). There is a question of fit and how all this meshes, so there is speculation Hollins could be allowed to walk this summer.

If he is, the Nets are interested, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.

The Nets have already reached out to Phil Jackson, who said “no thanks.” Former Phil Jackson assistant Brian Shaw is expected to get a look there, and maybe even Larry Brown among others.

The Nets coaching hire is big for them — GM Billy King has put together a roster that is gong to be pretty hard to change much for a couple years, so any hope for improvement has to come from getting more out of what they have. They have to ad some creativity and versatility on the offensive end.

Maybe Hollins could do that, but I have a feeling after this playoff run he is staying in Memphis.

  1. kingbeason52 - May 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    The Nets job has to be the best-worst opening in the league..Knowing that you have a talented group that will probably never make it out of the East

  2. fventricle - May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Why would the grizzlies release Hollins? He’s doing a pretty decent job and if he manages to upset the OKC, I do not see how the GM could even consider releasing him.

    • unxpexted1 - May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Like the article mentions, Lionel Hollins and this ownership group have been at odds since they’ve come on, especially when they hired John Hollinger. And he was very, VERY, open about how against he was to the Rudy Gay trade. Just saying, if they release Hollins, it wont be for basketball reasons.

    • fm31970 - May 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Did you read the article above?? The Memphis front office is sabermetrics savvy, while Hollins is not that type. Translation = not a good match.

      Yes, he’s a no-B.S., straight shooter type coach, and there are a few teams who would love to have as their next coach. I would LOVE it if he became the Bucks next coach, but the old school style doesn’t work as well in today’s NBA as it used to, so finding a good coach-to-player fit is important.

      He may be a good fit in NJ where they don’t have much roster flexibility, but would he really want to coach that team? I actually think Hollins would do well in Los Angeles coaching the Clippers, but they’d need to move Jordan to make it work. O.J. Mayo was a problem for Memphis and Hollins, and they’re better off with him gone, but the Clippers roster is veteran heavy, with a few younger guys to round it out– much like Memphis’ roster.

      He’s a very under-appreciated coach IMHO.

    • juanandonly24 - May 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Yeah seriously this honestly speaks more about how desperate the Nets are at this point. You can’t blame them for trying to get these big names, but at some point you have to be realistic in what to expect. Phil Jackson and this?

  3. zblott - May 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    A) I’m not sure even Grizz GM Chris Wallace is dumb enough to let Hollins walk, but he has pulled some monumental doozies over the years, so you never know.
    B) Good to see Chris Broussard managed to report something without making a horrendous comment about the way someone else chose to live their life and trying to back it up with his interpretation of what God wants.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Your second point could have been kept to yourself.

  4. yousuxxors - May 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Charles Barkley best quote about the nets was ” talent is overrated”

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      He also said that they were better than the Knicks (who led the division wire to wire) and that the Nets would win the East. Who cares what he thinks? He can’t even bring himself to be objective about the Knicks, which should disqualify anything he says about the East — given that the Knicks will have a great deal to do with who wins the East.

  5. nawlinsmitty - May 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    zblott… are a prime example of why this world has gone crazy. No belief in God, and criticism of those who do.

    • phaden27 - May 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
      I’m pretty sure the world was crazy before an outburst of atheists, thanks.

    • zblott - May 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Who says I have no belief in God? How did I criticize someone for believing in God? I simply don’t feel the need to tell others my views while discussing basketball and how my interpretation of God is why someone else is going to Hell like Broussard did.

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