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Clippers reportedly impressed with Lionel Hollins after second round of interviews

Jun 14, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

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Lionel Hollins completed a second round of interviews with the Clippers on Friday, and all indications are that he left the team impressed with his qualifications.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

The Clippers were impressed with Hollins’ basketball IQ, demeanor and his ability to develop players, the executives said.

“Everybody thought it went well,” one NBA executive said.

The Clippers, as you may recall, chose not to bring back Vinny Del Negro after he guided the team to a franchise-best 56 regular season wins, before seeing a Memphis Grizzlies team led by Hollins eliminate L.A. in the first round of the playoffs by overcoming a two-games- to-none deficit.

L.A. is believed to be struggling with the decision to either hire a veteran like Hollins with a proven history of success, or to go with a young rising star of the coaching ranks like Pacers assistant Brian Shaw who would be getting his first opportunity to lead from the head coaching position.

Shaw, as well as former Cavaliers and Hornets head coach Byron Scott, are scheduled to interview in Los Angeles next week.

If the Clippers do end up choosing Hollins, they may have some competition for his services. Hollins left Los Angeles and headed directly to Denver to meet with the Nuggets about their open position — one that was created after the team parted ways with George Karl following a long run of success that was very similar to how Hollins went out in Memphis.

  1. dirtydavis - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Clippers 2014 CHamps

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Doc doesn’t develop players so he’s out.

  3. Jorge Barake - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    “Shaw, as well as former Cavaliers and Hornets head coach Byron Scott, are scheduled to interview in Los Angeles next week.”

    This must be a mistake. They already interviewed this week.

  4. jadaruler - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Hope Hollins goes to the Clips, Shaw to Denver, Karl to Memphis, and Fizdale to Philly.

  5. saint1997 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Not G Karl?

  6. provguard - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    I don’t understand the logic? Memphis with Hollins, were a physical team. The Clippers have no physical players like Baby Gasol and Zach… Karl and Doc are probably too expensive… Who does CP3 want???

    • emosnar - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Doc’s contract is currently about 7 mil a year and he would be bringing KG with him. That is the only way CP3 is staying with the Clips MAYBE, unless they somehow get Dwight . . . Dwight who? Dwight around yo liiiips. I dunno. But The current interior make up of the Clippers won’t get the job done long term. I think they just may have reached their ceiling. Too late to mold a patent move (besides the dunk).

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