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Lionel Hollins says he hasn’t spoken with Pistons, is interested in job

Feb 12, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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When the Detroit Pistons fired Mo Cheeks as coach, a lot of eyes turned to Lionel Hollins.

He had coached a somewhat similar roster in Memphis (great front line, not much outside shooting) all the way to the conference finals twice, plus he was the kind of disciplinarian the Pistons ownership feels the team needs. Reports that the Pistons are eyeing Hollins came up quickly.

Hollins says there have been no conversations between him and the Pistons. Yet. But he’s interested.

Hollins is a regular host of shows on SiriusXM NBA Radio (channel 217) and when he was on Wednesday host Bill Lekas if there was interest from Detroit.

“I can’t tell you. I haven’t had any contact with them, nor has my agent. I’ve expressed to different media outlets that I would have an interest in listening to what they have to say. They have an intriguing team with some of the young big guys that they have. So I would definitely be interested in talking to them. I’m flattered by all the non-decision makers coming out and saying that the job is mine and I’m the first choice and they are coming after me. Well, none of that has happened and it only matters what the Detroit Pistons are thinking. Again, I’m flattered with the respect that has been shown me by some of the national media.”

That said, Hollins sees Detroit as an attractive situation.

“Well, I think the kid, [Andre] Drummond, can be an outstanding defensive center. He needs to obviously develop offensively but defensively and rebounding – which is a core of being a good team is being able to rebound – he’s coming along really well. [Greg] Monroe has shown that he can score and he’s a decent passer, good team player. They went and picked up Josh Smith. I think sometimes the three-headed monster is tough to play together but there’s ways to work around that. But I like Josh Smith. I like Brandon Jennings as a dynamic point guard who can put up a lot of points. I think they need to learn how to win. I think they need to learn how to play together on a consistent basis and play hard, but they’ve got some intriguing pieces that make me say, ‘Wow, there’s possibilities there.’”

Just something to watch. Pistons owner Tom Gores wants to win, but he also realizes that bringing in Hollins mid-season is not likely to make a dramatic change. He can make the move this summer and let Hollins have a full training camp to put his systems and discipline in place.

The other big question is who will be the general manager of the Pistons next summer? Current GM Joe Dumars is a Pistons legend but he is on a hot seat. The new GM may like the idea of Hollins, he may not, but if there is a new GM he should be in on the decision.

The bottom line here is if the Pistons are interested, so is Hollins.

  1. jimthebuilder27 - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Joe Dumars has fired how many coaches since he got the job, the team has been regressing badly, and has made poor trades and signings, yet he still has a job??

    Wouldn’t even consider the coaching job until that egomaniac is fired.

  2. jerdogthompson - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    That would be an upgrade for the Pistons, quite frankly I thought Memphis was foolish letting this guy walk.

  3. therealgrande - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I couldn’t believe Hollins didn’t get a job after what he turned Memphis into. He deserves a shot and right now, they might be better off with the interim HC. But, give Lionel a chance, with a training camp, bringing in his style putting his print on the team before the season you could drastic changes in Motown.

  4. sportsfan18 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM


    Don’t beg now. Everyone knows you want the job. You could do like many other Americans and offer to work for them for a bit without pay to prove you can do the job…

  5. drubyy1993 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    He’s not a damn intern

  6. spursareold - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Hollins is a dinosaur. He’s Art Howe in Moneyball, the disbeliever in advanced stats, and pretty open about it. Look at the direction that MLB took with managers, and you’ll see what future NBA coaches will be like. Anyone hiring him is putting their team in a holding pattern until he’s gone.

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