Hollins has a track record of recent success with the Memphis Grizzlies and being unceremoniously let go after management wanted to go in a different direction. Hollins coached Memphis from 2008 to 2013, amassing a record of 196-158 (55.3%) and was 18-17 in the postseason.
In his last season, the Grizzlies made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. He also coached the team for four games in 2004-2005 as the interim head coach and he also spent one season as a head coach with Vancouver Grizzlies when they went 18-42 before relocating to Memphis.
The team has already interviewed former Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy and former showtime star Byron Scott. Hollins is probably the best coach (of the three) for the job and would bring a defensive coach to a team that allowed 109.2 points per game, 29th in the NBA. Kobe Bryant would have to be a huge fan of Hollins no-nonsense and accountability coaching style. Kobe’s desire to win is unparalleled in the league and Hollins is known as a tenacious and gritty head coach, the two should get along.
Hollins would be a solid hire and should be pursued and reeled in as soon as possible so they can target players that would fit his coaching style. For those that need it translated: they to get some really good defenders.
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