Hollins Wants To Stay With Grizzlies … What’s The Hold Up, Memphis?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – This is where the coaching carousel business starts to get a little silly.

The Grizzlies are coming off the greatest overall season in franchise history which included their first trip to the Western Conference finals. They have a solid roster and an excellent coach in Lionel Hollins, who has publicly expressed his desire to stick around and try to take the Grizzlies to that next level.

“Hopefully, I will be here,” Hollins said. “I love the guys. I love this city and the fans and everybody associated with the team. But we’ve got to be very, very realistic in what the future holds.”

When a man speaks like that, you have to wonder what’s not being said. What’s the hold up for the Grizzlies?

The Grizzlies are not going to publicly negotiate with their soon-to-be free-agent coach. And Hollins would be wise to use whatever leverage he has to get the deal he wants (and deserves). There are, after all, only four coaches in the league who can say they took their team to the postseason’s final four.

While a handful of teams around the league, including the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers (L.A. owner Donald Sterling was reportedly at Game 1 of the Western Conference finals observing Hollins) are searching for the right coaching fit or the next Hollins or Frank Vogel, the Grizzlies have the guy that fits perfectly with their roster under contract until June 30.

If it’s just numbers they are dealing with in the negotiations, fine. Both sides want the best deal possible, and there’s still time to haggle over details. But if there is more going on here, if there are some philosophical differences between Hollins, Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien and his front-office staff, there is no telling where things are headed.

If the Grizzlies think that a different coach can get the same things out of Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and the rest of a team that, up until being swept by the San Antonio Spurs, looked like a team built to compete for a championship, they better be sure.

Proven commodities in the coaching ranks don’t always pan out in every situation (just ask the Los Angeles Lakers how that Mike D’Antoni thing is working out). Hollins has already shown what he’s made of. He didn’t take over an elite team, but the Grizzlies have become exactly that under his stewardship.

Why anyone would want to tinker with that chemistry, with that tangible success, is beyond me!

Hollins wants to stay in Memphis. He loves his team, the city and the direction the franchise is heading in with the new ownership and management.

Sounds like a slam dunk.

What’s the hold up?

18 Comments

  1. Counte (@Reggielegendary) says:

    Philosophical differences. That’s why Hollins hasn’t re-signed. Moneyball strategy vs bball knowledge/experience.

  2. J says:

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    why on earth did i just write that?!anyway bring back hollins!

  3. Kamote says:

    The Memphis has over-achieved this year. Sure, getting swept by the Spurs leaves a bad taste, but let’s not deny the fact that the Grizz has done so much more than it should’ve had. If we also add that mid-season trade that not only deducted a scorer and bench players but also disrupted the team’s chemistry, Hollins did a great job keeping the team together despite of everything that has happened.

    What the team need is continuity with its core and the coaching staff, as what Indiana has done from last year. A little tweak in the roster (add a couple of shooters like Korver, R. Anderson) and a wing that can slash to the basket (even if not in Gay’s caliber), then they will get better. They need to give this core and line-up another chance next year. It isn’t like they’re like LAL, Boston, Dallas or SAS that are rushing things due to the small window left by their aging superstars. This team is still young and hasn’t reached its ceiling yet.

  4. Brandon says:

    Clippers should sign Hollins. Vinny is bad, so bad.
    Hollins turned a mediocre team into contenders. Lets see what he can do with a championship roster with the Clippers.

  5. I have to disagree with comments that he did a terrible job. This Grizz team are nothing but mediocre playoff team. But with a good coaching staff the team had a chance and competed like a team who would beat the Spurs but there are players who couldn’t adapt and are overrated. That makes the coach look bad if they do not perform. Let us face it. Only Conely and Bayless can create a shot for themselves the other guys are just waiting for a feed. Who most of the time scrambling and settling for an outside shot. Zbo is a good post up player playing against someone who is slightly taller than him and teams that are not defensively oriented OKC an LAC. This is expected. Lionel Hollins can go to Lakers and will surely create alot better result than D;Antoni who thinks on offense without defense. That is perfect fit for terrible job.

  6. Overrated says:

    Did everyone not notice how Memphis got swept by San Antonio? He did a terrible job. His team could not even get a win. I realise two games went to overtime, but the results speak for themselves.
    How is team morale when the coach is praising Tony Parker from the side line. I’m sure Mike Conely felt disrespected.
    I think OKC or the Clippers would have put up a better showing. It also didn’t help that everyone besides Gasol and Pondexter choked.

  7. Patty says:

    THE MEMPHIS ORGANIZATION DONOT WANT HOLLINS BECAUSE OF ONE THING. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
    HOLLINS HAS DONE A GREAT JOB.

    MR. LIONEL HOLLINS, AS MUCH AS I LOVE ZACH RANDOLPH, YOU MAY HAVE TO LEAVE HIM AND THE OTHER PLAYERS BECAUSE THE MEMPHIS ORGANIZATION HAVE DISRESPECTED YOU.

    GO WHERE THEY WILL RESPECT YOU AND PAY YOU.

    ALSO, TRADE TO GET ZACH RANDOLPH. Z-BO IS GREAT!!!

  8. LemW says:

    NBA Business : If anyone knows the LA Clipper weakness its Lionel Hollins. Therefore, LA Clipper would hire him. The clock is ticking until June 30 2013 Lionel Hollins contract expiration date for the Grizzlies franchise. Lionel Hollins may stay in Memphis after June 30 2013 but for a higher price because of demand?

  9. LemW says:

    If Memphis uses wisdom they will keep Lionel Hollins for two 2013 playoff reasons:
    1) Beat LA Clipper
    2) Beat OK Thunder

  10. What!! says:

    Also, there’s Tom Thibodeau and George Karl. Who did you forget in saying just four?

  11. What!! says:

    “There are, after all, only four coaches in the league who can say they took their team to the postseason’s final four.” Do some more research. Scott Brooks, Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra, Gregg Popovich, Rick Carlisle. I’m pretty sure that’s not four. And you can count Mike Brown, since he’s in Cleveland again.

  12. Sunny says:

    Hollins should have a meeting with the Clippers and let them put a value on him and ask Grizzlies to match. Like a RFA. I think he deserves $5-7 million per year. A 3 year contract which is probably this teams window to make deep playoff runs.

  13. What’s the hold up? Well that is an easy one: MONEY

    They never admit it but you can be sure that it is a matter.

    Ok with Lionel Hollins Memphis has a good coach & good results, we don’t need to argue about that. But is he the only one that can achieve this? If he goes to LAC I think that Vinny del Negro or Byron Scott can sign with the Grizz and can achieve quite the same results. And what is the current result: 1x 1st round, 1x 2nd round & 1x CF.

    Grizz did play great this year but no titles at all. So you might give someone else a chance here.

    • cuz they traded gay, speights and ellington…and hollins isnt a good coach…at all…he just has great players

      • BasketCase says:

        Dude, Troll much? I’ve never read a balanced well thought out response from you once. Maybe study the game a little more. For someone who spends so much time on these forums, you dont seem to know much about current NBA Basketball. I’d really like to know what you base your opinion of Lionel Hollins on? You cant run a top two defensive team without being a great coach. They played better since Gay was traded, and Lionel Hollins is one of the best coaches in the game right now, probably fourth or fifth best, he has driven a team of non superstars to an elite level, personally I’d put him behind Pop and Thibs alone this year.