Lionel Hollins says he would love to coach Grizzlies again
Lionel Hollins says he would love to coach the Memphis Grizzlies again if the franchise reached out to him.
The Grizzlies are currently looking for a new head coach after firing J.B. Bickerstaff after the season ended.
Does Lionel Hollins (@LionelHollins14) want to coach the Grizzlies again?
"No question, this is where my heart is."
— Clayton Collier (@Local24Clayton) May 15, 2019
Hollins has coached the Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets. He has an overall regular season record of 262-272 and a postseason mark of 20-21. Hollins was an assistant coach with the Grizzlies from 1995-2007. He became the full-time head coach in 2008 and was fired after the 2013 season.
Memphis secured the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They are widely expected to select Murray State point guard Ja Morant. Hollins did a great job developing the game of Mike Conley, so he could probably do the same for Morant, who averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 10.0 assists per game this season at Murray State.
The Grizzlies are looking to build their team around young big man Jaren Jackson Jr. If Memphis does draft Morant, the team could look to trade Conley this summer. The Grizzlies almost traded Conley at the February trade deadline after sending Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors.
Memphis has missed the playoffs two years in a row after making it seven-straight seasons.
The team needs to find the right man to lead the organization moving forward.