Report: Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins ‘red-flagged’ as health concern and will sit out NBA’s Orlando return
Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins was “red-flagged” as a health concern and will not join the team in Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Hollins is 66, so he’s at further risk of contracting COVID-19 and getting symptoms of the deadly virus. The 2019-20 season is set to resume on July 30 at Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida.
Hollins was hired last summer by the Lakers to be one of Frank Vogel’s assistants, along with Hall of Famer Jason Kidd. The former NBA combo guard has coached the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets. He had an overall regular-season record of 262-272 and a postseason mark of 20-21 in his time with Memphis and Brooklyn.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, who is 69, has received clearance to coach the Rockets in the Orlando restart. New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry (65) and San Antonio Spurs legend Gregg Popovich (71) are expected to be in Orlando as well.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. With superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way, Los Angeles has a good shot of winning the 2020 Finals.
The Lakers’ eight seeding games have the team taking on the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.
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