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Lakers Rumors: Team Plans To Interview Lionel Hollins For Coaching Job

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After the NBA draft lottery where the Los Angeles Lakers landed the seventh pick in this year’s draft, the team started interviewing potential candidates to fill their vacant head coaching position.

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This past week, the Lakers interviewed Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Byron Scott and according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has emerged as a candidate for the franchise:

Lionel Hollins has emerged as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Lakers management plans to interview Hollins later this week, league sources said.

While the first two candidates have ties to the Lakers organization, Hollins has had the most recent success. As the former coach of the Grizzlies, Hollins led them to three straight playoffs appearances including trips to the Western Conference Finals and conference semifinals. He also won a championship with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 and was an All-Star in 1978.

After allowing the second most points in the NBA this season, the Lakers are looking for a defensive-minded coach and Hollins is a strong choice. The Grizzlies were one of the best defensive teams in the league and Hollins has a strong personality that would likely appeal to Kobe Bryant.
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  • Eli

    Hiring Lionel Hollins brings the Lakers instant credible and respectable stature.The Lakers will no longer be frowned upon if they hire Lionel.People will actually take the Lakers seriously again.Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak will be praised and popular among media and fans.Things will be exciting again for us fans.

  • Eli

    Lakers need to step up to the plate and make a substantial offer to Lionel.Something even he can’t refuse…Make it worth his while…Have fun ya’ll…

  • Eli

    I wonder if Lionel will dress like Steve Harvey on the Lakers sidelines lol.Yup lol.

  • Jarvis

    Ya hire him he is a great coach.Lakers all the way.

  • Kliffrichard

    my top 12 consider contenders next head coach LA Lakers
    1.Quin Snyder atlanta hawks
    2.Dave Fizdale Heat
    3.Pete Myers Warriors
    4.Chad Iske 76ers
    5 john welch nets
    6 Chip Engelland Spurs
    7 Rex Kalamian okc thunder
    8 Tyronn Lue clippers
    9 Kelvin Sampson houston rockets
    10 andy greer bulls
    11 fred hoiberg Iowa State
    12 Tom Izzo Michigan State

  • Marvin

    Lets just start a celebration if we hire Lionel Hollins.Time to restore order in Laker Land.It’s time to bring back defense and rebounding.Time to feature Kobe in the offense heavily once again.It’s winning time and nobody is better than Lionel Hollins at coaching in the NBA.

    Lionel is a very experienced coach that paid his dues as a assistant coach for several years in Phoenix with some of those great Suns teams with Charles Barkley,Kevin Johnson,Dan Majerle,Tom Chambers,Danny Ainge also he worked with the Grizzlies first as a assistant coach so he has paid his dues in the NBA to get this opportunity of a lifetime to coach the best historical franchise in the NBA looking for a return to prominence under the watchful eyes of Lionel Hollins.It is a great idea to hire Lionel Hollins,he seems to fit the Lakers direction.

    I think that Lionel can help the Lakers gain back some of their mojo.He can bring in his way of doing things and bring a defense and rebounding culture with him.The Lakers front office must bring in the players needed to achieve the goals set in place.The Lakers know their window with Kobe is closing it’s a 2 year window with Kobe and then his contract is up and he will likely retire,so it’s now or never for Kobe to win ring #6 bringing in Lionel as the Lakers head coach would aid the Lakers in many ways.Great choice for a coach by the Lakers.

  • borsalino12

    Lionel Hollins is the best coaching choice for the Lakers. As a defensive specialist, he will take Kyle Lowry at the point and one of the available big men – M.Gortat or Sp.Hawes and sure, will like to draft Arizona’s A.Gordon to defend other teams best player.So yes, out of all of the names mentioned here, Hollins and Ettore Messina are the best choices. They can build a program and work with it.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    People talk about the defensive style Hollins brings, and how he would turn the Lakers into a defensive minded ball club. My question then is how? Would he do it with a roster similar to last season, or would we need some revamping over the next couple seasons?

    Also, I’ve read in the comments and via some articles that he’s great at developing young PGs. Does that mean KMarsh? Or do we hope to draft Marcus Smart for him to work with?

    If he brings a hard nosed approach to coaching, how is that going to work with Kobe? Do FAs want to play for him? Will the issues with the Memphis FO occur with LA?

    Who would he likely bring in as assistants? How talented is he in coaching offensive minded players like Kobe, or potentially Love in the future?

    So many questions, as I don’t know squat about Hollins. I do love the idea of defense. Always been a fan of defensive minded squads with a serious post presence.

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