NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Trying To Lure Lionel Hollins As Assistant

NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Trying To Lure Lionel Hollins As Assistant


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The Lakers have interviewed a number of coaches over the last few weeks and while some have emerged as favorites according to those close to the situation, one name that has remained popular among fans is former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

Hollins did not get his contract renewed by Memphis despite leading the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in 2013 and has interviewed for a number of jobs this season. Only the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers remain without a coach, but another team is trying to bring Hollins on their staff according to ESPN’s Marc Stein:

The Houston Rockets are making a hard push to convince former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to join Kevin McHale’s staff as an assistant, according to sources close to the process.

Stein’s report also noted that it will be pretty difficult to convince Hollins to become an assistant, at least while there are still open head coaching positions. Hollins wants to be a head coach in the NBA, and is unlikely to take a step down, especially after the success he enjoyed in Memphis.

Hollins is still a very real possibility for the Lakers job as he brings a defensive mindset to a team that had nothing of the sort last season. His knowledge on that end is likely the reason that Houston would love to have him on their staff as the Rockets’ defense ranked near the bottom of the league.

Perhaps if Hollins is passed over for both the Lakers and Cavaliers positions, he would consider going to Houston as an assistant, but even then, that seems unlikely.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    That would be stupid of Lionel Hollins to accept a assistant coaching job anywhere.He must try being patient and wait and see if the Lakers offer him the head coaching job.Also Cleveland is a viable option to get a head coaching gig at.

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  • Laker Illuminati

    NO No NO We have to get this guy. We have to wrap this up with coach Hollins. I feel with four years time he will turn this plagued rittled situation around. He is step in the right direction.

  • ra

    It would be a demotion for Lionel Hollins, from head coach to assistant coach working for Mr. Clotheline. You know that McHale would be a tyrant, and it would be a no-win situation for Hollins.

    It’s best for Hollins to hold off on all offers until Lakers decide if they want to give him an offer. Even if it’s for a ‘year’ stint, it would jack up Hollins’ stock to coach for the Lakers.

  • Andy L

    Hollins to Lakers won’t happen. Jimbalaya Buss thinks scraping a chewing gum off the sidewalk would be a good coaching option. Next interview: Red Auerbach’s corpse…

  • Matt Williams

    Lionel Hollins isn’t going to downgrade to appease the Rockets. They’re not all that important, and they need to stop acting like they are.

  • Evan

    *sigh* Can the Lakers bring him aboard already? Or are we waiting until after FA to bring someone in?

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    No one wants to hire Hollins as a head coach it seems.

    – Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book” a Choose Your Own Adventure sports book for adults