Lakers expected to interview Lionel Hollins for head coach vacancy

Lionel Hollins

Add another name to the list of potential head coaches for the Los Angeles Lakers as they plan to interview former Memphis Grizzles head coach Lionel Hollins, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles will reportedly interview the 60-year-old sometime this upcoming week. Hollins will be the third candidate the team has courted as last week they discussed the position with Mike Dunleavy Sr., who has 17 years of head coach experience that includes the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, and Byron Scott, who coached the then-New Jersey Nets to two straight NBA Finals appearances and won Coach of the Year with the then-New Orleans Hornets.

Hollins had three separate stints with the Grizzles with his last being a five-year (2008-2013) stretch that included making the playoffs in the final three seasons. Over that span, Memphis was able to reach the Western Conference semi-finals and conference finals. Hollins was  also able to lead the team to a franchise-record 56 regular season wins in the the 2012-13 season.

His contract was not renewed following the 2012-13 as it was rumored that Hollins did not necessarily see eye-to-eye with organization’s front office.

However, the Grizzles under Hollins had the identity as a tough-minded defensive team that was one of the best in the league, which is something the the Lakers have been the polar opposites of over the past couple of seasons with Mike D’Antoni as head coach. 

Although Hollins does not necessarily have the big name appeal, his addition would given the team a proven coach that is well-respected and has had some playoff success.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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