Lionel Hollins

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Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins during an interview
Brooklyn Nets
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1953-10-19) October 19, 1953 (age 61)
Arkansas City, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Rancho
(North Las Vegas, Nevada)
College Dixie JC (1971–1973)
Arizona State (1973–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1975–1985
Position Point guard
Number 14, 9
Coaching career 1985–present
Career history
As player:
19751980 Portland Trail Blazers
19801982 Philadelphia 76ers
1982–1983 San Diego Clippers
1983–1984 Detroit Pistons
1984–1985 Houston Rockets
As coach:
1985–1988 Arizona State (asst.)
19881995 Phoenix Suns (asst.)
19951999 Vancouver Grizzlies (asst.)
1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies (interim)
2000–2001 Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL)
2002 Saint Louis Skyhawks (USBL)
20022007 Memphis Grizzlies (asst.)
2004 Memphis Grizzlies (interim)
2008–2009 Milwaukee Bucks (asst.)
20092013 Memphis Grizzlies
2014–present Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 7,809 (11.6 ppg)
Assists 3,006 (4.5 apg)
Steals 1,053 (1.6 spg)
Stats at

Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is an American retired professional basketball player and a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach for the Brooklyn Nets.

Playing career[edit]

During his ten-year NBA career playing as a point guard he played for five teams, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick of the 1975 NBA Draft out of Arizona State University, Hollins was bestowed All-Rookie first team honors that season, averaging 10.8 points in 78 games for the Blazers. Prior to his two seasons at Arizona State, he played two years[1] at Dixie College in St. George, Utah.[2]

He was a member of Portland's 1976–77 National Basketball Association championship team, and made his only All-Star Game appearance one year later. He was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice, in 1978 and 1979.

On April 18, 2007, the Portland Trail Blazers retired his #14 jersey.


Prior to his head coaching career, Hollins served as an assistant coach at Arizona State in the 1985–86 season and again in the 1987–88 season.[1] He then served as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns under head coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons and Paul Westphal from 1988 to 1995.

Hollins compiled a record of 18–42 as the interim coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies during the 1999–2000 NBA season.[3] He served another stint as interim coach of the Grizzlies in 2004, after the team had moved to Memphis.

On May 14, 2008, Hollins was hired as one of Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles' assistants.[4]

On January 25, 2009, Hollins was named the Grizzlies' head coach for the third time in the franchise's history.[5]

On February 11, 2011, Hollins won his 100th career victory, as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, in an 89–86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.[6] That season, he led his team to a 46–36 record, earning the eighth seed in the playoffs. The Grizzlies defeated the number-one seed San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 NBA season, Hollins' Grizzlies finished the season with a 41–25 record and the best winning percentage in franchise history (.621). After guiding the Grizzlies to a 13–3 record during the month of April, Hollins was named April's Coach of the Month.[7] This streak helped the Grizzlies earn the four seed in the Western Conference, with home court advantage for the first time in franchise history. They lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. In 2012–2013, Hollins led Memphis to a franchise record 56-win season. Memphis lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals in a four-game sweep. Differing views between Hollins and management seemed to be pointing to an eventual change despite Hollins' success.

On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Hollins' contract would not be renewed by Memphis management.[8]

In the time between Memphis and Brooklyn, Hollins chose Kauffman Sports Management Group as his representation. [9]

On July 2, 2014, Hollins and the Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle for him to serve as the team's head coach for the next four seasons.[10][11] On July 7, 2014, he was officially introduced by the Nets at a press conference.[12] In Lionel's first season as head coach, he led his team to the Eastern Conference Playoffs.


Hollins's son, Austin Hollins, played college basketball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Vancouver 1999–00 60 18 42 .300 7th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Memphis 2004–05 4 0 4 .000
Memphis 2008–09 39 13 26 .333 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
Memphis 2009–10 82 40 42 .488 4th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
Memphis 2010–11 82 46 36 .561 4th in Southwest 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Memphis 2011–12 66 41 25 .621 2nd in Southwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Memphis 2012–13 82 56 26 .683 2nd in Southwest 15 8 7 .533 Lost in Conf. Finals
Brooklyn 2014–15 82 38 44 .463 3rd in Atlantic 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Career 497 252 245 .507 41 20 21 .488

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