Lionel Hollins during an interview
October 19, 1953 |
Arkansas City, Kansas
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
(North Las Vegas, Nevada)
|NBA draft||1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|1975–1980||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1982–1983||San Diego Clippers|
|1985–1988||Arizona State (asst.)|
|1988–1995||Phoenix Suns (asst.)|
|1995–1999||Vancouver Grizzlies (asst.)|
|1999–2000||Vancouver Grizzlies (interim)|
|2000–2001||Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL)|
|2002||Saint Louis Skyhawks (USBL)|
|2002–2007||Memphis Grizzlies (asst.)|
|2004||Memphis Grizzlies (interim)|
|2008–2009||Milwaukee Bucks (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||7,809 (11.6 ppg)|
|Assists||3,006 (4.5 apg)|
|Steals||1,053 (1.6 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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 at Dixie College in St. George, Utah.
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. 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. He served another stint as interim coach of the Grizzlies in 2004, after the team had moved to Memphis.
On January 25, 2009, Hollins was named the Grizzlies' head coach for the third time in the franchise's history.
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. 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. 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.
In the time between Memphis and Brooklyn, Hollins chose Kauffman Sports Management Group as his representation. 
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. On July 7, 2014, he was officially introduced by the Nets at a press conference. In his first season as head coach, he guided the Nets to the Eastern Conference Playoffs. On January 10, 2016, he was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Nets after starting the 2015–16 season with a 10–27 record, the worst season in the franchise's history since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
Head coaching record
|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 %|
|Vancouver||1999–00||60||18||42||.300||7th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|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|
- Men's Hoops To Induct Lionel Hollins Into Pac-10 Hall Of Honor - Arizona State University Official Athletic Site
- ESPN Classic - Classic catches up with Lionel Hollins
- Memphis Grizzlies will name Lionel Hollins as new coach Sunday - ESPN
- Bucks hire Boylan, former Hoosiers coach Sampson to staff - NBA - ESPN
- Lionel Hollins to become new coach of Memphis Grizzlies - ESPN
- Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - Recap - February 11, 2011 - ESPN
- Grizzlies will not offer Lionel Hollins a new contract
- Brooklyn Nets Reach Agreement in Principle with Lionel Hollins
- Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Lionel Hollins
- Lionel Hollins takes reins of Nets
- "Nets Part Ways With Head Coach Lionel Hollins". NBA.com. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Virginia Tech basketball: Hokies face first true road game at Minnesota - Hokies Journal - The Washington Post
- Lionel Hollins Charities
- NBA.com coach file
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com