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|
|2002||Saint Louis Skyhawks|
|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. Hollins was inducted into the hall of fame for NCAA, Arizona State University, Nevada High School basketball, Southern Nevada Sports, and the Pac-10. During his time in Nevada, he was name one of the Top 100 athletes one of the Top 150 in Arizona.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in sociology.
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.
In his lengthy NBA playing career, he played for 4 Hall of Fame coaches, 4 of the top 10 coaches in NBA history, and 5 NBA championchip coaches.
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.
In the 1999-2000 season, Hollins acted as the interim head coach while the Grizzlies were still located in Vancouver. 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. In the regular season, the Grizzlies led the NBA in opponents PPG with 89.3.
In the 2012 and 2013 season, he received 6 first place votes for the NBA coach of the year awards while also being namesd coach of the month 4 times.
During this 2012-2013 season, he developed Marc Gasol into the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Even though it was announced that Hollins' contract would not be renewed by Memphis management on June 10, 2013, he is still the Grizzlies all-time winningest coach, having improved the team's record every season. He lead them to 3 straight playoff appearances, their first playoff win, a franchise best .683 winning percentage, and the first playoff series victory in franchise history. .
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.
So far in his coaching career, he has worked under 2 NBA coaches of the year.
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
- 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.
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