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).
Lionel Hollins during an interview
|Born||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|
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 graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in sociology.
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.
Even though it was announced that Hollins' contract would not be renewed by the team on June 10, 2013, he was still the Grizzlies' most successful coach, having improved the team's record almost every season. He led them to three 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 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 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.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Hollins won an NBA championship|
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||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 Archived May 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "ESPN Classic - Classic catches up with Lionel Hollins". espn.go.com.
- "Former Bulls coach Boylan joins Skiles' Bucks staff". ESPN.com. May 14, 2008.
- "Hollins to become Grizzlies coach for third time". ESPN.com. January 24, 2009.
- "Bucks vs. Grizzlies - Game Recap - February 11, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Lionel Hollins named Western Conference Coach of the Month - Memphis Grizzlies". nba.com.
- "Grizzlies will not offer Lionel Hollins a new contract - Memphis Grizzlies". nba.com.
- "Wasserman signs WNBA's Rookie of the Year Delle Donne". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com.
- "Brooklyn Nets Reach Agreement in Principle with Lionel Hollins". nba.com.
- "Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Lionel Hollins". realgm.com.
- "New coach Hollins calls Nets job 'a miracle'". ESPN.com. July 7, 2014.
- "Nets Part Ways With Head Coach Lionel Hollins". NBA.com. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
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