The Lakers coaching search will consist of many candidates likely receiving interviews. Both Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Byron Scott have reportedly already been interviewed, and Lionel Hollins may soon join them. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers plan on interviewing Hollins for the head coaching vacancy.
Hollins’ history of strong defensive preparation and results, as well as a serious-minded leadership style, assuredly will appeal to Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Like Lakers management, Bryant is hopeful of the team finding a proven head coach with a winning track record.
Hollins certainly is a great coach, having led the Grizzlies to a 196-155 record over five seasons, including trips to the playoffs in the final three seasons. His last season, 2012-13, was his best season, leading Memphis to the 2nd seed with a 56-26 record before being dumped out of the playoffs by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Somewhat controversially, Hollins was not resigned by the Grizzlies.
Known as a defensive-minded coach, Hollins figured out how to best utilize the low-post duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. For Lakers fans in favor of bringing back Pau Gasol, hiring Hollins would be a welcome sign. Even more, three of the four most likely prospects for the Lakers in the draft – Noah Vonleh, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon – are post players and could benefit from a coach of Hollins ability. Certainly his focus on defense would be appreciated by Lakers fans who watched opponents run all over the purple and gold this year.
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