May 5, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins reacts to a play during the first half of game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

More Hollins Chaos: Hollins Attacks Front Office, Joerger

This morning in a radio interview with Perter Edmiston of WHBQ Sports, Hollins was as candid as ever, though not necessarily to his benefit during this coaching search. Hollins spent the majority of the interview making the Front Office look really bad, saying that they “surprised” and blindsided him by allowing him to interview with other teams while he had “always planned on staying [in Memphis].”

However, regardless of whether or not Hollins had planned on staying in Memphis, his contract was expiring, and I’m not sure how Hollins expected to be simply resigned back to the Griz.  That sort of office move always requires negotiation and work, so I have no idea how any kind of contract negotiation could be considered a huge surprise, and I think the sort of pandering Hollins did on the radio today about how the front office is hurting him personally just ends up reflecting poorly on him.

I understand he wants to come out of this looking like the good guy, but Hollins also has to know that his audience is aware of the situation and, concurrently, what will come off as truly unfair behavior from the office and what will just look like blank insult from Hollins.

The worst part of the interview, however, was when the subject of Dave Joerger — the defensive coaching savant and presumed runner-up to Hollins’ coaching spot — came up.

Hollins was clearly irritated by the attention that Joerger has gotten in the midst of this fallout while he feels like he hasn’t gotten enough of the credit for the Griz’s defensive success.  There’s probably an extent to which that irritation is valid and fair, but nonetheless, it seems ugly and uncalled for. From the perspective of the Griz front office, too, it’s probably worth noting that Joerger hasn’t said a word against Hollins. One probably seems much less sporting than the other.

To be totally fair, Hollins wasn’t bitter the entire time. He spoke quite poetically about the city of Memphis itself and his and his kids’ place in it. He said that there was never a fight between himself and John Hollinger, and seemed to be keen on the possibility of mending fences with the front office.

But, on the whole, the interview had a decidedly nasty bent and it’s going to certainly throw another cog into the coaching search.

 

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