Apr 1, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 92-90. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies officially part ways

So where does coaching a team to a franchise-record 56 wins, it’s first trip to the Western Conference Finals and the league’s most efficient defense land you? Unemployed.

Yup, that’s right. Lionel Hollins is officially out in Memphis.

Per Ronald Tillery | Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was informed Monday evening that his contract would not be renewed, thus ending his reign as the most successful leader on the bench in team history, sources told The Commercial Appeal.

… The Griz will now consider former Denver coach George Karl and former Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry, along with Griz assistant coach David Joerger as a replacement, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans.

This isn’t exactly shocking news. We already knew there was bad blood between Hollins and the Grizzlies’ front office – justified or not. Hollins is schedule to meet with the Los Angeles Clippers about their head coaching position this Thursday.

Joerger will maintain the distinction as front-runner for the Grizz coaching position moving forward. But with the likes of George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Alvin Gentry, Larry Brown and Byron Scott still on the market, Joerger is far from set in stone.

Get to know Dave Joerger here. More on a rumored Karl, Hollins swap here.


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