Hollins Appears on First Take

This morning, Lionel Hollins appeared on First Take, doing his first major interview with anyone since his firing. In his almost 4 minutes on the show, Hollins talks about his being let go as a result of disagreements in style between front office and himself, not analytics; about whether Rudy Gay would have made a difference in the Western Conference Finals; and about whether or not he felt blindsided and poorly treated by the office.

Oct 1, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins during media day at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

He says, re: his own feelings on being let go:

The new management decided to go in a different direction, and as I say it’s their money, their prerogative to do what they want, they [can] tell me that I’m no longer the coach and I have to move on…all I ┬ácan do is my job when I’m called upon to do it and if they tell me I’m no longer required to do that job I move on.

Re: Memphis:

I love the city, I love the fans, and if things were equal, I’d stay in Memphis.

Re: Rudy:

Well of course if we had had Rudy the series might not have gone exactly the way it did.

Re: Analytics:

[Saying that I don't like analytics] is a misnomer, we use analytics every day. When I talk to Zach Randolph about performance, it’s with numbers laid out and quantified so he can see it. I think that numbers have a place. I think you also have to see who has heart, who’s aggressive, who’s tough. So I’m not in disagreement of analytics, I’m just a guy who goes out and tries to view and evaluate my team and see what’s the best way for us to win.

You can watch the full interview here:

Topics: Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies

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