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.
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 can 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.
I love the city, I love the fans, and if things were equal, I’d stay in Memphis.
Well of course if we had had Rudy the series might not have gone exactly the way it did.
[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: