It’s been a little over year, June 10, 2013 to be exact, since the Memphis Grizzlies decided that Lionel Hollins was no longer the man to lead the team to heights that it wants to reach. Ever since that ill-fated day, a good number of Grizzlies’ fans have boisterously bashed the decision of the Grizzlies’ organization to not bring back Lionel Hollins as head coach, after he led the team to the best regular season record and farthest playoff run in franchise history. The shadow of Lionel Hollins, hung over the Grizzlies this past season, anytime the team struggled, the name Lionel Hollins crept back up to the forefront.
Talking about the staying power the shadow of Lionel Hollins, it even popped back up during the “As The Grizzlies Turn” soap opera was playing earlier this offseason. Memphians were clamoring for the return of Lionel Hollins to the organization, if Dave Joerger accepted the job with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which seemed high likely at the time, until a last-minute whirlwind set of circumstances kept him in Hoop City USA. In this instance, Grizzlies owner, Robert Pera, dodged a big bullet by retaining Dave Joerger, because if he hadn’t, the outcries for the unceremonious axing of Lionel Hollins would have been the story, along with how can a team lose two coaches who got them 50+ wins two years in a row.
Due to Jason Kidd’s failed power play to get a raise and oversee the Brooklyn Nets’ basketball operations department with control over personnel decisions, it opened up a door for Lionel Hollins to return to the sidelines where he rightfully belongs. After intense negotiations, Lionel Hollins will be become the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Hopefully now with the Nets hiring Lionel Hollins to lead the way for them in Brooklyn, maybe Grizzlies’ fans can finally let the Lionel Hollins Era Rest in Peace.
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