Does Lionel Hollins Need Grizzlies More Than Memphis Needs Him?

May 28th, 2013 by Jimmy Spencer Leave a reply »

Lionel Hollins may have an uncertain future as of now, but he is not a victim.

The Memphis Grizzlies coach, whose contract expires June 30 after leading the franchise to its best all-time record and its first conference finals, might be the hottest chase of the offseason.

Hollins texted Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports after being swept by the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday: "I hope things get worked out quickly. I love our team and the possibilities.”

A day later at exit interviews, Hollins reiterated that same sentiment, according to a Commercial Appeal story: “Hopefully, I’ll be here. I think they understand that I want to be back” and added he’d return if presented a “fair offer.”

Hollins also knows he has the leverage, as stated in the article:

But this is a business. This is my first opportunity as a head coach. And having the first opportunity come the way it did, financially, it wasn’t in a normal situation. I’m in a situation where I wanted to establish myself as an NBA coachi ...

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