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Lionel Hollins | Center

Team: Brooklyn Nets
Age / DOB:  (60) / 10/19/1953
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
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The Nets are finalizing an agreement to add Paul Westphal as an assistant to coach Lionel Hollins.
Well, that didn't take long. The Nets just lost assistant Joe Prunty earlier today to the Bucks, so they added a very high-profile guy in Westphal. He is a former coach for the Suns, Sonics and Kings. The Nets will also keep assistant John Welch. Jul 9 - 4:59 PM

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The Nets have reached an agreement with Lionel Hollins to become the team's new head coach on a four-year, $18 million deal.

The Nets didn't waste any time here. The Jason Kidd drama unfolded on Saturday and it took just a few days to hire Hollins. He was always the man for the job and should be a nice fit for the Nets. Hollins' Grizzlies ran a very slow pace in Memphis, which figures to be a style he'll take with him to Brooklyn. He's one of the best coaches in the league and this whole Kidd issue may be a blessing in disguise.
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

The Nets are in the "final stages" of contract talks with coach Lionel Hollins, with the multi-year deal believed to be worth more than $4 million annually.

Hollins quickly emerged as Brooklyn's preferred candidate once Jason Kidd left for Milwaukee. He'd give the Nets a veteran coach with 22 years' experience, who led his team to three straight playoff appearances before departing Memphis in 2013, and it's a solid hiring for a franchise in need of some stability.
Jul 2 - 9:45 AM

General manager Billy King said he met with Lionel Hollins on Monday and plans to meet with him on Tuesday.

The Nets really want to get a coach as soon as they can and Hollins appears to be their guy. The Kidd drama worked out for both parties because the Nets are still lucky to have a coach of Hollins' stature available while the Nets head-coaching gig is one of the best in the league.
Jul 1 - 11:26 AM

Lionel Hollins has a meeting set with Brooklyn management, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

The two sides are expected to meet within the next 24-48 hours, but if there was an opposite to Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins would be that guy. Hollins boasts an impressive win percentage of .622, however, his slowed-down, half-court offense isn't exactly a fantasy friendly game.
Jun 30 - 5:57 PM

Lionel Hollins remains a strong candidate for the Nets' head-coaching vacancy.

This didnt take long and it makes sense. Hollins is a pro as a coach and he's done a great job in Memphis while not getting tons of headlines. If he does go to the Nets, chances are the team will slow down their tempo and run a bit of a shorter rotation. In other words, Hollins' arrival would make the Nets a bit less fantasy friendly.
Jun 30 - 11:16 AM

The Rockets are reportedly making a "hard push" to convince Lionel Hollins to join Kevin McHale's coaching staff as an assistant.

Hollins has been waiting for another head coaching opportunity to open up and he may not accept an offer from the Rockets until the Lakers and Cavaliers fill their vacant positions. In his last stint as a head coach with the Grizzlies from 2010-2013, Hollins compiled a combined 143-87 record for an impressive .622 win percentage.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 2:28 PM

Lionel Hollins is expected to continue his meeting with the Cavs on Monday.

He had a dinner meeting on Sunday after it was originally scheduled for Saturday. Hollins is one of the more qualified coaching candidates out there and it's certainly possible he just took a year off last season. Tyronn Lue is also in the mix for Cleveland's head-coaching job.
Jun 2 - 9:08 AM

Lionel Hollins is set to interview for the vacant Cavaliers job on Sunday.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Hollins' interview was pushed back a day. After interviewing Adrian Griffin of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and Tyronn Lue of the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Cleveland interviewed Alvin Gentry on Friday. It remains to be seen whether or not Hollins is the last coach on the Cavaliers' list of interviewees.
May 31 - 9:44 AM

Lionel Hollins is set to interview with the Cavaliers about their head coaching vacancy on Saturday.

Hollins has been connected to multiple head coaching vacancies, including the Lakers, Timberwolves, and Jazz. The Cavs have a franchise point guard in Kyrie Irving, as well as the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft, making it an intriguing coaching destination.
May 28 - 4:31 PM

Lionel Hollins has emerged as a potential candidate for the Lakers current head coaching vacancy, and he will interview with management later in the week.

Hollins is the first name to come up that doesn't have ties with the Lakers organization, but he makes for an intriguing candidate. Hollins is a no-nonsense, defensive minded coach that could potentially pair nicely with Kobe Bryant. In his most recent stint with Memphis, Hollins took his team to the playoffs three consecutive years, which included a trip to the Western Conference finals. Hollins is a proven coach, but the Lakers will need to make some major changes to their roster if they hope to compete for a championship (or make the playoffs) in the near future.
May 25 - 1:37 PM

Lionel Hollins is expected to meet with the Warriors in the next few days for their head-coaching vacancy.

The Warriors didnt' get Stan Van Gundy and they're unlikely to land Steve Kerr, so it would appear Hollins is next on their wish list. On paper, it doesn't seem like a great fit due to how Hollins' teams in Memphis didn't live on the three-ball while the 2013-14 Warriors ranked second the NBA for 3-pointers.
May 14 - 6:26 PM

Lionel Hollins has been connected to several head coaching vacancies, including the Jazz, Cavs, Warriors and Wolves, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo!Sports.

Darren Wolfson of ESPN.com reported the T-Wolves had no direct contact with Hollins as of Monday, so it sounds like Minnesota may have reached out to Hollins in the past few days. He last coached in the 2012-2013 season, leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a 56-26 record, and a Western Conference Finals appearance. Despite the successful season, Hollins was fired due to friction between he and the front office.
May 14 - 3:58 PM

Lionel Hollins is expected to interview for the Warriors' head coaching job next week.

Hollins' interview is a concrete sign that Golden State is interested in the veteran coach, but he may face competition from a long list of candidates including Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, George Karl, Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan. The Warriors are also gauging Tom Thibodeau's interest in the job, though he'd need the Bulls to grant permission for an interview.
May 10 - 1:36 PM

The Pistons reportedly view Lionel Hollins as a "prime target" to fill their head coach position after Mo Cheeks' recent firing, and USA Today reports that the interest is mutual.

On the other hand, ESPN.com cites sources who believe Pistons owner Tom Gores "is inclined to keep [interim coach] John Loyer in the hot seat for the final 32 games." A decision to retain Loyer rather than install a high-profile coach like Hollins would be curious given the Pistons' playoff aspirations, but it may also speak to the uncertainty of GM Joe Dumars' future with the franchise. With the trade deadline approaching quickly it shouldn't be long before Gores tips his hand.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 10:09 AM

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