Report: Lionel Hollins 'likely done' as head coach of Memphis Grizzlies
Lionel Hollins is "likely done" as the Grizzlies' head coach, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting.
The coach has been at conflict with management over the use of analytics in running the organization, leading to a confrontation with vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger during the playoffs.
From the report:
Management wants a coach willing to buy into the analytic movement, using those mechanisms to make roster, lineup and system decisions. Hollins has resented what he considers undue interference by management, and has stood by his track record and success in maintaining productivity with a roster of diverse and difficult personalities.
During the Grizzlies' playoff run, tensions turned to a confrontation when Hollins exploded during a practice session upon finding Hollinger had walked onto the practice court and engaged forward Austin Daye during a shooting drill, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.
With the team watching – and with a motive to show his players that he was completely in charge on the floor, sources said – Hollins loudly questioned Hollinger about what he was doing, and why he believed it was appropriate for a management official to intrude on what's considered sacred territory for a coach and team, sources said.
The Memphis Grizzlies have given head coach Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires on June 30, permission to talk to other teams, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Talks between Hollins and the team "have been ongoing for several days, but stalled on Saturday night," Wojnarowski is reporting.
Hollins, 59, took over the Grizzlies in the middle of the 2008-09 season and has posted a 183-155 record since, including four straight 40-plus win seasons and 56 wins this year.
He has expressed a desire to stay in Memphis and for the team to act quickly in resolving his contract situation, but reportedly has had "major philosophical differences" with the team.
The Clippers and Nets have both been linked to Hollins, who is one of Brooklyn's top two candidates, according to Wojnarowski.