Milwaukee Bucks Hiring Lionel Hollins Would be Fantastic for Larry Sanders
The Milwaukee Bucks made the 2013 NBA Playoffs, but that’s about the only positive thing that can be said about their postseason and, really, their season as a whole. Their season was largely a power struggle between head coaches, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis that culminated in falling backwards into the playoffs and getting swept in the first round.
The Bucks are likely going to be cleaning house this off-season in more than one way. Jennings, Ellis and J.J. Redick will all likely be going into the free agent market and fleeing for other destinations. Milwaukee also has a vacancy at their head coaching position which they are going to be trying to fill this summer.
According to reports, the Bucks are going to be swinging for the fences as current Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is on their radar and at the top of the list. Hollins’ contract runs up at the end of this season and the Bucks are looking to lure him away from the Grizzlies, who are still playing in the playoffs as of right now.
There’s no telling whether Hollins would want to leave Memphis, if Memphis will offer him enough money, or if he would even want to take a job in Milwaukee. Hypothetically speaking, though, if Hollins were to become the next head coach of the Bucks, it would be fantastic to see the work he could do with Larry Sanders.
Hollins is currently coaching two elite big men in Memphis: Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Randolph is an offensive threat and an elite rebounder. Gasol is the Defensive Player of the Year and a solid rebounder as well. Part of that is their ability, but they also benefit from Hollins’ coaching as Hollins has also learned from them.
If Hollins were to come to Milwaukee, he would be able to help shape and form one of the brightest young frontcourt players in the game in Sanders. Sanders is already an elite shot-blocker and rebounder, but his skills and game still need honing. Hollins is the perfect guy to help him grow in that regard. No one knows if it will actually happen, but Sanders could be a Defensive Player of the Year real soon if he were under the tutelage of Hollins.
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