Lionel Hollins Hopes to Return to Memphis Grizzlies, Yet Remains "Realistic" About Future

By Paul Seaver
Spruce Derden-USA Today Sports

After advancing to the Western Conference Finals, the Memphis Grizzlies‘ 2012-13 season concluded with their closest attempt at a championship in franchise history.

The man leading the way along the sidelines has been head coach Lionel Hollins, who has continuously molded this Grizzlies’ organization into a contending force out west. Now however, Memphis has a decision to make regarding Hollins and whether or not they want to bring him back next season. The answer to that question should be simple, just look at his track record with the Grizzlies and the strides that they have made, most notably this past year.

Hollins has come public to announce his intentions that he wishes to remain with the Grizzlies moving forward, but he knows that remaining “realistic” about his future is his best option. Some organizations and current head coaching vacancies around the league are already being linked to Hollins, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwuakee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.

Now, the Clippers are pursuing a number of quality names that are available and Hollins is just one of them, while the Bucks appear to be moving forward with a few finalists and could be set on making a decision soon. The Nets however, are a legitimate option for Hollins, should the feeling go both ways.

In all however, Hollins is taking the right approach to this off-season. He’s earned that right, as well. The Grizzlies have had an excellent coach at the helm over the past few years and Memphis needs to make a move to bring him back to the sidelines at the FedEx Foum next season.


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