Memphis Grizzlies Rumors: Names Emerging in Coaching Search to Replace Lionel Hollins

By Paul Seaver
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Earlier in the week, the Memphis Grizzlies made the decision to part way with former head coach Lionel Hollins. Be that as it may, the search for his replacement is on and the Grizzlies better make a solid hire in the process.

Hollins took the Memphis organization to its greatest heights in franchise history and yes, that includes the time that the team spent in Vancouver. The Grizzlies are fresh off an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, but regardless of that, they have positioned themselves in a situation in which they are looking for a new head coach.

According to CBS Sports‘ Ken Berger, a few names have already been linked in connection with Memphis’ approach moving forward. The most notable of them is Chicago Bulls ‘ assistant coach Ed Pinckney. The Grizzlies’ front office has been impressed with his work in recent years, according to the report, and the Bulls have granted Memphis permission to interview Pinckney moving forward.

In addition however, other names have been linked to the vacancy in the process. Among them include Alvin Gentry, George Karl and current Grizzlies’ assistant Dave Joerger. While Memphis will likely be patient in their process, it’s good that they at least have a short list of some sort. In all however, a few weeks have already passed in which the whole Grizzlies – Hollins uncertainty has taken center stage. We will find out in that is a good thing or a bad thing soon enough. According to reports, Brian Shaw is not a candidate in Memphis

Although the Grizzlies probably did not make the smartest of moves in letting Hollins go, at least they made some sort of decision and are looking to move forward from this point on.


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