We have all heard the talk this week about the Memphis Grizzlies probably naming their new head coach before the week ends.
The team should have kept Lionel Hollins around after taking the 56-win team within one series of the NBA Finals. That is in the past though, and Memphis is moving forward with other coaches. This isn’t likely going to end well no matter whom the Grizzlies decide to bring in.
The only coach that would work for this team would be George Karl. He is available and has been talking to the team about the position. There have been the names of other assistant coaches around the NBA thrown around as well with the usual suspects being involved.
But why couldn’t the team and Hollins come together on things? Is it because they got swept in the Western Conference Finals? If that’s the reason, it’s a silly one.
The Grizzlies have a very solid base with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol but unless they have a coach who can bring out the best in these players, those guys aren’t going to do any good. Could the Grizzlies become the Chicago Bulls from the 1990s, who fired Doug Collins after losing in the conference finals before going to Phil Jackson? It is always possible that something like that could happen again.
I just don’t see it right now though. I think that the right choices for this job are far and few between and it boils down to either getting Karl or taking a giant step back next season.