Well, add one more name to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ lists of potential head coaches because the team has reportedly finally decided to conduct an interview with Lionel Hollins in the near future. Hollins is the former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, where he had a tremendous amount of success before he was unexpectedly not offered a contract extension after reaching the Conference Finals just one year ago. A team that was once an absolute joke amongst the fellow NBA franchises, turned into a contender year after year partly due to the fantastic coaching Hollins. Therefore, when he was let go, many people around the league knew he would not be out of a job very long.
As for fitting with the Lakers, Hollins is exactly the type of coach this franchise needs — a defensive minded coach who is has the capability of being a strong leader on and off of the basketball court. Both of these traits were glaring deficiencies in former head coach, Mike D’Antoni, leading to the team’s demise for two consecutive years. Hollins will not shy away from holding his players accountable, which is absolutely necessary in a defensive driven team. The old saying, “offense wins games, defense wins championships” comes into play here as being a strong defensive team is required today if you are planning on defeating the elite Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder. Memphis even seemed to be both San Antonio and Oklahoma City’s kryptonite these past couple of seasons solely due to their defensive presence.
It is uncertain when Lakers’ management will conduct this in-person interview. When it does occur, expect nothing less than Hollins emerging as a frontrunner for the job. Alongside Byron Scott, Los Angeles will certainly have an outstanding pool of coaches to choose from in the upcoming weeks.