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Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Mark Jackson reportedly candidates to be Nets coach

Lionel HollinsJason Kidd is still the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but if he ends up in Milwaukee, it sounds like the Nets already have some replacements in mind.

Lionel Hollins (pictured) and George Karl have been described as serious candidates for the job if Kidd leaves/is traded to the Bucks. Mark Jackson has also been named as a coach being considered for the job.

ESPN described Hollins as a “very serious candidate” for the job. They also say Jackson’s name came up and that the Nets are interested in Karl.

USA Today’s Sam Amick reports that Karl and Hollins would be seriously considered for the job but a source downplayed the likelihood of Jackson being seriously considered.

Hollins and Karl would be excellent coaches for the Nets.

Hollins, 60, went 214-201 over four and a half seasons as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He led them to the playoffs three times, where they won three playoff series. He was fired after the 2012-2013 season despite helping the team reach the conference finals.

Karl, 63, is one of the best and most respected coaches in the profession. He has a career .599 winning percentage and was recently the coach of the Denver Nuggets for nine seasons. He previously coached the Milwaukee Bucks and before that, the Seattle SuperSonics, whom he led to the NBA Finals in ’95-’96.

Neither Hollins nor Karl coached last season after being fired following the previous season. Jackson was fired after the season despite leading the Warriors to their second straight playoff berth. He reportedly had disagreements with the team’s ownership and management.

Kidd did a nice job with the Nets, but it sure seems like he wants out. Either Karl or Hollins would be great replacements.

Lionel Hollins reportedly interested in Lakers job

lionel-hollinsThe Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new coach after Mike D’Antoni was pushed out announced his resignation on Wednesday. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is among a long list of candidates who are interested.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday night that Hollins is interested in the new vacancy. The Lakers would be wise to give him a long look. Hollins decided to leave the Grizzlies last June as a result of differing views with management. The divorce was unexpected after he led the team to a franchise record 56-win season and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals.

The Grizzles were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in that playoff series, but hardly anyone expected them to make it that far. Considering the Lakers won just 27 games this season, Hollins might be the perfect man for the job.

Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless have mixup on bench (Video)

Lionel Hollins Jerryd BaylessMemphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins got into it with point guard Jerryd Bayless in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Bayless entered the game for Tony Allen with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies down 87-79 to the San Antonio Spurs. Hollins pulled Bayless less than a minute later, and shoved him to the bench. He was likely upset with the poor defense Bayless was playing on Tony Parker. It’s unclear what Bayless did to provoke the shove.

Despite the apparent issues between the two, Hollins brought Bayless back in a minute and a half later. Bayless’ defense on Parker did not improve. Tony scored 37 points on 15-21 shooting in the game, leading San Antonio to a 93-86 win and series sweep over the Grizzlies.

Below is a GIF of the incident:

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Lionel Hollins References Black Hole Kevin McHale Talking about Zach Randolph

The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a stunner by beating the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs. It was only the fourth time in history that an eight seed knocked off a one, and only the second time since the first round expanded to a best of seven. The undeniable star for Memphis was Zach Randolph who scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter Friday night.

Randolph has taken his game to a new level with Memphis and even become a player who shares the ball. Throughout his career he was known as a player who could put up big numbers but couldn’t win. He was also considered a selfish player who never passed. After the Game 6 win over San Antonio, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins addressed Randolph’s development.

“Zach has grown since he’s been here,” Hollins said. “I’ve known Zach since before he got here and I’ve always admired how hard he played. He’s gotten a bad rap for as everybody says ‘a blackhole’ but I don’t think anybody could be more of a black hole than Kevin McHale when he played. But he’s learned how to play with his teammates, he’s made some awesome passes, teams just can’t go and double him and think he won’t pass the ball.”

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Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins Told Fans to ‘Shut the **** Up’

Oh boy, like the Grizzlies didn’t already have bad enough publicity, now they have to deal with their coach going all Bruce Boudreau on some fans. According to Chris Vernon via CBS Sports, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins told a group of 17-year-old kids to “shut the **** up” after they made noise questioning his decision to leave center Hasheem Thabeet in the game instead of replacing him with Zach Randolph.

It’s inappropriate for fans to use that sort of language, unacceptable by players, and unheard of for a coach to go off on fans like that. They’re supposed to be the level-headed leaders of a team, masters of public relations. Instead, you have Hollins cussing out some kids. I’m sure they were being jerks but he has to know better than that.

Making matters worse, apparently the fans are hardcore Grizzlies supporters who have six season tickets to Memphis games. Wrong people to mess with, Lionel. As much as everyone would love to unload on people heckling them, sometimes you just can’t. And I’ll also take the opportunity to reiterate a point I’ve made before: just because you’ve bought a ticket doesn’t give you the right to act like a jackass at a game. Normal manners and good behavior is still expected (though I know that’s asking a lot) for some people.