Lionel Hollins

Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953, in Arkansas City, Kansas) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. During his ten-year NBA career he played for five teams, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists per game. Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick of the 1975 NBA Draft out of Arizona State University, Hollins was bestowed All-Rookie first team honors that season, averaging 10.8 points in 78 games for the Blazers. He was a member of Portland's 1976-77 National Basketball Association championship team, and made his only All-Star game appearance that year. He was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice, in 1977 and 1978. Hollins compiled a record of 18-42 as the interim coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies during the 1999-2000 NBA season. On April 18th 2007, the Blazers retired his #14 jersey. On January 25, 2009, Hollins was named the Grizzlies' head coach for the third time in the franchise's short history. Hollins was also the team's coach during the 1999-2000 and 2004-05 seasons (albeit in an interim basis; his current coaching job is on a permanent...


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