Mar 15, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 87-80. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Why Bringing In Lionel Hollins Would Create Mark Jackson 2.0

Lionel Hollins and Mark Jackson seem to have a lot in common. Both are motivational leaders. Both preach defense. And both seem to struggle coaching offense.

But the main similarity between the two coaches it that they both were fired after their team’s over performed. Both Jackson and Hollins were set up to fail. Both were blamed for problems caused by their GM and owner not as much their on-court coaching.

Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals last season, where the physical Grizzlies team was swept by a more cohesive, efficient San Antonio Spurs team. The only way Jackson could have saved his Warriors job was by leading them to the Western Conference Finals, but realistically that feat was nearly impossible without the help of Andrew Bogut manning the paint.

Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears reported that the Warriors are expected to interview Hollins later this week, but bringing in Hollins means bringing in another Jackson, just worse.

Hollins is a tremendous motivational leader. But he is no Mark Jackson. His offense in Memphis was built from the inside-out. The Warriors offense has had an outside-in approach. Andrew Bogut saw some occasional post touches’ but is nowhere near the post player of Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph. David Lee looked old and slow during the Warriors postseason loss to the Clippers. And even though he is still a good offensive player, the University of Florida product is not as skilled or productive as Zach Randolph.

It wouldn’t be a bad move and realistically it wouldn’t be shocking if Hollins ended up getting the Warriors head coaching gig, but if the former Grizzlies coach does get the job, the Warriors might not become a better basketball team.

Tags: Golden State Warriors Lionel Hollins Mark Jackson

  • Theoldsarge

    We all know he won’t get the job.

  • wil

    I beg to disagree wholeheartedly with you take on Lionel Hollins, Lionel Hollins is just as good as SVG if not better. And Lionel Hollins would take the Dubs to the next level. Although, I’d be happy with either SVG or Lionel Hollins. Lionel Hollins would not sugar coat or treat Steph and David Lee with soft hands, he would hold them and everybody else accountable. Lionel Hollins is as tough as nails. Great strategist, Great defensive coach and better offensive coach than Mark Jackson, he would demand respect from the players and the players would play hard for him too. He is also player’s coach. I loved and admired him when he coached the Memphis against us, he would always have a great strategy. This guy is experienced, he knows how to win and knows how to work on the refs too (lol). Something Mark Jackson didn’t have. Hire Lionel Hollins or S V G.

  • wil

    We just need to trade David Lee for either Zach Randolph, L Aldridge or Kevin Love or somebody else that can compliment our defenders (Bogut, Iguodala, Klay) David Lee’s days are numbered with the Dubs this year, I’m surprised the Dubs didn’t trade him last year.

  • Lamont Hollins

    Hollins is NOT Mark Jackson. He is an experienced and knowledgeable coach who not only is an expert defensively, but also as proficient offensively. I keep telling people he tried the run and gun route when he first took over the Grizzlies but the team’s strength was inside so he “adapted”. The guy worked under EVERY Grizz owner and all but one Grizzlies coach before he was given the job permanently, which is an obvious sign that he’s a team player. The guy has proven he can win with what the league considered cast offs…imagine what he could do with the talent that resides on the Warrior bench?

  • Anthony Hollins

    I’m going to have to agree with the comments below. It seems to me that you’re basing this article on opinions of other people, like yourself, who haven’t really watched the Grizzlies play. If you’ve actually seen them on the court you would understand why they played the way they did. If you have two of the most effective post players in the NBA, and a team full of perimeter players that can’t shoot, how much sense would it make to not play inside out. For you to imply that Hollins only coached that style because that’s all he knows really speaks to your lack of basketball knowledge, and an insult to him as a coach.

    I know you’re just a blogger, and not a reporter, so this isn’t entirely directed at you. But I can’t help but get slightly annoyed when people perpetuate narratives that they’ve read, and don’t actually attempt to reach out to the parties involved to find out what the truth really is. Hollins has been in the NBA for almost 30 years as a coach, he’s never had a problem getting along with anyone. Hollins never had an issue with this management group, and never knew they had an issue with him, until he read in the paper that the talks had fallen apart due to “philosophical difference.”

    So let’s just judge Hollins on the things we know….He took a team that had 3 straight 20-something win seasons, to a heavy weight in the west. He transformed the careers of a bunch of players who weren’t valued by any other team in the league.