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.