The Golden State Warriors have not had much luck in their head coaching search thus far.
Stan Van Gundy spurned them for the Pistons, and Steve Kerr going to the Knicks seems all but a formality. The Warriors’ top two options may be off the board fairly soon, so they may have to turn to other options.
Lionel Hollins is a name that has started to gain traction lately. Hollins is expected to interview with the Warriors in Chicago in a few days at the NBA Draft combine, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick.
Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors are indeed interested in Hollins if Kerr says no.
Per Thompson: “There is interest from Warriors management, per one source, and some in the front office might even be of the opinion the Warriors should have already locked up Hollins.”
Hollins was fired from the Grizzlies at the end of last season, despite making it to the Western Conference Finals. He improved the Grizzlies’ win-percentage each year he coached there, from 40 wins in 2009-2010 to 56 in 2012-2013. However, he was let go due to a supposed rift between him and management.
Blue Man Hoop’s Ben Pickman argues that the Warriors hiring Hollins would be essentially bringing in Mark Jackson 2.0. Hollins is a defensive-minded coach, but he is more experienced than Jackson and would probably be willing to defer to management and ownership. If hired, Thompson reports that Hollins would have an offensive-minded top assistant come in, such as Paul Westphal.