Calkins: Hollins and Griz failed to build working relationship

Geoff Calkins of the Commercial Appeal shed some light on the breakdown in the relationship between Lionel Hollins and the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies in some tweets this morning. Tweets that, while not anything shocking, make it even less surprising that the Grizzlies didn't bring Hollins back.

Clearly, Hollins doesn't have to be best friends with everybody at the Griz office to be able to be the head coach. But this kind of tension--a coach who thinks the front office has no business telling him what to do, and a front office that wants to be able to have an open, communicative relationship with their coach (who is, after all, an employee of said F.O.)--is a recipe for a toxic situation.

If Hollins thought he had all the leverage, he was apparently wrong. His gruffness and frankness were two qualities that endeared him to media and fans alike, but as we've seen time and time again this year, there are moments when being nice to people would've gotten Hollins a lot farther.

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