Lionel Hollins interviewed about exodus from the Memphis Grizzlies, relationship with Jason Levien and front office.

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Mearl Pervis of WHBQ Fox13 Memphis had the pleasure of sitting down and talking about personal issues with Lionel Hollins. I'm sure this engagement, like all other instances featuring Hollins, was awkward and demeaning incredibly pleasant.

Lionel celebrates his accomplishments in Memphis and laments parts of his exit. While Hollins has often been viewed as a harsh character, it turns out that divorce between him and the Grizzlies hurt his feelings pretty badly. However, it sounds like that emotion solely stemmed from the relationship he had with his players, not his employers. (I'm still not certain that Hollins ever viewed them as his employers until the moment he was told he wouldn't be re-signed.)

The interview features a lot of interesting and revealing tidbits, including some quasi-clarity on the altercation between Hollins and John Hollinger last season. Apparently, Hollinger was not "instructing the player how to play," but merely walked on to the court to challenge a "kid's" shot (presumably Austin Daye) during a drill. Lionel "went livid", aka lost his mind, and probably compared Hollinger's mother an assortment of excrement and excrement receptacles.

Yeah c'mon! What's wrong with that situation? Lionel's just protecting his territory. So what if he bites the head off of a large component of the brain trust that is his employer?

No wonder Jason Levien never took him out to dinner after games. He probably thought he'd get chewed out for not having his order ready when the waiter came back with the drinks.

Did Lionel ever even go back and watch any of his press conferences? If he had he would not have seen an inviting person that just wants to get to know people (even if that was his intent). His domineering personality and harsh tone is just too "real" for most people to cuddle up with - even in the professional world.

Lionel says:

If people want to get to know you, they'll get to know you. If they don't, they won't.

To which I say: if you give people the perception that you want them to get to know you, they might have a greater chance of wanting to get to know you.

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