Isn't it hard to believe that just a couple months ago, the only question anybody was asking about Coach Hollins was whether he or Lawrence Frank would be the first to hit the chopping block?
Today, however, the question has changed just a bit: how much is it going to cost to keep Hollins and this young core that seems to be responding to his leadership together for at least a couple more years? While it might not be answered for awhile, I suspect it's a mute point. The price won't matter -- Lionel is coming back.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Michael Heisley and Chris Wallace are now reaching out to Hollins representatives to discuss a contract extension. Lionel Hollins's contract lasts through the end of this season, as he the CA is reporting that:
Lionel Hollins was told he had 1 and 1/2 seasons to prove that he could be a quality NBA head coach when he took over the Grizzlies less than a year ago.
There's not much news here, these conversations seem almost inevitable since Hollins has managed to pull together this group, who many believed would be unmanageable given Zach Randolph's and Jamaal Tinsley's reputations. He has Zach off using his sketchy three-pointer, Mike Conley playing slightly better, and scorers Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo posting the best efficiency of their careers.
Of course a coaches position is never safe, as the old saying goes, "you can't fire the players," but this deal will get almost certainly get done and lock up Coach for at least two years. Head coaches very rarely decline extensions unless they're insulted by their franchise, and I, for one, think Hollins has earned his place on this team for at least that long by hushing his doubters.