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Lionel Hollins Hates College Basketball

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In a 2011 interview, the Grizzlies' coach talks about how much he hates watching the college game, even when he's watching games in which his son is playing.

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Hat tip to Nate from Canis Hoopus for bringing this to my attention: back in 2011, the Grizzlies were getting ready to play a game in Minnesota against the Timberwolves, and coach Lionel Hollins' son Austin was getting ready to play a game for the Minnesota Golden Gophers against Indiana.

So Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune asked Coach Hollins if he was going to watch his son's game.

This was the answer:

"I'm not," he said. "I don't watch him play."

Because? "I don't like college basketball," he said.

Hollins paused for a second, and you wondered if he was getting ready to couch that remark. Not really.

But, Coach Hollins, why do you hate college basketball so much? What do you have against it?

"It's hard to watch college basketball ... There's not a lot of playing," he said. "The pro game, with the 24-second clock, moving up and down the court, you get at least 100 possessions every game.

"In college, especially in the Big Ten ... I watched Wisconsin and Minnesota play down the stretch and I couldn't take it. They just hold the ball and hold the ball, and try to get a shot with 10 seconds on the clock.

Well, then. (He went on to make a reference to the "fourth quarter" which, well, I guess he really doesn't watch much college ball...)

The man raises a point. That's also the reason I have a hard time watching college basketball these days -- and the reason that, since I've started writing more and more about the NBA, my interest in the college game has waned. It's just more fun, to me, to watch the big boys do it at the highest level.

But you have to love it when Lionel Hollins calls it like he sees it. Sometimes it gets him in trouble, and sometimes he says things he's not "supposed" to say that make it hard not to like the guy.