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Lionel Hollins Tells ESPN Management Wants Him Back

In an interview with ESPN, Lionel Hollins states that the Grizzlies front office wants him back as head coach for the future

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In the midst of an impression playoff run, Lionel Hollins spoke with ESPN about his future as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Hollins said he's confident in his status because Grizzlies management recently told him they wanted him back.

"The only conversations we've had is they said they wanted me back," Hollins told ESPN. "After we lost the first two games to the Clippers, we had a friendly conversation about the series and how they just wanted me personally to know that regardless of what's being said out there, this is how they felt.

"That was great."

via Lionel Hollins optimistic he'll return - ESPN

It would have taken an embarassing first round exit to guarantee that Hollins doesn't return, but reaching the second round probably sured things up with management.

He's led the Grizzlies to their most impressive season in this franchises 18 year existence and has delivered the most playoff success. Hollins isn't the coach that's gonna wow you with a fancy offense nor is he receptive to the advanced analytics that are taking the NBA by storm, but he's the perfect coach for this team. Even when he's frustrating us all with his "feel for the game" style of coaching, he knows how to get the best out of this collective group.