After two days of interviewing with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reports that the team walked away impressed with Lionel Hollins:
After finishing his second day of interviews with the Clippers on Friday, former Memphis Grizzlies” href=”http://www.latimes.com/topic/sports/basketball/memphis-grizzlies-ORSPT000120.topic”>Memphis GrizzliesCoach Lionel Hollins left a big impression on L.A.’s front office, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The Clippers were impressed with Hollins’ basketball IQ, demeanor and his ability to develop players, the executives said.
“Everybody thought it went well,” one NBA executive said.
While Hollins’ basketball IQ and demeanor are solid, his ability to develop players is still under question. Obvoiusly Mike Conley sticks out as his biggest project player, but the list of players he failed to implement into his system and turn into solid draft picks is a hefty one. That list includes Tony Wroten, Josh Selby, Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez and a few other young guards he refused to play due to their tendencies to be mistake prone.
Sources say that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is ready to go all-in on a big hire, but that’s something we’ll have to believe when it happens. Hollins isn’t that big of a hire, but his time with the Memphis Grizzlies may have put him in prime position to get this head coaching job.