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Nationality  American
Role  Basketball player
Children  Austin Hollins
Name  Lionel Hollins
Spouse  Angela Hollins
Listed weight  185 lb (84 kg)
Height  1.91 m
Listed height  6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight  84 kg

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Born  October 19, 1953 (age 62) Arkansas City, Kansas (1953-10-19)
High school  Rancho (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
College  Dixie State (1971–1973) Arizona State (1973–1975)
NBA draft  1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Teams coached  Brooklyn Nets (Head coach, 2014–2016)
Similar People  Brook Lopez, Austin Hollins, Jarrett Jack, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

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Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


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Playing career

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During his ten-year NBA career playing as a point guard he played for five teams, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

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Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick of the 1975 NBA draft out of Arizona State University, Hollins was bestowed All-Rookie first team honors that season, averaging 10.8 points in 78 games for the Blazers. Prior to his two seasons at Arizona State, he played two years at Dixie College in St. George, Utah.

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He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in sociology.

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He was a member of Trail Blazers' 1976–77 championship team, and made his only All-Star Game appearance one year later. He was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice, in 1978 and 1979.

On April 18, 2007, the Portland Trail Blazers retired his #14 jersey.

Coaching career

Prior to his head coaching career, Hollins served as an assistant coach at Arizona State in the 1985–86 season and again in the 1987–88 season. He then served as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns under head coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons and Paul Westphal from 1988 to 1995.

In the 1999–2000 season, Hollins acted as the interim head coach while the Grizzlies were still located in Vancouver. He served another stint as interim coach of the Grizzlies in 2004, after the team had moved to Memphis.

On May 14, 2008, Hollins was hired as one of Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles' assistants.

On January 25, 2009, Hollins was named the Grizzlies' head coach for the third time in the franchise's history.

On February 11, 2011, Hollins won his 100th career victory, as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, in an 89–86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. That season, he led his team to a 46–36 record, earning the eighth seed in the playoffs. The Grizzlies defeated the number-one seed San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 NBA season, Hollins' Grizzlies finished the season with a 41–25 record and the best winning percentage in franchise history (.621). After guiding the Grizzlies to a 13–3 record during the month of April, Hollins was named April's Coach of the Month. This streak helped the Grizzlies earn the four seed in the Western Conference, with home court advantage for the first time in franchise history. They lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. In 2012–2013, Hollins led Memphis to a franchise record 56-win season. Memphis lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals in a four-game sweep. Differing views between Hollins and management seemed to be pointing to an eventual change despite Hollins' success.

Even though it was announced that Hollins' contract would not be renewed by the team on June 10, 2013, he was still the Grizzlies' most successful coach, having improved the team's record almost every season. He led them to three straight playoff appearances, their first playoff win, a franchise best .683 winning percentage, and the first playoff series victory in franchise history. .

In the time between Memphis and Brooklyn, Hollins chose Kauffman Sports Management Group as his representation.

On July 2, 2014, Hollins and the Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement for him to serve as the team's head coach for the next four seasons. On July 7, 2014, he was officially introduced by the Nets at a press conference. In his first season as head coach, he guided the Nets to the playoffs. On January 10, 2016, he was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Nets after starting the 2015–16 season with a 10–27 record.

Personal life

Hollins's son, Austin Hollins, played college basketball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team.


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