Hollins’ philosophies are very different from Mike D’Antoni’s. Hollins coaches a slower paced game, which will be a nice change and favor our aging stars greatly. Also unlike D’Antoni, Hollins’ offense favors bigs and does a lot of work in the post. It’s no secret that D’Antoni struggled to keep our centers happy. Dwight Howard moved on after one season with the Lakers and Pau Gasol has voiced his frustrations with his roll in D’Antoni’s offense many times. Under Hollins, our bigs, as well as Kobe, will be able to do work in the post and play an inside/outside game. Hollins’ is also able to adapt offenses based on his team’s strength, another thing D’Antoni was unable to do.
Another nice change of pace will be Hollins’ attention to defense. Hollins’ is known as a defense first coach. He coached Marc Gasol in 2013 when he won the Defensive Player of the Year award and helped turn Mike Conley into the league leader in steals that same year. I think it’s safe to say that with Hollins at the helm, we can expect less games where our opponents score 125+ points.
Other than his offensive and defensive coaching style, one of Hollins’ biggest coaching achievements is getting a team to buy into his system. In Memphis, he was able to instill his philosophies and encourage his team enough to play the grind it out style of play that made them so successful. That quality has been lost on the Lakers with the team failing to buy into both Mike Brown’s and Mike D’Antoni’s philosophies in the previous years.
A defensive minded coach, who can adapt a slower paced game, and has the ability to get his team to buy into his philosophies sounds just like the head coach the Lakers need.
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