One thing that can be of some concern with Hollins is he is not known as a good player developer coach. This may not mean much since our star player, Kobe Bryant, is coming in on his 19th season in the league, but the Lakers have a lottery pick in this upcoming draft. If they decide to keep the pick and draft a rookie, a good player developer coach would be needed to help groom him.
Although Hollins has success in the post season, it’s very limited success. Hollins has coached in only 35 playoff games and has a record of 18-17. With all of Lionel Hollins’ achievements, we still have to consider if he is ready and able to handle the task and pressures that come with being the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The only head coaching position Hollins has held has been with the Grizzlies, who play in a MUCH smaller market and have far less expectations in Memphis than the Lakers do in Los Angeles. Hollins was able to take a struggling Grizzlies team and turn them into a playoff contender, but that won’t be enough for the Lakers.
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