Lionel Hollins compares Memphis to living ‘in the stone age’
New Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins didn’t exactly end on the best terms with his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies. After reaching the Western Conference Finals with the Grizzlies, the team still decided to part ways with Hollins in favor of Dave Joerger. At the time, Hollins even said he was “wronged” by the organization, so naturally he may still hold some ill feelings toward the team.
Hollins already sounds much happier in Brooklyn than he was in the city of Memphis, as he had an interesting take on the difference between the busy streets of New York City and those of Memphis, Tennessee.
I’ve been to New York many times. Having been in the league as long as I have and even when I lived in Philly and when I lived, now, in Memphis, we would come up and go to a play or go to a musical and then go to dinner and hang out for two or three days. So I’m pretty comfortable with New York, I just never thought I’d be living here. That’s the big shocker. It’s still surreal to believe that I’m in New York, and especially after being 12 years in Memphis. Memphis is like, compared to New York, it’s like back in the stone age when you didn’t have electricity and stuff. And that’s not a knock on Memphis as much as it’s just a contrast in how developed and how, just, unbelievably electric New York is versus Memphis. People are laid back, they move slow, they talk slow and they drag their words out. Here, everybody talks so fast and usually you have to listen real hard and ask ‘em to say what they said again.
Though Hollins directly indicates his remarks are not a knock on Memphis, you can bet some people won’t necessarily take him at his word. As someone who lived in Brooklyn throughout their childhood and moved to upstate New York, even that is a noticeable difference, and I understand exactly what Hollins is trying to say.
Hopefully Hollins won’t bring that slow-tempo Memphis personality to the Nets offense this season, and instead teach them to run as fast as he feels us NYC people talk.
Frank Santos- NY Sports-Kings Co-Manager