The Memphis Grizzlies had a solid regular season, notching 56 wins and claiming the west’s 5th seed. They continued their tough defensive philosophy into the post season, beating the favored Los Angeles Clippers in 6 games, and the reigning western champs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in just 5 games. But the fun, for Memphis, came to a screeching halt when they squared-off against the San Antonio Spurs in the WCF. The Grizzlies upset the number one seeded Spurs in the first round just two years prior, but in 2013 the Spurs exploited the Grizzlies’ lack of scoring and eventually swept Memphis in 4 games.
The Grizzlies have been under the microscope ever since trading Rudy Gay for for not much more than some cap space. The Grizzlies brought in Tayshawn Prince and Ed Davis in a three-team deal, that sent Gay north of the border to team of with DeMar DeRozen in Toronto, and Jose Calderon to the Detroit Pistons. Memphis needed to shed Gay’s dreadful contract (to the tune of $17.8 millions next season) because they’re a small market team that didn’t want to dip into the luxury tax. This is all understandable, but now they’re left to wonder whether or not this was the year they could have won it all. Memphis really faltered without a scorer who could create his own looks. Something Gay had been known to do on an occasion.
No it seems as if the Grizzlies are doing the cliché thing. The Grizzlies will reportedly part way with head coach, Lionel Hollins, via Yahoo! Sports:
Hollins has been given the green light from the Grizzlies to start speaking with other teams. The Clippers and Nets are among teams with talent who need a new head coach, although a report indicates that the Brooklyn Nets have no interest in the services of Hollins, as they seem to have their sights set on Brian Shaw at the moment.
Since 2008, Lionel Hollins holds a record of 196-155 as the Grizzlies head coach.