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).
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.
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. Hollins was inducted into the hall of fame for NCAA, Arizona State University, Nevada High School basketball, Southern Nevada Sports, and the Pac-10. During his time in Nevada, he was name one of the Top 100 athletes one of the Top 150 in Arizona.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in sociology.
He was a member of Portland’s 1976–77 National Basketball Association 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.
In his lengthy NBA playing career, he played for 4 Hall of Fame coaches, 4 of the top 10 coaches in NBA history, and 5 NBA championchip coaches.
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 April 18, 2007, the Portland Trail Blazers retired his #14 jersey.
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.
On July 2, 2014, Hollins and the Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle 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 Eastern Conference 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.
So far in his coaching career, he has worked under 2 NBA coaches of the year.
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Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1977)
NBA All-Star (1978)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1978)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1979)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1976)
No. 14 retired by the Portland Trail Blazers
Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (1975)
2× First-team All-WAC (1974, 1975)
Points 7,809 (11.6 ppg)
Assists 3,006 (4.5 apg)
Steals 1,053 (1.6 spg)