Former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is interested in coaching the Detroit Pistons who fired Mo Cheeks Sunday. Hollins led the Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins in the 2012-13 season before being let go in the offseason. During the summer, he turned down an offer to be assistant coach on Cheeks’ staff.
Coach Lionel Hollins tells @CSNNW “Of course I’m interested” in the Detroit head coach job. Though he has not communicated with them, yet.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 9, 2014
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
Coaching sources say Lionel Hollins is a prime target for DET and timing of Cheeks ouster due in part to fact Hollins currently unattached.
Doesn’t mean Hollins is lock to take job, if offered, but Cheeks was first NBA coach fired this season, so DET searching unopposed right now.
Lionel Hollins has taken over teams in midseason before. And Pistons said to be looking for someone w/an authoritative locker-room presence.