No doubt the Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the Hottest teams in the NBA lately..
The Players have performed superbly, but, someone has got to direct the show..
That Someone, Lionel Hollins, gets his due, being named as the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month for December.
It's a first for Hollins in his Coaching Career.
Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 9-and-4 record during the month...that's second ONLY to the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The .692 winning percentage is the Franchise Highest ever in December, and the 6th best overall in the teams' 15-year history for ANY month.
8 of the 13 games were against opponents with winning records, including 3-victories against Division Leaders in Dallas, Cleveland and Denver..
The Grizz are coming off a 25 point win at the always tough Phoenix Suns.
Hollins, a 21-year coaching veteran, has helped the NBA's youngest team overcome a 1-8 start.
Memphis is on pace to win 41 games, which would be a 17-game improvement over last season.
The Grizzlies, now 16-16, try to climb above the .500 mark for the first time since the 2005-'06 season when they play at Portland Tuesday night.