(WMC-TV) - After coaching a history-making Grizzlies team, Head Coach Lionel Hollins could be looking to leave the team and the Bluff City – according to national reports. But Monday morning, Hollins told a local radio station he wants to coach the Grizzlies.
Reports say contract talks between Coach Hollins and Grizzlies execs stalled over the weekend.
Yahoo Sports reports that the coach who guided the Grizzlies to their first Western Conference Finals appearance could part ways with the team. The report claims that the Grizzlies have given Coach Hollins permission to talk with other teams.
Citing Hollins' agent, the report claims negotiations broke down over philosophical differences. Hollins said on First Call with Peter Edmiston on Sports 56 WHBQ/87.7 FM that all of his conversations with CEO Jason Levien were positive.
"I feel very comfortable with being here and working with management. I never knew there were philosophical differences except the ones that the media put out there because of my answers to questions," said Hollins on First Call.
Hollins also said he does not have any intention of going anywhere, and that he does not need to talk to other teams.
The Yahoo Sports report notes a confrontation between the coach and an executive in a practice session during the playoffs. According to Yahoo Sports, both the L.A. Clippers and Brooklyn Nets have expressed some interest in the coach.
After the interview, Hollins posted similar sentiments to his Facebook friends. By 5 p.m., the post had 1,845 likes and 228 comments.
"I'd like him to stay. I think he did a good job," said Grizzlies fan Linda Bailey.
Ultimately, it is not up to Grizz fans or even Hollins himself.
"I'm happy here. I've been here 12 years. Two of my kids were raised here, graduated from high school here," said Hollins. "I believe in Memphis. I love Memphis. I never had any intention of going anywhere. I don't have any intention of going anywhere. I love Memphis."
Hollins took over as Grizzlies head coach during the 2008-2009 season. Hollins coached four straight seasons with 40 wins or more and 56 wins this year leading to the team's first appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
Hollins contract expires at this end of this month on June 30.
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