Tuesday, June 4 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-06-04 14:21:54 GMT
(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 toldMore >>
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.More >>
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies head coaching search took another turn on Thursday, as the Denver Nuggets parted ways with the 2012-2013 NBA Coach of the Year, George Karl.
According to multiple media outlets, the Grizzlies spoke with Karl almost immediately after he was let go by the Nuggets. Grizzlies Vice President of Operations, Stu Lash, worked with Karl in Denver. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, Lash has nothing but great things to say about Karl.
Meanwhile, current Grizzlies Head Coach, Lionel Hollins, is still waiting for a second interview with the Grizzlies front office to discuss their reported philosophical differences. Hollins' contract with the team expires on June 30, and it appears he likely will not be brought back.
Also in the running for the Grizzlies head job is Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger.
Karl had one year left on his deal with Denver with a team option for next season that would have brought him back for three more seasons, so the Nuggets were unwilling to commit.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Clippers also expressed immediate interest in the former Nuggets head coach.
Karl is a potential Hall of Fame coach, who has spent 25 years as a head coach in the NBA with no losing seasons in his last 21 years.
In the case of Hollins, the local support mixed with a lot speculation makes for a long waiting game for Grizzlies fans.
"This year he's shown his fortitude as a coach. In a pressured situation and in a playoff situation. And now we see how wanted he is league wide," said Grizz fan Samson Okonofua. "We still are a progressing team, but there are a lot of teams that might be more established right now that might fit his coaching model."
Regardless of how this story ends, fans in Memphis are rallying around Hollins – even creating this Facebook group to show their support. They are planning a rally on Saturday at Tom Lee Park.