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Lionel Hollins is a professional American former basketball player and present coach. Lionel Hollins is famous for winning an NBA championship with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977.
Table of Biography
Lionel Hollins was born on 19 October 1953 and he is currently 68 years old. He hails from Arkansas City, Kansas, and his zodiac sign is Libra. Talking about his educational journey, Hollins is a graduate of Arizona State University. He graduated from this institution in the year 1986 and obtained a degree in sociology. There is no information regarding this coach’s parents, siblings, and other personal details. Moreover, his middle name is “Eugene”.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Lionel Hollins is a basketball coach. He is also a former player. This personality last served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Moreover, this coach also played for the Portland Trail Blazers as a player and won an NBA championship in the year 1977. He was named an NBA All-Star in the year 1978.
Talking more about his playing career, he played for 10 years in NBA as a point guard. This former player played for a total of 5 teams. In the year 1974, this former player suffered a serious injury from a moped crash. This happened when a bicyclist collided. Luckily, this didn’t affect his career but it ultimately left his left pinky and ring finger never healing correctly.
As a player, the Portland Trail Blazers drafted him with the 6th pick of the 1975 NBA draft. He was drafted out of Arizona State University and was bestowed All-Rookie first-team honors. Prior to his two seasons at Arizona State, this former player played two years at Dixie College in St. George, Utah.
Furthermore, this former player was a member of the Trail Blazers’ 1976–77 championship team. The very next year, he made his only All-Star Game appearance. Also, this former player was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice – in the years 1978 and 1979 respectively. The Portland Trail Blazers retired this former player’s #14 jersey on 18 April 2007.
As a Coach
Before being appointed as a head coach, this personality was an assistant coach at Arizona State in 1985–86 and 1987–88 seasons. This coach then served as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns. At the time, the head coaches were Cotton Fitzsimmons and Paul Westphal and they worked together from 1988 to 1995.
Then in the 1999–2000 season, this coach acted as the interim head coach. This happened when the Grizzlies were still located in Vancouver. The coach served another stint as interim coach of the Grizzlies in the year 2004. This was after the team moved to Memphis.
Moreover, the coach served as head coach for the St. Louis Skyhawks of the United States Basketball League (USBL) in the year 2002. Then on 14 May 2008, he got hired as one of the assistants of Scott Skiles of Milwaukee Bucks. Then on 25 January 2009, this personality became the Grizzlies’ head coach for the 3rd time in the franchise’s history.
Moreover, on 11 February 2011, this coach won his 100th career victory as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The same season, the coach led his team to a 46–36 record. Then after guiding the Grizzlies to a 13–3 record during the month of April, this personality was named April’s Coach of the Month.
Despite the announcement that this coach’s contract wouldn’t be renewed by the team on 10 June 2013, the coach was still the Grizzlies’ most successful coach. He had improved the team’s record almost every season. The coach also led the team to three straight playoff appearances. In the time between Memphis and Brooklyn, this coach chose Kauffman Sports Management Group as his representation.
Furthermore, on 2 July 2014, this personality reached an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets. As per this agreement, this personality was to serve as the team’s head coach for the next 4 seasons. Furthermore, on 7 July 2014, the Nets officially introduced this coach at a press conference. In his 1st season as head coach, his personality guided the Nets to the playoffs. Subsequently, on 10 January 2016, the Nets relieved this personality of his head coaching duties after starting the 2015–16 season with a 10–27 record.
Additionally, on 31 July 2019, the Los Angeles Lakers hired this personality as an assistant coach. This coach then won his 2nd championship on 11 October 2020. This happened when the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals in 6 games.
Lionel Hollins is a happily married man and his wife is Angela Hollins. The couple has four children together namely Austin, Lamont, Jackie, and Anthony.
His son Austin played college basketball for the University of Minnesota’s men’s basketball team. Austin has also played professionally in the EuroLeague. His son played with the Serbian club KK Crvena Zvezda. His other son Anthony also played Division 3 basketball. Anthony played for the at-the-time top-ranked team in the country, which is Washington University in St. Louis Bears. At present, his son Anthony is an orthopedic surgeon.
Lionel Hollins’ listed height is 6 feet 3 inches or 1.91 meters and his listed weight is around 185 lbs or 84 kgs. Besides these, there is no more information related to this professional coach’s other body measurement details like his chest-waist-hip measures, dress size, biceps, etc. Moreover, this former player has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about his social media presence, Lionel Hollins joined Twitter in September 2014 and so far has over 2.8k followers on his @LionelHollins14 account. He is also available on Instagram under the username @lionelhollins14.
However, only his followers can view his activities on Instagram as he has set his account to private. Besides these, the coach doesn’t seem to have personal/professional profiles on other platforms like Tiktok, Facebook, Youtube, etc. Moving on, the professional coach has a net worth of $8 million US dollars.
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