Memphis Grizzlies part with coach Lionel Hollins


NBA's Western Conference Finalists, the Memphis Grizzlies, have decided to part with head coach Lionel Hollins, just week's after the conclusion of the franchise's most successful ever season.

The Grizzlies, who reached a conference final - essentially the season's semi-final stage - for the first time in their history last month, were eventually swept aside 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs, but their playoff defeats of the L.A. Clippers and conference champions Oklahoma City were widely praised.

Hollins' win percentage of 68.3% during regular season action was also the best in the Grizzlies history.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the month, Memphis' chiefs have decided not to offer their coach a new deal - citing unsuccessful talks with Hollins' agent prompting their desire to go in a different direction. 

The veteran coach, who has been with the franchise since its start in Vancouver, has reportedly been unsettled since his side's exit from this season's competition - but he was still seen at each of the first three Grizzlies pre-draft workouts, the last of which was on Monday.

Chief Executive of the franchise Jason Levien offered these parting words: 

"Lionel, the coaching staff, the players and the organisation achieved new heights this season with our run to the Western Conference finals and for that, we are grateful. The entire Grizzlies' family wishes Lionel all the best and great success as he moves forward in his career."  

After initially claiming he wanted to stay with the Grizzlies, Hollins will now have the chance to look for a new job, and is set to be interviewed by both the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets later this week. 


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