If Lionel Hollins is coaching the Memphis Grizzlies next season, Iíll be surprised.
He continues to say things that clearly can be taken at tweaks at management. Last month he had a rant against the trend of advanced statistics in the NBA, that right after new owner Robert Pera (an advanced math guy) hired a front office filled with stats guys including former ESPN analyst John Hollinger.
Now this. No coach likes it when one of his best players gets traded, but you say things that back the organization when you do. But Hollins said this, via the Oklahoman.
ďWhen you have champagne taste, you canít be on a beer budget. Itís a small market and I understand the economics of being in a small market. Iíve been with the Grizzlies for 11 years in Memphis. Rudy Gay has been a big part of our success. Iíve known him as a kid as a rookie coming in. Heís a big part of my success as a coach here and I feel I was a big part of his success and I wish him the best as he moves forward into the second chapter of his career.Ē