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May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins during the post game interview of game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97, and lead in the series 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lionel Hollins out as Memphis Head Coach

Sources told Gogrizzlies.com that Memphis Head Coach Lionel Hollins will not return in 2014. This news means that a record number, 12 coaches have been let go by the NBA in 2013.

Days after Denver Coach George Karl was fired, this happens. The two share a common theme, both made it to the NBA Playoffs.

It’s a bit the surprising that Hollins was let go after making it to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Quite harsh for the Memphis organization to think they can compete for NBA Championship every year. A small market team shouldn’t be satisfied with back-to-back second round exits, but they should certainly be happy with them. Nevertheless, Hollins is without a job.

You have to think that Lionel Hollins won’t be out of job for that long. He’s a successful NBA coach, who has left the Memphis organization in a better position, then it was before he arrived. With so many off-season departures, I suspect Hollins will be coaching in the NBA next season.

Where does he end up? Denver? Brooklyn?

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