On Tuesday afternoon the Golden State Warriors made the questionable decision to fire head coach Mark Jackson after three seasons with the team and two consecutive playoff appearances.
Now, especially with the roster the Warriors have, they had better make a brilliant move in replacing Jackson as the team continues to strive for an NBA title, and they could look in the direction of another NBA coach that some believe was fired way too soon, former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.
As @ESPNSteinLine reported earlier, Stan Van Gundy and Steve Kerr are at top of W’s list. I hear Lionel Hollins likely to get a call as well
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 6, 2014
In the 2012-13 season, Hollins led the Grizzlies on an impressive run through the NBA Playoffs, which ended at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Much like Jackson and the Warriors, Hollins and Memphis management did not see eye-to-eye and they refused to renew his contract at season’s end.
From a philosophical standpoint, hiring Hollins would make sense, although as Marc Stein reported, he will more than likely be a third of fourth option should they not be able to land a Van Gundy or a Steve Kerr.