You're just now realizing after all this time that this team lacked true scorers. And it's the players on the team that dictate the style you have to play... At least if you want to win. Just look back to the beginning of the season for an example of what happens if you play a style that doesn't fit your roster.
I agree that the interview was unnecessary, and that we shouldn't be talking about Hollins at this point. He's gone both, sides have moved on, but the main point of your article was not to point out that fact. That's where I have a problem. You criticize Hollins for what was said, more so than the fact that he was saying it. You're spouting narratives that are commonly seen within the media about Hollins, and what he was thinking, and how he feels about management, but I doubt you've reached out to him to actually ask him these questions. That's what I mean by not reporting. But this is a blog and I understand it's opinion and you're not required to do so.
I'm going to have to disagree with this article. You ask how was Lionel's rep destroyed go back and look at the things that were being leaked in he media. They were trying to paint this narrative of a disgruntled Hollins that was drunk on his own power, which was far from the truth. They leaked the Hollinger incident which was not even a big deal, they leaked the story that Hollins turned down the golf outing with Levian, which, by the way was totally false. Levian NEVER invited Hollins to go on a trip. Hollins was told that they wanted him back, and were going begin negotiations, but turned around that same day and allow him to talk to other teams, citing philosophical differences. There were many other things said off the record by management that were not true, in order to try to tear him down. Hollins has taken the high road, and not talked about specifics.
Hollins never mocked his owners, he answered questions honestly but never did it in a way that was disrespectful. He said he didn't want to trade Rudy, not because he was against trading Rudy, but he didn't want to break up the chemistry in the middle of the team's best start ever. He also said that if he was in management's position he would have done the same thing, but that's not reported. The champagne taste quote I agree sounded bad, but he wasn't trying to bash management, he was basically saying he understood small market economics, which he explained in the rest of the quote. His stance on advanced stats was that there is a role for analytics but they aren't the end all be all, if you listen to the interview regarding the subject you would know that he wasn't against stats as every media outlet likes to claim. There's not a person in the NBA, coach or GM that relies on analytics alone, and that goes for the Grizzlies too, so this idea that there was "philosophical differences" is totally fabricated.
That fact that you write this article in this tone leads me to believe that you have done no reporting on the subject, but rather read articles that others have written. I guarantee if you were to speak to Hollins and hear his side that you would not be blaming him for his departure.
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