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Bucks Lose Coach to the Grizzlies

Friday, January 23, 2009 ·

You may know him as one of the Bucks' assistants that Tony Smith interviews at halftime for FSN Wisconsin, but you will now know him as the newest coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Lionel Hollins has been hired to coach the Grizzles for the third time in his career, effective immediately. Hollins previously coached the Grizzlies during the 1999-2000 season posting an 18-42 record, and also went 0-4 during an interim stint in the 04-05 season.

This will be a blow to Scott Skiles and his coaching staff, but Skiles isn't surprised in the least. Owner Herb Kohl has always said he did not want to stand in anybody's way when it come to advancing professionally. Even though it's a loss, Skiles says he's happy for him (via Bucks Blog):

"When you have the type of staff I have, with several coaches who have been head coaches and are capable of being head coaches, this type of thing is bound to happen," Skiles said. "I'm really happy for him. He gets to go home."
Hollins caught a lucky break in this process as well, earning the job after Avery Johnson declined a five-year deal.

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