Lionel Hollins named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at LeMoyne-Owen College

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is the new assistant coach for the LeMoyne-Owen College men’s basketball team.

According to the university, the former NBA coach and player has been selected as the assistant coach for the Magicians men’s basketball team, serving under head men’s coach, Bonzi Wells.

Hollins served twice as the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was first with the Grizzlies when they were in Vancouver from 1995-2000. He served as the interim head coach in the 1999-2000 season while the Grizzlies were still in Vancouver. Hollins was with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007 and again from 2009-1013.

Hollins won his 100th career victory as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and led the team to the playoffs in 2011.

Hollins also coached the Brooklyn Nets, served as an assistant coach to the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns. Coach Hollins also served as an assistant coach for Arizona State.

This is a reunion of sorts for Hollins and coach Bonzi Wells who will now work together to build a successful team at LeMoyne-Owen College. Wells played for the Grizzlies from 2003-2005.

“I am very excited to have Coach Lionel Hollins joining our staff here at LeMoyne-Owen College. Coach Hollins’ basketball experience and wisdom will play a pivotal part as we build a successful foundation for our men’s basketball program,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bonzi Wells.

Before he was a coach, Hollins was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick of the 1975 NBA draft out of Arizona State University. Hollins played for five teams during his ten-year NBA career, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists per game. He was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ 1976–77 championship team and was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice, in 1978 and 1979. On April 18, 2007, the Portland Trail Blazers retired his #14 jersey.

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