Lionel Hollins is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As of 2022, he is an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets. In 1977, he became an NBA Champion while he played for the Portland Trail Blazers, and in 2020, he was again an NBA Champion as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Lionel Eugene Hollins was born on October 19, 1953, in Arkansas City, Kansas in the United States of America. He stands 191 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 84 kg. He is the father of Austin Hollins who also plays basketball professionally for teams outside the US.

High School and College Career

Position Point Guard
Height / weight 1.91 m / 84 kg
Born 19 Oct 1953
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Left Handed
Team History
219 houston rockets Houston 1984 - 1985
209 detroit pistons Detroit 1983 - 1984
San Diego Clippers San Diego Clippers 1982 - 1983
205 philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 1980 - 1982
227 portland trail blazers Portland 1975 - 1980

He attended Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, he attended Dixie State, now known as Utah Tech University, from 1971 to 1973. From there, he would go on to play collegiate basketball for Arizona State University. While in college, he received All-American honors. The Arizona State Sun Devils also retired his jersey number.

Playing Career

Hollins joined the NBA in 1975 and was the 6th overall pick of the draft, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. In his first year with the team, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1976. He was also instrumental in helping Portland win the 1977 NBA Championships and in 1978, Hollins was named an NBA All-Star for the first time.

He played with Portland from 1975 to 1980. At the end of his playing career, Portland also retired his jersey number.

After Portland, he played for three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, he played a season each for the San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons, and Houston Rockets from 1982 to 1985. He retired soon after.

Coaching Career

He began his coaching career in 1985 when he was hired as an assistant coach for Arizona State. From 1980 to 1982, he was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. He also coached for the Vancouver Grizzlies and was their assistant coach from 1995 to 1999 and served as an interim coach for the 1999-2000 season.

From 2001 to 2002, he coached for the Las Vegas Silver Bandits and the Saint Louis Skyhawks. From 2002 to 2007, he coached the Memphis Grizzlies, briefly becoming the interim head coach in 2004. He spent some time coaching for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2008-2009 season.

From 2009 to 2013, he was the head coach for Memphis, and then from 2014 to 2016, he led the Brooklyn Nets. He returned to assistant coaching in 2019 when he was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he helped them go on to win the 2020 NBA Championship. As of 2022, he is an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets.

Career Highlights

As a Player:

  • 1977 - NBA champion
  • 1978 - NBA All-Star
  • 1978 - NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1979 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 1976 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • No. 14 retired by Portland TrailBlazers
  • 1975 - Third-team All-American – AP,NABC
  • 1974, 1975 - First-team All-WAC
  • No. 33 jersey retired by ArizonaState Sun Devils

As an Assistant Coach:

  • 2020 - NBA Champion

Team History:

As a Coach:

  • 1985–1988 - Arizona State(Assistant)
  • 1988–1995 - Phoenix Suns (Assistant)
  • 1995–1999 - Vancouver Grizzlies(Assistant)
  • 1999–2000 - Vancouver Grizzlies(Interim)
  • 2000–2001 - Las Vegas Silver Bandits
  • 2002 - Saint Louis Skyhawks
  • 2002–2007 - Memphis Grizzlies(Assistant)
  • 2004 - Memphis Grizzlies (interim)
  • 2008–2009 - Milwaukee Bucks(Assistant)
  • 2009–2013 - Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2014–2016 - Brooklyn Nets
  • 2019–2021 - Los Angeles Lakers(Assistant)
  • 2022–present - Houston Rockets(Assistant)

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