Grizzlies head coach Hollins directs his team against the Spurs during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

Report: Lionel Hollins to interview with Warriors


After firing Mark Jackson, the Warriors need someone who will command respect from a group of players largely loyal to Jackson.

They need a proven winner, someone who has coached deep into the playoffs – the trait that will, at least initially, offer the best chance of rallying players.

They need someone like Lionel Hollins, who led the Memphis Grizzlies to a 56-26 record and the Western Conference Finals in 2013 before the team let him go.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

As much as Hollins fits the broad profile of a coach the Warriors need, his stylistic fit is a bit more questionable.

Golden State thrived defensively, but produced just a middling offense. I think the defensive pride Jackson instilled will last for a while, leaving the next coach to upgrade the offense.

Hollins has only once coached a team with an above-median offensive rating – the Grizzlies in his first-year as permanent coach, and they were just barely above average.

Then again, Memphis never had the offensive weapons the Warriors do. Maybe he could be more effective with Stephen Curry and crew.

It’s a big unknown, but it’s not out of the question Hollins could be a good offensive coach. If Hollins wants the job, he should start by convincing the Warriors what he is.

PBT Extra: How did Thunder, Pacers move up in PBT Power Rankings?

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As they do every Monday during the season, the PBT Power Rankings came out and while the top three remained the same there were some climbers.

Specifically, the Thunder at No. 4 and the Pacers at No. 5.

Why they are there is the latest PBT Extra topic with Jenna Corrado. The simple answer is they are both excellent teams. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Paul George are all playing like Top 10 players.

PBT Podcast: We’re back talking Kobe, 76ers, Warriors, Pistons, more

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The ProBasketballTalk NBA podcast is back.

Sure we’re a month into the season, but we’re going to get this podcast rolling again and you can expect us on each Monday and Thursday, with a variety of guests talking everything around the NBA.

Today NBC’s own Dan Feldman joins Kurt Helin to talk Kobe Bryant‘s retirement announcement, and what that means both for the Lakers going forward this season and beyond, but also what that could mean for Byron Scott’s future as the Lakers’ coach.

We also delve into the “showdown” between the Lakers and Sixers on Thursday, talk about the job Brett Brown is doing there as coach (a good one), we talk some Warriors, some Draymond Green, Pistons, Spurs and Pacers to round it all out.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins probable to play against Dallas Monday

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It’s this simple: The Sacramento Kings are 5-5 when DeMarcus Cousins plays this season, 1-7 when he sits. (And that win number is a big misleading, they looked like they would have beaten Charlotte with him, but when he left with back pain they lost, they could easily be 6-4 with him.)

So it’s good news that Cousins is expected to return to the Sacramento lineup Monday night. Well not good for Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks, but good for the Kings, as reported by James Ham at CSNBayArea,com.

This season Cousins is averaging 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds a game, he has a true shooting percentage above the league average (56.3 percent for Cousins) and he has a PER of 27.1 which is sixth best in the league.

Combine him with the numbers Rajon Rondo has put up lately the Kings become much more dangerous. They’d be even scarier if everyone stayed healthy and George Karl would settle on a lineup.

PBT Extra: Kobe Bryant understands now is time to walk away

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It was expected Kobe Bryant would retire at the end of this season.

It was not expected Kobe would make that official on Nov. 29 — it’s caught the media at Staples Center Sunday (of which I was one) and the fans by surprise.

In this PBT Extra, I talk with Jenna Corrado about the mood inside Staples Center Sunday.

More importantly, I discuss the sense I got that Kobe understands it’s time to walk away, and he is at peace with that.