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Lionel Hollins hopes to return to Grizzlies

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09:04 AM ET 05.11 | Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has no contractual obligation to the franchise beyond this season, but he is hopeful he'll get to keep coaching what he's helped build in Memphis. "There's no question," Hollins told ESPN, when asked if he hoped to be back with the Grizzlies after the season. "When you build something, you want to see it through to the fruition of it all. "Hopefully, we'll win a championship at the end of the year. But that would just be a starting point. Then you want to be a perennial championship contender." Hollins said his contract situation hasn't bothered him all season, and won't be a distraction to him or his team going forward. He's focused on the playoffs and nothing else right now as the Grizzlies prepare for Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City. ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Thursday that Hollins would be at the top of the Brooklyn Nets' list of candidates should he become available after the season. The Nets' interest throws an intriguing wrinkle into the situation because of their ability to pay him far more than what he's made in Memphis.

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May 11, 2013  09:55 AM ET

You Will Be Back, Bro.

May 11, 2013  10:01 AM ET

He should be at the top of any team's list if they are looking for a coach...

May 11, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Getting past the first round from the Clippers certainly saved his skin. That's for sure. If the Grizz would have lost the seies, Hollins would have been good as gone.

May 11, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Good prediction Jack!

May 11, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Good prediction Jack!

May 11, 2013  03:38 PM ET

I don't mind the Grizzlies winning it all this year. It would be nice. Their defense and steady play on offense could get them to the top.

May 11, 2013  09:05 PM ET

The actually have a reasonable shot at winning the West. That would be an awesome achievement,

Now to beat Heat in a 7 game series is asking for a bit much.

 
May 11, 2013  09:05 PM ET

The actually have a reasonable shot at winning the West. That would be an awesome achievement,

Now to beat Heat in a 7 game series is asking for a bit much.

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