Report: Lakers hire Lionel Hollins as assistant coach

Lionel Hollins
Jan 9, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons won 103-89. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have added to their coaching staff by hiring former NBA head coach Lionel Hollins, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hollins is a veteran head coach best known for his time leading the Memphis Grizzlies for five years. He last coached in the NBA during the 2015-16 season for the Brooklyn Nets.

Over his nine seasons coaching in the NBA, Hollins has accumulated a 262-272 record.

Hollins was one of several candidates added to the Lakers’ coaching search after the franchise missed out on both Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams, presumed to be their top two candidates.

The team ended up hiring Frank Vogel to a three-year deal and adding Jason Kidd to his coaching staff with reportedly the highest-paying assistant coaching contract in the league.

The Lakers seem to be going with experience over youth in their assistant coaching search as the lack thereof was a major concern and weakness during Luke Walton’s tenure in Los Angeles. Hollins brings 26 years of experience as both a head coach and assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, Vancouver and Memphis Grizzlies, and Brooklyn Nets.

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