Lionel E. Hollins

Athletics

Lionel E. Hollins (1953-)

was born in Arkansas City, Kan., and raised in Las Vegas, Nev. Lionel spent two years as the starting point guard at Dixie College and was named to the all-Conference and all-America teams. He went on to Arizona State University, where he earned his degree and was named first team All-American by the Sporting News magazine.

In 1975, he was the first round draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers and was the sixth player chosen overall in that year’s NBA Draft. After four-plus seasons with the Trailblazers, which included an NBA championship and an 1978 All-Star game appearance, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He also played for the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets. He was named to the NBA’s first team All-Rookie squad (1976), first team All-Defense (1977), Western Conference All-Star (1978), and was the starting point guard in three NBA Finals appearances (1977, 1981 and 1982). He also served as an assistant coach on the Phoenix Suns’ 1993 NBA Finals team and assisted in two All-Star games (1993 and 1995).

He currently serves as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, for whom he also worked as an assistant. He and his wife, the former Angie Dyton, are the parents of three sons and one daughter.