Report: Los Angeles Lakers Will Interview Lionel Hollins for Head Coach

If the Los Angeles Lakers hire Lionel Hollins as their next head coach, they won't get a guy with the ties to franchise history they want. But they might get the capable, hard-driving coach they need to take them into the future.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Hollins has emerged as a candidate for the Lakers' coaching job, and team management plans to interview him later this week.

Hollins' exit from Memphis after the 2012-13 season was ugly, and at the time, it seemed like his stodgy adherence to old-school principles and resistance to the front office's analytical bent made his firing a foregone conclusion.

He took a lot of the heat—perhaps unfairly.

But now that the Grizzlies' front office is falling apart—headlined by the ouster of CEO Jason Levien—it's beginning to look like Hollins didn't deserve as much blame as he got.

The Lakers would be wise to give him a chance, if only because he's had more recent success than either Byron Scott or Mike Dunleavy, two coaches with Purple and Gold connections but few recent wins.

Hollins' career winning percentage is .516, and while Scott and Dunleavy have both made the NBA Finals in the past, both are also below the .500 mark for their careers.

There's a case to be made for all three candidates, but Hollins' recent track record makes him look like a pretty strong option.

It's also worth considering which head coach might mesh best with Kobe Bryant because, well...because getting along with Bryant will always be a key concern for any incoming Lakers employee. Hollins is a no-nonsense workaholic who prepares like crazy and pays attention to detail. If Bryant is serious about making another run, he could do a lot worse than pairing up with a like-minded coach.

One thing to watch for, though, is Hollins' defensive mentality not working out with the curre...

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