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Los Angeles Lakers Add Lionel Hollins to Coaching Staff

| Sports | June 6, 2019

by Diego Marquez

Adding to the already star-studded coaching staff on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to hire Lionel Hollins to the bench as an assistant coach after hiring new head coach Frank Vogel on May 13.

The Lakers first addition to Vogel’s staff was the hiring of Jason Kidd, who is already the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach. He was fired from the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-18 season after posting an overall record of 23-23 through 45 games.

Hollins served as the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach for seven seasons before serving as the Brooklyn Nets head coach and compiled a 262-272 record in the eight and a half years as head coach. Coincidently, the two assistant coaches linked up after Hollins took over for Kidd when he left for Milwaukee in 2014.

Kidd’s coaching career began in 2013-14 with the Brooklyn Nets, leading them to a second-place Atlantic Division finish and an Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance.

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The addition of Hollins to the Lakers bench gives Los Angeles a veteran coach with playoff experience, as he guided the Grizzlies to their first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance and exited as Memphis’ all-time winningest coach.

The Lakers preseason begins on Oct. 5 as they travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors at 5:30 p.m.

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