Lionel Hollins is Unhappy the Grizzlies Traded Away Rudy Gay, Which Should Surprise Nobody

Lionel Hollins, coach of the Grizzlies, isn’t happy his front office traded away leading scorer Rudy Gay. Trying to win a title on the cheap ain’t fun, Hollins told the Oklahoman:

“When you have champagne taste, you can’t be on a beer budget. It’s a small market and I understand the economics of being in a small market. I’ve been with the Grizzlies for 11 years in Memphis. Rudy Gay has been a big part of our success. I’ve known him as a kid as a rookie coming in. He’s a big part of my success as a coach here and I feel I was a big part of his success and I wish him the best as he moves forward into the second chapter of his career.”

How soon after the season does John Hollinger Robert Pera fire Lionel Hollins? A week? Do they let him twist in the wind for two weeks?

Fear not, Lionel – it’s about to get much, much easier. Don’t worry about getting pasted in OKC Thursday. The February schedule:

at Atlanta
Golden State
at Detroit
at Toronto
at Brooklyn

Of their next 10 games, they play three winning teams (ATL, Golden State, Brooklyn). Memphis should go 8-2 to ease the pain of losing Gay.

Related: John Hollinger’s First Few Moves in Memphis Are Blasted by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski

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