Sometimes emotional and sometimes rambling in a 22-minute pregame media conference Friday night, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins left no doubt he's not at odds with the revamped front office hired by new owner Robert Pera.
Hollins made it clear before the trade of Rudy Gay last week to Toronto that he preferred that the core of his team not be traded before the end of this season. But he said he and the front office, led by Jason Levien, the Grizzlies' CEO and managing partner, have open communication.
"A lot of my comments have been taken like I am against the (new) ownership and management," Hollins said before the Grizzlies' 99-93 win over the Warriors in FedExForum. "In both trades, they kept me abreast.
"I talk to management on a regular basis. We talk about how we can make the team better. They make the decision. I live with that and I always lived with that. I don't have to agree with everything. But it's not for me to tear down once a decision has been made."
Levien said he and Hollins have "been on the same page since day one."
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says he's a team player
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 9