Lionel Hollins is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind. When you ask him a question, he tells you the answer. So last night, after a 96–90 loss to the Suns in which Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola had their way with Marc Gasol, somebody asked him about the interior defense, and he said this[1]:

One of the issues that I have is that neither Darrell or Ed (Davis) are fives. We don’t have another big guy. We weren’t able to play big and have two bigger people across the board because we don’t have a bigger guy to put in the game.

Given that Hollins was already outspoken about over-reliance on analytics in making lineup changes and about the trade of Rudy Gay to the Raptors which happened after he lobbied to keep the team together, this latest comment about what he doesn’t like about the team seems to just be par for the course.

Which is where we get to the title of this piece. You guys all watched Chapelle’s Show, right? Remember the segment "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong," where people get themselves in a lot of trouble by not being able to hold their tongues?

Isn’t that what Hollins is doing here?

He’s widely known for being a man who doesn’t hesitate to call it like he sees it. Most of the time, this is a good quality, something that makes him honest and forthright where others might not be willing to do so.