Lionel Hollins Not Distracted by Rumors
Lionel Hollins contends he doesn’t care.
At least that is the reaction the Memphis Grizzlies coach seemed to render when asked recently about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling having attended Game 1 of Memphis’ Western Conference Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center.
According to multiple media reports, Sterling, the NBA’s longest-tenured owner whose net worth is $1.9 billion, sat opposite the Grizzlies’ bench supposedly to scout Hollins for a possible interview to fill the Clippers’ head coaching vacancy.
“If that team knew about it, maybe it would have been (a distraction) you know,” said Hollins, adding that he wasn’t aware of Sterling’s showing in San Antonio. “But who gives a (expletive). (Expletive)…there’s distractions every day. Every day we come to the gym, it’s a distraction. Every time we get on the highway and come to the gym, it’s a distraction. Every time we get on the plane and the weather is bad and we don’t get to leave on time, those are all distractions.”