Many Memphis Grizzlies fans reacted to the news with shock and disappointment that Lionel Hollins would no longer be coach of the team. At Buffalo Wild Wings, a local sports bar on Poplar near Highland, fans believed Hollins deserved a new contract, especially after the success of the past season.
John Rebber appreciates Hollins' style of coaching, "I did like that he was old school. He was outspoken and strong-headed in a good way. He demanded a lot from the players and the players delivered."
Deborah Ellis and her son Damani moved to Memphis from Detroit, Michigan about the same time Hollins took over as head coach of the Grizzlies. His first year wasn't that impressive but Ellis says Hollins grew into the role. "That's horrible, I thought he was really good coach and that's really horrible that they let him go." If the owner was at the table where son Damani was eating wings, he would have gotten an earful. "He needs to rethink that, take him back," Damani said, "and maybe give him a better offer or something."
Not everyone has found fault with management's decision, even if they supported the coach. Lee Taylor had his focus set on the post-Hollins era. "He definitely deserves some credit for how far he got us and it looks like there are a lot of other coaches on the market, so we'll be able to find some who is great," said Lee Taylor.
To many fans, Hollins leaves big shoes to fill. One person took to twitter to vent. "He will be missed. I feel like I am going through a break up," tweeted Amanda Shultz.