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This one may sound a bit funny, but the Grizzlies are one of the potential favorites out West now, which means if they stumble, Hollins will be the one to get blamed.
It's not fair if it goes down that way. Hollins is the most successful coach in the history of this franchise, whether his career record says so or not. Under his watch, Memphis famously upset the mighty Spurs in the first round as a No. 8 seed in 2011, then gave Oklahoma City a great, seven-game run in the Western semis before bowing out.
The Grizz slipped a bit last season but still made the playoffs and barely lost an excellent, could-have-gone-either-way first-rounder to the Clippers in seven games once again.
Yet, there seem to be issues with their roster. The 2011 run came with highest paid player Rudy Gay on the sidelines with an injury, allowing Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to take the reins and lead the team to the cusp of a conference final.
With Gay back last season, he and Randolph failed to mesh, both wanting to be the go-to guy after Randolph came back from an injury in the second half of the season. Gasol stayed steady as the third wheel, but the roster still feels a little bit mismatched.
There aren't a lot of shooters here; Gay is much more of a slasher, and point guard Mike Conley is not the man for the job. Also, Memphis lost O.J. Mayo to free agency and didn't do anything to replace him.
This team would be best served moving Gay with getting more perimeter strength in return as the best case scenario. That way, any chemistry problems between he and Randolph could be avoided, and Memphis can go back to what worked so well in 2011.
That's easier said than done, though, especially considering Gay's enormous contract. So, Hollins will be the one left to keep trying to make it work, and in an ultra-competitive Western Conference to boot.
If he has trouble with that, he could be the first to go.