Tempers flared as the Memphis Grizzlies' season ended abruptly at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. Only instead of on-court altercations between players, it was Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and guard Jerryd Bayless who got into it.
Tony Parker knocked down a jumper with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter after nobody rotated out to help cover him.
Apparently, that somebody was supposed to be Bayless.
Hollins took Bayless out of the game at the next stoppage and gave him a good shove into his chair before getting into a surprisingly calm discussion.
It didn't seem like a huge deal at the time—probably just a culmination of Hollins' frustration with the entire series.
Or something more.
Lionel Hollins finally got to show Jerryd Bayless what he thinks of his beard— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) May 28, 2013
With Memphis on the verge of a sweep, it seemed as though Hollins was in a mood to show his team that there was still something worth fighting for.
This is a Grizzlies team that could look surprisingly different next season, starting with Hollins himself. There has been endless speculation that Memphis could go in a different direction at head coach, electing to employ a more youthful mind despite the team's recent success.
Despite making it to the Western Conference finals, neither the sweep nor the shove will help his case with Memphis' front office.