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We'll start with a candidate who goes entirely against everything Boston should be looking for in Lionel Hollins.
Hollins is a fantastic basketball coach who got all he could out of a Memphis Grizzlies' roster that's heaviest offensive weaponry was limited and inconsistent.
He's good enough to be coaching one of the NBA's 30 teams should he desire, and if president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tapped him to lead the Celtics, defense would still be a priority, which is important. Hollins' ability to connect with Rajon Rondo, a star who's also a tough nut to crack in teacher-student relationships, seems likely too. That's another plus.
But Hollins has two traits that don't make him a good fit in Boston. For starters, he's impatient. He's also a defiant twig standing in the face of advanced analytics, a flowing river of thinking that is washing over the sport.
The Celtics are a team that values information highly and they're willing to do whatever it takes to obtain it, including usage of statistics to weigh various on-court probabilities. As for that whole impatient thing? A major reason the Memphis Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs (though two games spilled into overtime) was Zach Randolph's disappearing act.
Hollins stuck to his man though, instead of giving Ed Davis a try. Even if Davis played significantly more minutes and excelled in his floor time, Memphis still wouldn't have been the better basketball team, but Hollins' actions show a man who views risk-taking as more hazardous than propitious.
You know what could help turn that way of thinking around? Numbers, but Hollins isn't interested in looking at those.
If reaching Rondo is the priority, Hollins is great, but at this point, it probably isn't.