Lionel Hollins: I Had Clifford As My Coach Of The Year All Season
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Former Grizzlies coach turner analyst Lionel Hollins joined the Mac Attack to discuss his take on the Bobcats/Heat series, why he feels Clifford should be the NBA coach of the year, and how the injury to Big Al will effect his play.
On Steve Clifford: He’s been my front runner for Coach of the Year all year long, with the way he’s come in and transformed Kemba Walker as a point guard and also the whole team, with not as much talent as some of the other teams.
On Al Jefferson: The acquistion of Al has been a boon for them and you have to give Michael Jordan and his staff kudos on making that decision to sign Jefferson. Unfortunately, the injury puts him in the box and the team in the box because he’s been the anchor and everybody plays off him.
On competing against the Heat: You have to stick to your gameplan. I thought [the Bobcats] had a great gameplan. They were working it They lost Al for a big portion of the first half and when he came back in he was really laboring and that hurt them offensively. If you can score the buckets and go at them inside it slows down the fast break, but when you’re taking a lot of jump shots and missing them, then they get an opportunity to get their thoroughbreds out in the open court and they run and LeBron’s one of the best in the league at getting out and running. Some of their role players stepped up and that’s what got them over the hump.
On Kemba Walker becoming a point guard: Keep growing, maturing and understanding. It’s a process. You come in and have a certain style and you have to learn the NBA way of being a point guard. You have to understand it takes five guys on the court working together. It’s your job to initiate, but also to attack and be aggressive.