Hubie Brown retires due to health-related issues
=== Hubie Brown retires due to health-related issues ===
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hubie Brown
announced his unexpected retirement on Thursday due to health concerns and
assistant Lionel Hollins has been tagged the team’s interim coach.
“Unexpected health-related issues will not allow me to continue coaching the
Memphis Grizzlies,” said Brown. “This situation was unforeseen and absolutely
non-existent at the beginning of the season.”
The decision brings the end to a 33-year basketball coaching career, including
13 seasons as an NBA head coach.
Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award for the second time in his
illustrious career last season after leading Memphis to its first playoff
appearance in the franchise’s 10-year history.
Under Brown’s tutelage, Memphis finished the 2003-04 regular season at 50-32,
a 22-win improvement from the previous year.
Brown returned from retirement to become the Grizzlies’ sixth head coach on
November 12, 2002. Previously, the 70-year-old coach led the New York Knicks
to two playoff appearances during five seasons (1982-87) and the Atlanta Hawks
to three playoff appearances in five seasons (1976-81).
“This is an extremely sad day for me,” said Grizzlies President of Basketball
Operations Jerry West. “This franchise is by far better from the leadership
and guidance of Hubie Brown, and we will be forever grateful to Hubie. Hubie
has helped this team and organization receive the respect and stature it
deserved. On a personal note, I had an incredible working relationship with
him during our short time together, and his legacy will be felt by all of us.”
In his 13-year coaching career with the Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies, Brown has
a regular season record of 424-495.
This is the second time that Hollins will take over as the Grizzlies’ interim
coach. During the 1999-00 campaign, he was named head coach midway through
the season and guided the team to an 18-42 finish. Hollins first joined the
Grizzlies as the lead assistant when the franchise was in Vancouver during its
inaugural season of 1995-96.
Before joining the Grizzlies, Hollins served seven years with the Phoenix Suns
as an assistant coach from 1988-95.