The Lakers are set to enter the Orlando-based bubble without assistant coach Lionel Hollins. In a report from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, it was revealed that Hollins won’t join the rest of the Lakers’ staff for the NBA restart.
McMenamin explained that an underlying medical condition is responsible for Hollins’ absence.
Hollins was deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, the source told ESPN. He will not be present in Orlando but will continue to be an essential member of the team and participate on coach Frank Vogel’s staff remotely.
Prior to joining the Lakers staff in the summer of 2019, Hollins last served as the Nets head coach. As a player, Hollins started his 10-year career in Portland and was part of the Blazers’ title-winning team in 1977.
Outside of the Lakers, the Pelicans will also have to adapt to a vacancy on their coaching staff. Defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik has opted out of joining New Orleans’ staff in Orlando. Bzdelik, who is 67 years old, made the call after consulting team physicians.