first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHollins was one of the first hires for Vogel’s coaching staff over the summer, the oldest hand on an experienced staff in his 34th year of coaching. A former head coach of both the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets, Hollins has inhabited NBA sidelines for a long time.Lakers assistants do not typically talk to the media other than to discuss current players. But Vogel said Hollins’ contributions as a staff member have been treasured both on the bench and in the locker room.“He’s been a great part of our staff and our players love him,” he said. “He’s just full of wisdom and experience both as a player and 40 years-plus in this game at various different levels from winning a championship as a player, being an assistant coach, being a head coach in multiple stops and his experience has been invaluable.”RODNEY HOOD RUPTURES ACHILLES TENDONAn innocuous play led to a scary moment in the first quarter, as Trail Blazers starting forward Rodney Hood crumpled to the court as he grabbed a rebound. A hush fell over the Moda Center crowd.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PORTLAND — From his vantage point on the Lakers’ bench, assistant coach Lionel Hollins had a great view of the court and the crowd. He needed only crane his neck slightly upward to see his number 14, hanging near the ceiling of the Moda Center, alongside fellow Blazers greats.Of the many places Hollins has called home, Portland is special: It’s the place where he earned his only championship, in 1977 when the Trail Blazers made their lone title run with Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas and Hollins leading the way. Five of his 10 NBA seasons were in Portland, and most of his productive years were in a Blazers uniform.Head coach Frank Vogel said he talked with Hollins about the 1977 Finals, when the Blazers knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. Six of the players on that team have their numbers retired by the franchise. Hollins is also pictured in various murals decorating hallway tunnels in the arena, a local legend who helped deliver one of Portland’s most glorious athletic moments.“It’s always special coming back to a place like this where he’s won a championship,” Vogel said. “He’ll always have those memories.” He clutched his left leg as he writhed on the ground for a few minutes, then put no weight on his left foot as two Blazers staffers helped him off the court to the locker room. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The troubling news came out by halftime: The team announced Hood suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon, which is often considered a devastating injury to any athletic career. It’s expected to keep him out the rest of the season.Hood, a former teammate of LeBron James, was averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from 3-point range for the Trail Blazers this season. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img