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Championship Players Don’t Just Understand Their Role, They Embrace It

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Through the 2012-2013 season, Lionel Hollins (@LionelHollins14) was head coach of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. He is an NBA Champion player (starting at guard for the Portland Trailblazers, 1977), and a former NBA All-Star and All-Defensive First Teamer. He is also a sports parent of four children, including one who played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He is now currently working as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lionel Hollins speaks about the championship team he played on, the Portland Trail Blazers, and how each player on the team understood their role and embraced it. This only happened because the coach of the 1976-77 Trail Blazers Jack Ramsay didn’t put any player on a pedestal. Everyone on the team had to show up on time, work hard, and share the basketball. Lionel Hollins mentions a recent quote from Russel Westbrook stating “this is not my supporting cast, these are my teammates, we’re in this together”. With the 1976-77 Trail Blazers team embodying this statement and having a will to win, they were able to win the NBA championship that year.