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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 explains about the crucial role that parents of athletes have in fostering their child’s interest and commitment to sports. Hollins explains that the desire and motivation to play and improve at a sport needs to come from the child themselves. It can’t be the parent that is motivating their child to play sports as over time the athlete will burn out and lose interest in that sport that has many life lessons to learn.

Hollins also explains how in today’s world many coaches are teaching just to get to the next level of coaching when in reality coaches should care about impacting their athletes' lives.