Marc Gasol opened up about why he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.
Gasol said one of the reasons that led to him joining the Lakers was Lionel Hollins, who now serves as an assistant coach on Frank Vogel’s staff.
Hollins was the head coach of Gasol in the Memphis Grizzlies for five years (2008-2013) and the two formed a close relationship during that time.
“Being reunited with him is special, a big reason I’m here,” he said. “He’s someone I know will be truly honest with me when it comes to it.
Back then as a coach, you were allowed to be honest from the get-go. He pretty much coached us however he wanted to coach us.
He was very tough. He was brutally honest with us and what was expected of ourselves as players. He held us accountable,” Gasol told Kyle Goon of the OC Register.
Gasol agreed to a two-year contract with the Lakers, worth $5,25M.