By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and assistant Johnny Davis will miss Memphis’ game with Phoenix on Friday night while they attend a private family service for their former teammate Maurice Lucas.
The team said Thursday that Hollins and Davis flew to Portland after Wednesday night’s 115-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies headed on to Phoenix.
Lucas, who died Sunday, was teammates with Hollins and Davis on the 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers and led that team to its lone NBA championship.
Assistant David Joerger will fill in for Hollins as head coach against the Suns. Hollins and Davis will rejoin the Grizzlies before their game in Sacramento on Saturday.