ESPN columnist John Hollinger will join Memphis Grizzlies' front office
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 13, 2012
John Hollinger, a fixture of ESPN.com's coverage of the NBA for the past seven seasons and one of the leaders in basketball's rising statistical analysis movement over the past decade, is leaving his role as a columnist to join the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies. John Hollinger, a fixture of ESPN.com's coverage of the NBA for the past eight seasons and one of the leaders in basketball's rising statistical analysis movement in the past decade, is leaving his role as a columnist to become the vice president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies. "It's incredibly difficult to leave ESPN, but the chance to work for an NBA team and the Grizzlies' new ownership was an irresistible opportunity," Hollinger said Thursday. Hollinger was recruited to the Grizzlies by new controlling owner Robert Pera and CEO/managing partner Jason Levien, who have made upgrading Memphis' analytics department one of their front-office priorities. "We are thrilled to have John and Stu join the Grizzlies," Levien said in a release. New Grizzlies bosses Jason Levien and Robert Pera discuss their love of math . Counting rings and determining a player's heart may still dominate the NBA conversation, but more scientific metrics are very much an integral part of the way we consume the sport.