Gentry had interviewed twice for the position, and was up against stiff competition in Jeff Van Gundy, and perhaps a few others. He is well-qualified, however, and could potentially do wonders offensively with lineup centered around Anthony Davis, who is arguably (already) one of the game’s top three players.
In addition to holding Steve Kerr’s hand in his first year as an NBA head coach this season, and helping the Warriors explode to become the 67-win juggernaut that made it to the NBA Finals, Gentry was the lead assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Clippers a season ago, and transformed their offense into the league’s most efficient.
Gentry’s time as head coach of the Suns peaked in 2010, when Phoenix took the Lakers to six games in the Western Conference Finals. Gentry is a players’ coach, but one who isn’t afraid to get after his guys on the practice floor in order to achieve the desired results.
This is a solid move by the Pelicans to bring in a veteran of the coaching game, but one who is well-respected around the league and has a recent track record of success.
We discussed Gentry’s fit with the Pelicans and much more on this week’s podcast.