Report: Gentry agrees to join Kings as associate coach initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Are the Kings on the verge of touchdown a top-tier affiliate head coach?
The New York Occasions’ Marc Stein reported Tuesday that longtime NBA coach Alvin Gentry has agreed to hitch Luke Walton’s workers in Sacramento.
The Kings and Alvin Gentry have an settlement to carry the ex-Pelicans coach to Sacramento, league sources add
Philadelphia sought Gentry for a similar position on Doc Rivers’ workers however the Kings are poised to quickly announce Gentry’s hiring after he labored with Walton in Golden State
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 7, 2020
Gentry, 65, started as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs throughout the 1988-89 season. He has spent greater than 30 years within the league as each an assistant and a head coach for quite a lot of groups.
Throughout his time within the league, Gentry has a 510-595 file as a head coach, together with stops with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns. Gentry coached the New Orleans Pelicans for the final 5 seasons.
Just like the Kings, Gentry’s Pelicans struggled within the Orlando bubble throughout the restarted NBA season and had been rapidly eradicated from playoff competition. The Pelicans fired Gentry on Aug. 15 after New Orleans went a disappointing 32-40 this season.
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If Gentry formally joins Walton’s workers, it is a very sturdy addition for Kings. He’s a veteran coach who may give Walton a sounding board throughout an extended 82-game season.
Gentry and Walton even have familiarity from their time collectively on Steve Kerr’s bench with the Warriors, profitable a championship collectively in 2014-15.
Sacramento had a gap for a high assistant after Igor Kokoskov left the team to take over European powerhouse Fenerbahçe throughout the summer season.
Along with the Kings’ job, Gentry reportedly was a candidate to hitch Doc Rivers’ workers with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Athletic’s Jason Jones was the primary to report the Kings’ interest in Gentry.