Pelicans Rope In Alvin Gentry As Coach

Pelicans Rope In Alvin Gentry As Coach
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New Orleans Pelicans have filled up their roster with a string of young players. To guide them to success, the team management thinks Alvin Gentry is the right person. Gentry has been working with the Golden State as assistant to chief coach Steve Kerr. The Pelicans signed him on Saturday night. Gentry will remain at Golden State till the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.


The 60-year-old veteran coach is well-known for molding young talent.

“We conducted an extensive coaching search that identified Alvin Gentry as the right person to lead our team,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said. “Alvin is a well-respected coach that brings many years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, creativity and leadership.”

22-year-old promising superstar Anthony Davis will be featuring in the Pelicans’ line-up. Gentry has a career record of 335-370 in his four tenures as head coach, the most successful being at Phoenix, were he registered 158-144 in five seasons. He guided the Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2010.

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“I’m truly honored for the opportunity to lead the Pelicans as their head coach and am anxious to get started,” Gentry said in a statement.

“However, my responsibilities with the Pelicans will begin immediately after the NBA Finals are completed. Until then, my complete focus for the next two-plus weeks will be with the Warriors and the NBA Finals.”