Much was made of the New Orleans Pelicans decision to fire former head coach Monty Williams but now that the smoke has cleared on that issue, the Pelicans have moved toward new leadership. After leading the Phoenix Suns a few years ago and serving as an assistant coach on the Golden State Warriors this season, the New Orleans Pelicans have named Alvin Gentry their new head coach.
According to NBA.com,
The New Orleans Pelicans named Alvin Gentry the team’s head coach, it was announced today by Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Dell Demps. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Gentry becomes the sixth head coach in franchise history.
“We are excited to announce that Alvin Gentry is the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. We warmly welcome Alvin and his family to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “After assessing our team, along with the core values of the Pelicans, we created a list of characteristics and qualities we wanted in our head coach. We conducted an extensive coaching search that identified Alvin Gentry as the right person to lead our team.”
Demps continued, “Alvin is a well-respected coach that brings many years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, creativity and leadership. Alvin and I have a shared vision and we look forward to working together in achieving sustained success for Pelican fans and the New Orleans community.”
“We are thrilled to have Alvin join our organization,” stated Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “He has proven himself as a winner and is in the midst of helping the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. We look forward to having him lead our team.”
Gentry, who currently serves as the associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors, will begin his duties with the Pelicans immediately following the 2015 NBA Finals.
“I’m truly honored for the opportunity to lead the Pelicans as their head coach and am anxious to get started,” said Gentry. “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. We’ve had an incredible season under Steve Kerr’s leadership in the Bay Area, but still have a lot of work to do as we prepare for the Cavaliers and a tough series.”
Gentry could have a bright future with the Pelicans as he will be coaching one of the NBA’s best young talents in Anthony Davis. Congrats to Coach Gentry. Stay tuned to HHS1987 for all your sports news.
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