Alvin Gentry will be joining the Los Angeles Clippers‘ coaching staff, not the Lakers’, according to an ESPN report.
Gentry apparently had interest in the Lakers job and teaming up with his old friend, Mike D’Antoni, yet in the end, the associate head coaching job with Doc Rivers and the Clippers was too hard for Gentry to refuse:
[pullquote]Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry will join Doc Rivers’ new staff with the Los Angeles Clippers as an associate head coach, according to a source.
Gentry was sought by Rivers because of his institutional knowledge of the franchise, for which he was a head coach from 2001 to 2003, and his reputation as an offensive-minded coach who helped get the best out of Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix. Gentry will be asked to do similar work in L.A. with young Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
Gentry was a finalist for the head-coaching jobs in Memphis and Charlotte this year but always had something of a standing offer to join Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would’ve been an assistant coach.
Gentry has a longstanding friendship with D’Antoni, dating to their days on Phoenix’s bench between 2004 and 2008, but the Lakers coach gave his blessing to Gentry’s taking an associate head-coaching role on Rivers’ staff Wednesday morning.[/pullquote]
As Gentry landed an associate head coaching gig with the Clippers, instead of a regular assistant coach job with the Lakers, it seems that the purple and gold’s crosstown rivals were offering Gentry more money:
D’Antoni has been interviewing coaching candidates in recent weeks, and seeing as Gentry is now off the table, I wouldn’t be surprised to see D’Antoni fill out his staff within the coming days. Nate McMillan would be the best possible addition, though as with Gentry, it will come down to what kind of role rival teams can offer, as opposed to being a regular assistant coach with the Lakers.