One thing’s for sure: Alvin Gentry will be coaching in Los Angeles next season, all that’s left to be decided is whether it’ll be with the Lakers or Clippers.
Gentry will make a decision within the next few days, according to ESPN:
[pullquote]Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry will soon decide between an offer to be an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers and an invitation to be an associate head coach on Doc Rivers’ new staff with the Los Angeles Clippers, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday night.
Gentry has a longstanding friendship with D’Antoni, dating back to their days on Phoenix’s bench between 2004-05 and 2007-08. There has been something of a standing offer to join the Lakers staff all offseason, but Gentry first wanted to pursue head-coaching opportunities in Charlotte and Memphis.
Last month in a radio interview with ESPNLA 710, Gentry said he thought the Lakers would be “really good next year” and that “you’re going to see a new Dwight Howard next year.” Joining the Lakers would also provide a reunion with Steve Nash, whom Gentry coached to the 2010 Western Conference finals with Phoenix.[/pullquote]
Obviously, Gentry has a friendship with Mike D’Antoni and also has coached Steve Nash before, so it would make sense for him to join the Lakers from that standpoint. Also, as Eric Pincus slyly suggested to me the other day, Rivers’ job with the Clippers is secure, where as D’Antoni could face being fired next season if he has a rough start. There could then be an opening for Gentry to be the head coach of the Lakers.
Doc Rivers would also make Gentry an “associate head coach” if he joined his staff, according to Ramona Shelburne:
It’s not crucial that Gentry joins the Lakers, though you always want to have the most talented coaches on your bench. If I had to choose, I’d rather Nate McMillan joined the Lakers due to his defensive coaching abilities, but Gentry would still be a nice addition.