Monday, May 26, 2014

Report: Lakers to interview Alvin Gentry for coaching position

Following within the trend of talking to veteran coaches, you can add another name to the Los Angeles Lakers interview list:

Clippers lead assistant Alvin Gentry.

He spoke with g Mitch Kupchak on the phone and will meet face to face with Kupchak and co-owner Jim Buss on Wednesday, reports Broderick Turner of the la Times.

The Lakers became more interested in talking with Gentry after speaking with many coaches and executives who raved about Gentry’s offensive philosophy, per one executive.

Gentry’s primary responsibility was the Clippers offense last season, which played at a quicker tempo than years before, had smart ball movement (it wasn’t all simply on Chris Paul to create out of the pick-and-roll as it had been before) and the result was the best offense in the NBA throughout the regular season.

Gentry additionally has interviewed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers put out a lot of feelers to replace Mike D’Antoni, however once it came time to begin interviewing coaches they have gone with veterans who might, in theory, help the team win now — Mike Dunleavy, Byron Scott and next week Lionel Hollins also will sit down with the Lakers’ brain trust.

Gentry was the head coach of the Clippers and Suns previously, plus he had interim stints with the Heat and Pistons.

It may not be the home run some Lakers fans expect, however those are a solid group, each of whom could do well in the big chair. If given the correct talent to work with. However that’s a different issue for the Lakers.

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