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Report: Clippers to consider Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

May 24, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

Alvin Gentry

The Clippers’ head coaching job is undoubtedly the most intriguing out of all of the ones that are currently open for next season. Assuming Chris Paul re-signs with the team in free agency, L.A. will return the core of a team that was talented enough to win 56 regular season games and two in the playoffs, before eventually falling in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Despite the level of success, however, it’s a fragile time for the franchise. There have been rumblings of friction between Paul and Blake Griffin, and young center DeAndre Jordan has yet to develop into a player worthy of the contract that will pay him in excess of $22 million over the next two years.

The Clippers need a veteran coach who can relate to and respect a player of Paul’s stature, and one who can successfully manage egos so that the rest of the team falls in line. It makes sense, then, that Alvin Gentry will be among the candidates considered for the position.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

Although Alvin Gentry has a standing invitation to join Mike D’Antoni’s staff as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers next season, he’d prefer to return to Los Angeles as a head coach … with the Clippers.

“If you look at that job, it’s probably the best one out there,” Gentry said of the Clippers’ vacancy Thursday in an interview on ESPNLA 710. “When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year.”

League sources have told that Gentry will be considered for the Clippers’ job once the process gets more serious.

Gentry is known as a players’ coach who is capable of commanding the respect of both the veterans and the younger talent on the roster. He’s a leader who prefers an offense-first style of basketball, which would be well-suited to the strengths of Paul running the point with the rest of the talent currently in place.

As someone who coached the Clippers once before from 2000-03, Gentry knows what he’d be getting into in terms of both the L.A. market and the organizational structure (read: the involvement of team owner Donald Sterling). He’s well-suited to handle the large media contingent, and has shown he can lead a talented team deep into the playoffs, having done so in 2010 when he took the Suns to the Western Conference Finals.

Gentry’s tenure in Phoenix ended in the middle of last season, when he was no longer suited for the full-fledged rebuild the team was plunged into. He was the victim of poor choices made by Suns GM Lance Blanks, who was subsequently fired following a dismal 25-57 season.

Gentry will have some strong competition for the position in Los Angeles; both Nate McMillan and Byron Scott seem to have the similar necessary characteristics to provide the leadership the Clippers desperately need. But he’s as strong a candidate as any given the situation, and would be a more than solid choice as the one tasked with taking the team to the next level.

  1. djstat - May 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Brian shaw

  2. adoombray - May 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    We did him wrong out here in Phoenix. left a bad taste in my mouth. He would be an excellent fit in LA.

  3. dopekidz83 - May 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    As a Suns fan, I wish you nothing but the best of luck, Alvin

  4. biggestredmiami - May 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    If it all doesn’t work out, he could definitely play a mob boss in some Hollywood movie.

  5. phx1311 - May 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I love coach Gentry and he would be a great choice for the Clips.

  6. jimsjam33 - May 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Did I miss something ? What rumblings between Paul and Griffin are you talking about ? As for the coaching position Gentry would be alright , but I would prefer Byron Scott .

  7. realfootballfan - May 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    What is this, go back to my old job off-season?

  8. provguard - May 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I had assumed this guy had a record that proved he wasn’t head coaching material…

  9. decimusprime - May 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    REPORT: The Clippers are going to, but haven’t yet, think about Gentry as thier next head coach…

    I didn’t use “consider” and unless that is an inside term around the NBA, then that was a bad title for your article. Big deal. Im sure they are considering lots of guys who fit or who CP3 wants really bad!

  10. khmerson562 - May 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    The clips need to interview some Caucasian candidate also not just Byron Scott, Nate McMillan, gentry and want to talk to doc river. Did you hear me clips GM Chris Paul.

    • adoombray - May 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      this is the wrong sport to follow if thats what you’re looking for. Try hockey, where the only black thing is the puck, and they smack it around all game.

  11. jimsjam33 - May 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    1. Jerry Sloan
    2. Phil Jackson
    3. P.J. Carlisimo
    4. Kurt Rambis
    5. Scott Skiles
    6. All the usual suspects

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