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Grizzlies reportedly set to interview Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

Jun 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

Alvin Gentry

After parting ways with Lionel Hollins earlier this week, there won’t be a shortage of candidates interested in the Grizzlies now vacant head coaching position.

Memphis has a solid roster and reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history this season, and the organization is looking at both veterans of the game and potential first-timers as the one who will be expected to lead the franchise for the next several years.

Former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry will be the next to interview for the position, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Gentry was contacted by the Grizzlies on Wednesday and is expected to interview with owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien in Washington, D.C.. on Friday. Other coaching candidates include Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger, former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and Chicago Bulls assistant coach Ed Pickney, a league source said. Memphis is expected to conduct interviews through next week.

Gentry worked under Mike D’Antoni with the famed Seven Seconds or Less teams in Phoenix, and succeeded Terry Porter to coach the Suns for three full years and parts of two others before being replaced by the franchise once it admitted to itself it was time to start from scratch halfway through last season. He guided the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010.

Memphis struggled on the offensive end of the floor during the regular season, and finished near the bottom of the league in the relevant statistical categories. Gentry’s experience in pushing the tempo and creating quality shots early in possessions for his teams would be an asset to the Grizzlies, as would his ability to command respect from his veteran players.

Gentry has been linked to the Clippers head coaching vacancy, although an interview has yet to be scheduled.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Coach Gentry is just as old school as coach Hollins, so I dont see him buying into the whole moneyball thing either. They need to hire a young first year coach that’s willing to go along with this ridiculous program.

  2. cwk99f2 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    So the Grizzlies chose not to renew the contract of Lionel Hollins after he took them to the Western Conference finals this year….

    Someone explain to me just how on Earth is Alvin Gentry a better coaching option than Lionel Hollins? Gentry is a notoriously mediocre coach who has had minimal success, has a history of being fired from coaching jobs and failed to make the playoffs his last 3 seasons in Phoenix.

    Ridiculous. What’s even worse is that someone as deserving as Brian Shaw can’t get an opportunity somewhere as a head coach and this crap coach Gentry just bounces from team to team to team doing horrible everywhere he goes. Good luck to ya Memphis.

  3. MOZART - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Seems to me Hollins chose not to come back. I think Zack Randolph is a problem. In the past Zack has had the reputation of a selfish player concerned with his own stats. During the playoffs Hollins is seen arguing with some of the players during time outs etc. Hollins is probably glad to be out of Memphis.

  4. markdamack - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Everyones looking at this all wrong. I’m pretty sure this is a mutual split. Hollins doesn’t like the way the new ownership is changing things. So they decide it’s best to move on from each other. It’s got nothing to do with other players or them just not wanting Lionel. If Hollins wanted to be a part of this new system, he would be. Simple as that.

  5. steelcitywhitty - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    what would this team had done with Rudy Gay instead of Prince?

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Lost to the Clippers in the first round.

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