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Report: Alvin Gentry chooses Clippers over Lakers, will be on Rivers’ staff

Jun 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

Alvin Gentry

UPDATE 5:34 pm: It didn’t take that long for him to decide.

Not long after Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Clippers head coach, Alvin Gentry said he would become part of Doc’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni signed off on this (not that he had much of a choice).

11:33 am: Former Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was a candidate to be a head coach with a few teams this offseason, but the clubs he interviewed with ended up going in other directions.

That doesn’t mean Gentry will be out of the coaching game next season, however, as he now has offers to join the staffs of both NBA teams in Los Angeles.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

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 on Tuesday night.

The ties to the current Lakers team, with Mike D’Antoni as head coach and Steve Nash in place as the starting point guard, would make the Lakers a comfortable choice.

The Clippers job is much more intriguing, though, considering the title proposed for Gentry’s position, as well as the additional responsibilities granted to new head coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers received the Senior VP of Basketball Operations title to go along with his head coaching gig, which might mean he could look to move permanently into the front office before coaching for the three full seasons on his contract. Should that happen, Gentry would essentially be next in line, which would make the Clippers job more appealing, and a better long-term situation to become a part of than the inherently volatile one being offered by the Lakers.

  1. jamieaadams - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Go to the Clippers, Coach. The situation in the other locker room is just going to get messier.

    Never thought I would have said that a few years ago…

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    He’s going to the Lakers and mid-season when D’antoni gets fired he’ll take over

  3. censormynameandmycomments - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    While they’re at it, why don’t they get Marion, Stoudemire, Paul Westphal, Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers, Alvin Adams, and Walter Davis and completely ruin all of Suns history.

    It’s hard enough as a Suns fan to see D’Antoni and Nash there.

  4. phx1311 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    @censor Thats exactly how i feel

  5. ji8888 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Doesn’t make sense when Alvin and Doc are both defensive minded coaches. LOL I see Donald the crook Sterling bobbing for apples trying to pander CP3.

  6. logisticalvoices - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Lakers are starting to play second fiddle, perhaps? Everyone sees the storm that is approaching for the Lakers…except Lakers fans.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      You mean there’s a team in LA besides the Clippers? Weird. Must be a D-league team.

      Does Cliff Paul play for them? He’s awesome. All those assists…

  7. sfsugator - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    No stability with Lakers coaching situation smart move to be a clipper I cant believe I said that.

  8. blakegriffin32 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Gentry is more offensive, not defensive.

    • ji8888 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Actually he’s not. Reason why the Lakers wanted him next to D’antoni. To help add defensively. LOL jokes on you Clips fans hiring to defensive coaches.

  9. stephenolszewski - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Rivers >>> D’Antoni

  10. fearthehoody - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    it is “two” not “to” ji8888 so guess the jokes on you

  11. lastdukestreetking - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Better chance for Gentry to get the #1 seat with the Lakers.

  12. onlyavoice - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Gentry Stinks.
    Look At His Record Before Phoenix.
    Nash Was Running The Show & Made His Boy Look Good.
    Everyone Knows This & That’s Why He Is An Assistant Again.

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