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Report: Lakers to interview Alvin Gentry for coaching position

May 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Following in the trend of speaking to experienced coaches, you can add another name to the Los Angeles Lakers interview list:

Clippers lead assistant Alvin Gentry.

He spoke with GM Mitch Kupchak on the phone and will meet in person with Kupchak and co-owner Jim Buss on Wednesday, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

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

Gentry’s primary responsibility was the Clippers offense last season, which played at a faster tempo than years before, had good ball movement (it wasn’t all just 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 during the regular season.

Gentry also has interviewed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers put out a lot of feelers to replace Mike D’Antoni, but when it came time to start interviewing coaches they have gone with veterans who could, 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 unrealistically expect, but those are a solid group, each of whom could do well in the big chair. If given the right talent to work with. But that’s a different issue for the Lakers.

  1. tigers182 - May 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Lakers hiring Alvin Gentry says they’re looking to play for a lottery pick the next few years. No one hires him to actually win.

    • stadix093 - May 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Well he took the Suns to the western conference finals. That isn’t too bad.

    • JHathwell - May 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Cmon dude. Don’t you have google?

  2. khmerson562 - May 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    The lakers interview all these black coaches. Lakers management need to look into interviewing some Asian coaches also. Asian can coach too. Look at the guy down in Miami. No respect at all. It’s hard to be Asian these day.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Found a fantastic northern Chinese dumpling and noodle shop. It’s easy to eat home style Asian cooking: Lamb dumplings anyone! What do you mean, “nope”?

  3. jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Lakers having to take from the Clippers organization. Say it ain’t so! Lakers might own Los Angeles but they’re only the third best basketball team in California, and the fourth best west of I-5. Like the Celtics, oh how the mighty have fallen.

    • sportsfan18 - May 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      C’s are well into rebuilding…

    • cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM


      But I would also like to add that the New York Knicks starting point guard is: Raymond Felton (he’s currently at Dunkin’ Donuts, as we speak). Knowing the Knicks they will trade A’mare for Deron Williams… And they wonder why they never have cap-space. What a pathetic franchise.

  4. misterdreamer119 - May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Hes a good coach, why would jim buss hire him?

  5. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    CantonPeaBrain being a Knicks fan makes a lot of sense. CantonPeaBrain is the James Dolan of PBT. Their both unsuccessful in life and hate LeBron for not signing with the pathetic Knicks.

  6. elcapitanfiscal - May 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Lakers suck.

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