Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has long been a believer in…

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has long been a believer in Mike D’Antoni and his offensive philosophy. That was not his first impression, however. “I thought he was nuts,” said Gentry, an assistant under D’Antoni in Phoenix. “I actually did. I thought there’s no way you can play this way in the NBA. He said, ‘Oh yes you can.’ “Mike’s a hell of a coach. I’ve always thought he was a hell of a coach, from the first week I was with him and (he) talked about how we were going to play and he said ‘this is what we’re going to do.’ You kind of take a deep breath and sit back.”
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March 30, 2017 | 4:16 pm EDT Update
Ever since the Lakers hired Walton in the 2016 offseason after serving as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors for the previous two years, Walton said Buss has “been incredible” as she has offered support as they talked in person or via text message. “As a coaching staff, it’s really nice to hear and know,” Walton said. “We can do things that we feel are best for the team and not have to worry for now at least if we’re a part of that future. It’s very comforting to coach that way.”
“It’s a tough spot to be in with the people that hire you aren’t here anymore. Even before that happened, I always had a good relationship with her and have had random talks with her before any of that went down,” Walton said of Jeanie Buss. “She was great with the vision she had, what she saw and the way she sees things playing out. That made it a little easier even before we had official talks after all that stuff went down.”
March 30, 2017 | 3:13 pm EDT Update
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