HoopsHype Alvin Gentry rumors

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For the first time since the 2004-05 season, Denver needs a coach. And in the aftermath of George Karl's firing Thursday, the team is expected to look hard at Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins, according to a league source. The Nuggets may also look at Alvin Gentry, a source said. Denver Post

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The Clippers also called former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, the executive said, and was told that he too is interested. Scott, who was fired by the Cavaliers after the season and is owned about $4 million for next season, coached Chris Paul when both were with the New Orleans Hornets. ESPN analyst and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy also had preliminary discussions with the Clippers, the executive said, and was said to have an interest in the job. Alvin Gentry, a former coach of the Phoenix Suns and the Clippers, has talked with the team about the job and expressed his interest, two executives said. Los Angeles Times

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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." ESPN.com

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