HoopsHype Alvin Gentry rumors

June 26, 2013 Updates

Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry will join Doc Rivers' new staff with the Los Angeles Clippers as an associate head coach, according to a source. Gentry was sought out by Rivers because of his institutional knowledge of the franchise, where he was a head coach from 2001-03, and his reputation as an offensive-minded coach who helped get the best out of Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix. Gentry will be asked to do similar work in L.A. with young Clippers forward Blake Griffin. ESPN.com

And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

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