Alvin Gentry Rumors
What Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry described as a “piss-poor effort” against the last-place Brooklyn Nets ended with New Orleans allowing a season-high 143 points — one shy of the franchise record — and star Anthony Davis heading to the exit well before the final buzzer sounded. “I could sit up here and B.S. you guys and say this happened, they made shots … no. They kicked our ass,” Gentry said. “In just plain English, they kicked our ass. In every phase of the game they did. Three-point shooting, rebounding, hustling, driving the ball to the basket. Everything that you can talk about basketball, there was not one phase of the game we won. Not one.”
”I like playing the four, but right now with the team that we have and the way we are playing with small ball, it’s helpful and I’m beneficial to the team at the five,” Davis said. ”I never really guarded (centers) until DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond and all these guys. They’re strong, so it’s tough to guard them. But like you said on the other end, they have to guard you as well.”
Anthony Davis left during the third quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans’ game in Indiana after suffering right hip and left thumb injuries from a hard fall underneath the basket. X-rays came back negative, and Davis did not return to the Pelicans’ bench. “Don’t know anything yet,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in Indianapolis after the game. “We’ll just check with the doctors and see. I’m sure it’s going to be a bruise, and we’ll see to what extent it will be.”
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry laughed at those who would believe they might pry AD away from NOLA. “No,” said Gentry. “Let me tell you, I learned a long time ago — and this is my 28th year in the league — that you don’t trade great for good, no matter how many you get. Having one great player really makes your team better than having three good players. And they’ve proven that. I can go all the way back to the Charles Barkley trade (from Philadelphia to Phoenix for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry) and the Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) trade (from Milwaukee with Walt Wesley to the Lakers for Dave Meyers, Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and Len Elmore).