Mickey Loomis Rumors
Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry was interviewed for the second time by New Orleans Pelicans executive VP Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps on Friday. But unlike nine days ago when he was interviewed for the first time in San Francisco, Gentry’s second interview occurred in New Orleans, sources say.
New Orleans has an interest in Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but that intrigue belongs more with Loomis than Demps, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Thibodeau is waiting for the Bulls to initiate conversations about his future with the franchise, sources said. He has two years left on his contract. Loomis is an executive with the New Orleans Saints, and Thibodeau’s tough-minded approach has an especially strong appeal to that part of the organization. Nevertheless, it is believed Demps is less inclined to want a strong-willed coach in the job, especially after so many internal battles with Williams. Demps was the driving force in pushing out Williams as coach, sources said.
When Monty Williams came to the New Orleans Pelicans’ facility Tuesday morning for a meeting with executive vice president Mickey Loomis, he thought the discussion would be about a possible contract extension, league sources said.
The announcement of Williams’ firing was made via press release in which executive vice president Mickey Loomis and GM Dell Demps expressed nothing but praise for Williams, who’d become not only popular in the locker room but also influential in the league as a member of the competition committee and, like Thibodeau, an assistant with Team USA. But league sources pointed out Tuesday that the people whose names were on the press release may not be the ones making the decision. Former Pistons executive Joe Dumars, a Louisiana native, has been providing input with the team and has a close relationship with Loomis and owner Tom Benson.
Regardless of what decision the Pelicans make about Gordon’s future, Loomis said the franchise is in good hands with Williams and Demps. Loomis gave them both extensions before the regular season began. “I think, most importantly, we absolutely have the right coach in Monty Williams,’’ Loomis said. “He’s everything that we’re looking for to lead our basketball team. “We absolutely have the right general manager in Dell Demps. He and his staff made a number of significant moves in this last offseason, and we’re looking forward to having a great offseason plan from him and his staff and from Monty as well.’’
Benson could not expand on his plans for the Hornets management structure, because he has not officially taken ownership of the team. But it’s clear that (Dennis) Lauscha and Mickey Loomis, the Saints’ executive vice president and general manager, will have major roles with the Hornets. Loomis will likely oversee basketball operations, with the Hornets’ -general manager reporting to him.