HoopsHype Alvin Gentry rumors


June 2, 2015 Updates

John Reid: Robert Pack returning home to join Alvin Gentry's staff. A verbal agreement reached, but no contract signed yet, according to sources. Alvin Gentry putting together a solid staff - Robert Pack is a good teacher, motivator, great coach. Twitter @JohnReid64

New Orleans native Robert Pack will be joining Alvin Gentry's staff as an assistant, league source said Tuesday afternoon. Although Pack has yet to sign a contract with the Pelicans, a source said, but a verbal agreement has been reached. Pack is expected to work with the guards. Pack graduated from Lawless in 1987 and spent two years at Tyler Junior College before playing at Southern Cal. Pack, a point guard, played in the NBA from 1991 to 2004. He played for the then-New Orleans Hornets as a backup guard during the 2002-03 season under former coach Paul Silas. He returned to the franchise as an assistant coach in 2009-10. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Pelicans are moving quickly to assemble a coaching staff to surround Alvin Gentry, reaching an agreement in principle with Boston Celtics assistant Darren Erman to become associate head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Erman, who will oversee the Pelicans' defense, informed Celtics officials on Tuesday morning that he had accepted the job with New Orleans, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are in advanced negotiations to hire Darren Erman away from the Boston Celtics to serve as a defensive guru under new head coach Alvin Gentry, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Erman, who was quickly snapped up by the Celtics after his controversial ouster in Golden State late in the 2013-14 season, has been targeted by the Pelicans as an ideal addition to an all-new coaching staff because of his defensive expertise to complement Gentry's offensive creativity. ESPN.com

After the profound impact he had on team defenses -- both with the Celtics in his first Boston stint and with the Warriors under Mark Jackson -- Erman is regarded as one of the league's brighter young defensive minds. He was fired by the Warriors in April 2014 for what was termed a "violation of company policy" that was later revealed to be secretly recording conversations between the team's coaches and players. Yet Erman is held in such high esteem by Celtics officials that he was almost immediately re-hired by Boston as NBA director of scouting. In July, Erman was quickly moved onto Brad Stevens' bench to essentially serve as the Celtics' defensive coordinator to replace the highly respected Ron Adams, who had been poached from the Celtics by Golden State's Kerr. ESPN.com

June 1, 2015 Updates

Former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is interested in replacing Gentry as the Warriors associate head coach, a source told Yahoo Sports. Shaw is an Oakland native who attended Warriors practice on Saturday. The Shaw family recently moved back to their Oakland Hills home. Yahoo! Sports

May 31, 2015 Updates

Following the announcement of the deal, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr issued a statement: I’m extremely happy for Alvin and wish him the best of luck in this new challenge. He’s had a tremendous impact on the success of our team this season and, personally, has been instrumental in my development as a coach. His experience as a head coach in the NBA has been invaluable during my first season and will, likewise, serve the Pelicans well as they move forward. Our loss is New Orleans’ gain and I know he’ll do an outstanding job with the Pelicans once the NBA Finals are completed. CSNBayArea.com

May 30, 2015 Updates

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