Alvin Gentry Rumors
Gentry, who spent the last five seasons coaching New Orleans, brings one of the NBA’s most respected offensive minds to the coaching staff. Kerr believes Gentry’s experience with coaches like Doug Collins and Mike D’Antoni, blending with Walton’s connections to legendary coaches like Lute Olson and Phil Jackson, could benefit the Kings. “That’s what you look for in a staff, these historical connections and how they can blend together,” Kerr said. “And Alvin is just really good making these connections and helping an offense find a really good rhythm and groove. I think that’s what he’s going to help bring to Luke and Sacramento.”
“I’ve always liked Luke’s combination of his knowledge of the game and his comfort in his own skin, but the humility that comes with that and the humor that comes with it,” Kerr said. “So he felt 100 percent confident in what he was saying every day. Luke’s got as good a feel for the game as anybody I’ve ever been around. Watching him play all those years I loved his passing and I loved his court awareness. “So when he got into coaching it was such a natural fit for him because he loves the game. On our staff, even as a rookie coach, he believed in what he was saying. He just has a real down to earth, humble way of being part of a staff and still being very confident in what he’s doing, that’s a good combination.”
The Sacramento Kings announced today that Alvin Gentry has been named Associate Head Coach. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I’m excited to add Alvin’s valuable experience and leadership to the team,” said Walton. “His veteran coaching perspective will be a great addition and I look forward to working with him again to continue developing our group.”
The Kings are hiring former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry to serve as their top assistant under coach Luke Walton. League sources told The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday the Kings were finalizing an agreement to make Gentry their associate head coach, confirming a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times. Sources told The Bee Walton led the hiring process. Gentry emerged as the top choice for Walton, new Kings general manager Monte McNair and owner Vivek Randivé.
Marc Stein: The Kings and Alvin Gentry have an agreement to bring the ex-Pelicans coach to Sacramento, league sources add Philadelphia sought Gentry for the same role on Doc Rivers’ staff but the Kings are poised to soon announce Gentry’s hiring after he worked with Walton in Golden State
If the Kings are inclined to keep Hield, it could help if Sacramento is able to land Alvin Gentry as its associate head coach. A league source said the Kings would like to make that happen, but they have competition from Philadelphia, which would like to add Gentry to Doc Rivers’ staff. Gentry was Hield’s first NBA coach in New Orleans before he was traded to Sacramento in 2017. Gentry has spoken highly of Hield. Adding Gentry, who was fired by New Orleans after missing the playoffs this season, would fill the need for an associate head coach to replace Igor Kokoskov, who left the Kings during the restart to become coach of Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague.