Jan. 30, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry during game against the Dallas Mavericks at the US Airways Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 122-99. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Shelburne: Gentry to Join Doc Rivers Coaching Staff


While the Los Angeles Clippers were busy introducing Doc Rivers in today’s press conference, Ramona Shelburn of ESPN reports that Alvin Gentry will be coaching alongside Rivers in LA:

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.

via Source: Alvin Gentry picks Clippers | ESPN LA

Before his decision to join the Los Angeles Clippers Alvin Gentry had interviewed with the Memphis Grizzlies in regards to their then vacant head coaching position. The Griz went on to select assistant head coach David Joerger for the position. He was then put in the position to choose between either joining Mike D’Antoni on the Los Angeles Lakers staff or being alongside Doc Rivers. Shelburne sent out a tweet on why she think Gentry chose the Clippers over the Lakers:

Since joining the NBA as a head coach in 1994, Gentry has led his teams to a 335-370. Most recently Gentry coached the Phoenix Suns with their best season ending in a Western Conference finals appearance during the 2009-10 season. Gentry once coached the Clippers from 2000 to 2003, but was fired 58 games into the season.

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  • ClipShip

    It’s also worth noting that from everything I’ve heard, Alvin Gentry left the Clippers on very good terms (even though he was fired). Leaving on good terms (as opposed to suing Donald Sterling) is a bit unusual for Clipper coaches of late, but certainly a large factor in it being possible for him to return to the franchise now.