Dec 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 111-107. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Rivers to Add Gentry, Lue and Eastman to Coaching Staff

According to sources, new Los Angeles Clipper head coach Doc Rivers will add Alvin Gentry as Associate Head Coach, Kevin Eastman, and Tyronn Lue to his coaching staff with a possibility of adding Armond Hill. Earlier this week the Clippers and Boston Celtics finalized a deal with the Clippers sending a 2015 1st Round Pick (unprotected) to the Celtics for Doc Rivers. 

Alvin Gentry He was born in Shelby, North Carolina, where he grew up and attended Shelby High School. His first cousin is former NC State and NBA star David Thompson.

Gentry played college basketball at Appalachian State University under Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins. In 1978 he spent one year as a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado. He also was an assistant coach at Baylor University under Gene Iba in 1980. After one year Gentry joined the University of Colorado staff. Gentry served as an assistant at the University of Kansas under Larry Brown, where they won the 1988 NCAA National Championship.

In 1989 he began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs under Larry Brown. Gentry has coached the Spurs, Clippers, Heat, Pistons, and the Suns. For some odd reason Gentry always comes back to his former job years later.

Tyronn Lue: Point guard was selected out of the University of Nebraska by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, but was traded shortly thereafter to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won a NBA championship.  In 2009, Lue became Director of Basketball Development for the Boston Celtics.

Kevin Eastmen: Prior to joining the Celtics, Eastman served as Nike Basketball’s National Director of Skills in 2003–04, and spent 2002–03 as athletic director at Randoph-Macon College. Eastman spent five years (1994–1999) as head men’s basketball coach at Washington State University and four years (1990–1994) as head coach at theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition, he held assistant coaching positions at the University of Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth University, Colorado State University and his alma mater, the University of Richmond. 

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