Following an interview with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clippers’ associate head coach Alvin Gentry will interview for the Los Angles Lakers position according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
After talking with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak by phone last Friday, Gentry has an interview with Kupchak and vice president Jim Buss on Wednesday to talk about replacing Mike D’Antoni, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
For those at home keeping count, Los Angeles has been the sixth team connected to Alvin Gentry over the last few weeks. Memphis is out of the running as they’ve decided to keep second year head coach in Dave Joerger, Golden State and Sacramento have been mentioned to be interested in Gentry for an assistant head coach position, and Gentry has interviewed for the open Utah and Cleveland jobs.
According to Turner’s post, Gentry’s ability to coach a top-tier offense seems to be the biggest draw for the Lakers front office personnel. Having a huge hand in the offense this season, the Los Angeles Clippers finished first in the NBA in offensive rating. During his three full seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the club finished with an average offensive rating ranking of 6.3, finishing 1st in one of those seasons and top-10 in the other two.
But this Lakers team isn’t those Suns teams nor are they the Clippers. Going into the offseason, LA only has five players under contract, one, Nick Young, with a player option. That leaves Kendall Marshall, Robert Sacre, an older Steve Nash, and an older Kobe Bryant. There is a chance that Pau Gasol returns to the organization, but even with the talented Spaniard, this team has plenty holes to fill and can’t maintain at the pace Gentry has had his teams play at on the offensive end.
Regardless, this is another opportunity to return to the coaching ranks, making the odds of his return to the Clippers sideline less and less likely, rather it be in Utah with Derrick Favors, Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and the number one pick, or next door with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.