Jan. 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry reacts from the sidelines in the second half against the Utah Jazz at US Airways Center. The Jazz defeated the Suns 87-80. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Alvin Gentry to hold second interview with Utah Jazz

According to Ramona Shelbure of ESPN Los Angeles, Clippers associate head coach will be taking a second interview with the Utah Jazz.

lt was first reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Gentry would first interview with the Utah Jazz on May 21st. Since then he’s made his rounds, also drawing interest from the Cavs, Lakers, Kings,  and Warriors. But as Shelburne tweet states, he’s only interviewed with Cleveland and Los Angeles as the interest from Sacramento and Golden State pertained to an associate head coaching position opposed to the actual head coaching job.

While both the Lakers and Cavaliers are parsing their options, it’s hard to get a grip on which direction either team is heading in regarding their head coaching search, but it seems the Gentry is high on the Jazz’s list hence the second interview. Gentry have some competition for the position if he chooses to vie for the job as Adrian Griffin and Quinn Snyder, highly touted assistants from the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, have also interviewed twice for the position.

The Jazz will have to make a decision many teams are being confronted with today: to go with a retread (Gentry) or test new blood and hope it leads to a coach for the future. With a young team whose playoff hopes won’t seem to exist for a few years, the new blood option makes the most sense, but if they want a proven product the retread in Gentry will be the best option as there’s no guessing what will come into fruition. Gentry’s background says it all.

Joining the NBA as a head coach in 1994, Alvin Gentry has a head coaching record of 335-370 (47 percent).

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