Ex-Pelicans’ Head Coach Alvin Gentry Joins Kings as an Assistant

Pelicans' coach Alvin Gentry in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Alvin Gentry didn’t stay unemployed for too long after being fired as New Orleans Pelicans’ head coach back in August. According to multiple reports around the league, Gentry agreed to join Sacramento Kings’ organization.

NY Times‘ Marc Stein reports that Gentry will become an associate coach with Kings, where he will re-join with Luke Walton. The two previously collaborate under Steve Kerr at Golden State Warriors.

Stein added that Gentry was also in the mix for the same position with Philadelphia 76ers as part of the coaching core build by the team’s new head coach Doc Rivers.

Gentry joins an underachieving Sacramento Kings’ organization that finished the 2019/20 season, first under Walton, with a 31-41 record. Kings failed to make the playoffs in the past 14 seasons, which is the longest active drought in the NBA.

 Alvin Gentry spent five seasons with New Orleans, posting a 175-225 record during his tenure. He left the franchise as the second-winningest head coach in the franchise history, behind Byron Scott, and with a winning playoff record (5-1).

Pelicans made the postseason trip only one under Gentry, reaching the Conference semi-finals during the 2017/18 NBA season.