The New Orleans Pelicans were torn apart at the seams by injury last season, and their luck still doesn’t appear to be getting any better.
In an appearance on The Lowe Post podcast with ESPN’s Zach Lowe on Friday, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that guard Tyreke Evans will not be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.
“He won’t be ready for the start of the season,” Gentry said, per Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate. “He’s in a rehab situation. I think for us, we just got to move forward with our season, and then if he comes back and he’s able to help us, I think that just adds icing to the cake.”
Evans, 26, averaged 15.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 6.6 assists per game last year but was only healthy enough to suit up in 25 games for New Orleans. The former No. 4 overall pick was ruled out for the remainder of the season in February when he underwent his third right knee surgery in nine months and is apparently still very much in recovery.
While obviously a meaningful contributor to the team, Evans has had a tendency to drive the Pelicans’ offense into the ground with his chaotic dribbling and his high volume of touches. Being without Evans for the opening part of next season may not be entirely to New Orleans’ detriment, as they will be able to find more playing time for Buddy Hield, their No. 6 overall selection in last month’s draft, as well as new free agent additions Langston Galloway and E’Twaun Moore. But having gone 30-52 last year, they’re going to need everyone healthy for the upward climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture, let alone the lofty assessment Evans himself had of the team just last offseason.
“Sources tell me that [Demps] spent way too much of this year second-guessing his own hire as a head coach, often in very public ways within earshot of players, staff and even opponents,” Wojnarowski said.
Former coach Monty Williams led New Orleans to the playoffs last year, but Demps didn’t like him and gave him the axe, and now he’s paying the price for that.
The New Orleans Pelicans are all but eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race, and with Anthony Davis battling injuries, coach Alvin Gentry conceded that he would have to consider sitting him for the remainder of the season.
Davis had a knee-on-knee collision with Portland’s C.J. McCollum during Friday’s game against Portland and will miss Sunday’s game against the Clippers at the very minimum. Gentry admitted Friday night that the team may have to think about shutting Davis down for the season to prevent further damage.
“I wouldn’t say no to that. I wouldn’t say no to that,” Gentry said on the topic of resting Davis, via ESPN’s Justin Verrier. “I think we’ve gotta be smart collectively, along with him. And like I said, I think we’ll know a lot more after they talk to the doctors today. And then I think there can be some decisions made. I think that’s something that he would definitely have to consider.”
Gentry conceded several weeks ago that the Pelicans are out of the playoff race. If Davis is banged up, there is no reason to risk him and his future in dead-end games.
The Pelicans have 23 games remaining in the regular season and currently sit six games behind the Houston Rockets, who hold the eighth and final spot in the NBA’s Western Conference playoff race. In theory, New Orleans shouldn’t be written off yet. Realistically, well, that’s another story.
The Pelicans are certainly facing an uphill battle, one that head coach Alvin Gentry concedes is probably going to be too tough to climb.
An angry Alvin Gentry says the Pels are no longer in the playoff race. "No, we're not. We're not."
Wednesday night New Orleans lost its second game in a row, falling to the Rockets 100-95 to drop to five wins and five losses in their last ten games. It’s understandable why Gentry was upset after losing a game they could’ve used to make up ground. That said, this definitely is not what fans want to hear.
What started as a promising season after making the playoffs a year ago has largely been derailed by injuries. Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, and Tyreke Evans have all missed games due to various ailments and Jrue Holiday had his minutes limited early in the season as he recovered from surgery to repair a fractured tibia. One win in their first twelve games also didn’t help.
The good news is, as long as Anthony Davis is healthy, the Pelicans have at least a puncher’s chance to claw their way up into the top eight teams, even if it doesn’t seem likely.
Mike D’Antoni played an indirect role in the development of many players and coaches who helped the Golden State Warriors win an NBA championship, and his work was not overlooked on Tuesday night.
After the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6, both head coach Steve Kerr and assistant coach Alvin Gentry gave D’Antoni credit.
“Tell Mike D’Antoni he’s vindicated!” Gentry shouted, per ESPN’s Ethan Strauss. “We just kicked everyone’s ass playing the way everybody complained about!”
Gentry served as an assistant coach under D’Antoni with the Phoenix Suns from 2003 through 2008. It was during that span that Steve Nash emerged as a superstar and the Suns found success running an offense that featured plenty of 3-point shooting and pick-and-roll. Sound familiar?
D’Antoni’s influence was not lost on Kerr, who was the general manager of the Suns toward the end of D’Antoni’s tenure with the team.
“I think Steve (Nash) kind of laid out a vision for a whole generation of young point guards. And with the game changing, Mike D’Antoni kind of initiating that style in Phoenix, the floor starting to spread, the whole league kind of playing shooting fours and fives and playing a little faster,” Kerr said Tuesday, via Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk. “I think Mike and Steve in many ways set the table for Steph Curry. And I think Steph would tell you that too. He has great respect for Steve.”
While D’Antoni’s last several years as a head coach with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers did not go well, he had to have felt pretty good hearing the coaching staff of the NBA champions shower him in praise.
The Golden State Warriors are your 2014-15 NBA champions and assistant coach Alvin Gentry was the mastermind behind their historic, transcendent offense that proved once and for all that a jump-shooting team could in fact win an NBA championship.
While celebrating the Warriors’ championship-clinching 105-97 Game 6 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night in the champagne-soaked visitor’s locker room at Quicken Loans Arena, Gentry, who had accepted the head coaching position of the New Orleans Pelicans before the Finals began, had a message for his new superstar, Anthony Davis.
Though head coach Steve Kerr understandably wasn’t having any of it, Gentry’s 2015 reincarnation of Pat Riley’s famous “Next year, we’re gonna win it again” proclamation back in 1987 still made for a pretty awesome moment.
While Gentry will have his work cut out for him to deliver on that bold declaration next year, the idea of Anthony “Basketball Sharktopus” Davis teaming up with the man who produced one of the most revolutionary offenses in NBA history and took it to the championship is downright terrifying.
Alvin Gentry has been hired by the New Orleans Pelicans as their new head coach, according to a report.
ESPN’s Marc Stein says the two sides agreed to terms on a contract Saturday. Gentry is currently serving as an associate head coach of the Golden State Warriors and will not join the Pelicans until after the NBA Finals end.
Gentry, 60, is back in the head coaching game for the first time since being fired by the Suns during the 2012-2013 season. He has served as a head coach for the Heat, Pistons, Clippers and Suns during his career, leading two teams to the playoffs.
Gentry interviewed twice with the Pelicans before they hired him. He was a big part in instituting the Warriors’ successful offensive system, which likely was a big factor in New Orleans’ decision to hire him.