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.
Apparently it was more than just Phoenix’s play in the second quarter that made Suns coach Alvin Gentry sick. Watching TNT’s halftime show of Game 5 between the Suns and the Lakers, they played the following clip of Suns coach Alvin Gentry puking on the bench. The TNT crew says it’s because Gentry had a deep fried avocado. I don’t know how much I buy that because I know nerves play a big role in regurgitation. Anyway, here’s the Alvin Gentry throwing up video:
I’m guessing it was more about Kobe’s three straight threes that made him sick though Gentry probably wouldn’t admit it.
Cat got out of the bag that Shaq was going to Twitter at halftime of a game but the AP picked up on it and that kind of screwed things up. Shaq was going to do it as a response to Charlie Villanueva who got busted by Scott Skiles for updating his Twitter last weekend during a game. The best part isn’t that Shaq was going to be a copycat, it’s Suns’ coach Alvin Gentry’s response:
“If he gets 25 and 11, he can do anything he wants,” Gentry said. “He can Twitter, he can Facebook, he can — whatever the hell the other one is, MySpace … he gets 25 and 11, he can do just about anything he wants.”
Well, that’s one way to look at things. I guess you figure you can’t stop a guy, especially someone with as big of an ego as Shaq, so just let him do his thing as long as he’s producing. I heard another person make the comparison that a twitter update at halftime is no different from doing a halftime TV interview. You know my thoughts on those so it’s no surprise my feelings on halftime twitter updates is consistent. By Gentry’s logic, does this mean if Steve Nash has his best games when he lays the pipe to a midget at halftime then Alvin’s cool with it? I guess so. Oh yeah, and if Shaq can get 25 and 11 despite thinking about twittering at halftime, maybe he can get 30 and 13 if he’s not. How about that, Alvin?