Gentry Spurns Lakers Offer for Clippers Job
Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry will join Doc Rivers’ new staff with the Los Angeles Clippers as an associate head coach, according to a source.
Gentry was sought by Rivers because of his institutional knowledge of the franchise, where he was a head coach from 2001-03, and his reputation as an offensive-minded coach who helped get the best out of current New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix. Gentry will be asked to do similar work in L.A. with young Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
Gentry was a finalist for the head coaching jobs in Memphis and Charlotte this year, but always had something of a standing offer to join Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would’ve been an assistant coach.