Although the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year in George Karl has expressed heavy interest in the Memphis Grizzlies head coaching vacancy, that didn’t stop the Grizzlies from interviewing other potential candidates.
One such candidate was former Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Alvin Gentry who apparently left the Memphis brass impressed after their pow-wow yesterday.
Per CBS’ Ken Berger:
Grizzlies met yesterday with former Suns coach Alvin Gentry about head coaching vacancy and came away extremely impressed, source says.
With a career 335-370 record, Gentry doesn’t come with the pedigree that other potential options, like the aforementioned Karl do, but he should come cheaper, something a “small market” team like Memphis has to consider.
Gentry last coached the Phoenix Suns before being fired mid-way through the 2012-13 season. He lead the Suns, along with Steve Nash to the Western Conference Finals in 2009-10 before falling to the Lakers. It was only Gentry’s second playoff appearance, his lone other coming during the 1998-99 lockout shortened season as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.