He was being considered for some head coaching jobs including one with the Los Angeles Clippers. But instead of taking on that position with the Clippers, Gentry has decided to join Doc Rivers staff as an assistant head coach. According to ESPN Los Angeles reporter Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni gave his blessing to Gentry this morning.
Alvin Gentry will join Doc Rivers staff with the Clippers, source tells ESPN. D’Antoni gave his blessing this morning.
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Besides being considered for some head coaching jobs this offseason, Gentry was mainly trying to decide which assistant job he wanted and it appears he’s found the one he wants on Rivers staff. Prior to his decision to join the Clippers coaching staff, Gentry was considering joining Rivers staff already so the fact that he’s found his way on the the same sideline as the head coach makes perfect sense.
It’s not the most glamorous job being an assistant but Gentry seems to be lining himself up well to be a Brain Shaw type pick of the litter coach either next season or the year after that. Shaw was an assistant on Frank Vogel’s staff in Indiana and the Pacers ride to the Eastern Conference Finals made him a star on the coaching market.
That seems to be the future for Gentry who was already getting some head coaching consideration but some time served on Rivers staff in Los Angeles will only fast track him to a top job down the road.