Dec. 22, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry reacts to an officials call during the second quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 96-93. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers to interview Alvin Gentry for head coach job


The Los Angeles Lakers are making rounds in regards to their search for a new head coach and today the carousal stops with Alvin Gentry, who is expected to interview with the team in the very near future.

Gentry is no stranger the the NBA sideline as he’s had head coaching pit stops with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns though he’s likely best known for being one of the league’s top assistants.

Hired by the Los Angeles Clippers last season to be their lead assistant, Gentry has emerged as one of the most in-demand coaches this offseason as multiple teams have contacted him for not only assistant coaching positions, but also head coaching jobs as well.

The Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers have reported interest in Gentry as a head coach while the Sacramento Kings, who are void of a head assistant coach position, have reached out to the North Carolina native as well.

Now it’s the Lakers turn, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After talking with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak by phone last Friday, Gentry has an interview with Kupchak and vice president Jim Buss on Wednesday to talk about replacing Mike D’Antoni, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Gentry, who has already interviewed with the Utah Jazz and is scheduled to do so with the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged as a candidate for the Lakers job after ownership became impressed with his offensive philosophies.

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