After rumors started swirling that Alvin Gentry would join Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s apparently happened. For reals.
A source revealed to ESPN LA that the former Phoenix Suns coach would be joining the Clips as an associate head coach because of his former experience there. As Ramona Shelburne writes:
“Gentry was sought out 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 Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix. Gentry will be asked to do similar work in L.A. with young Clippers forward Blake Griffin.”
There are two takeaways from that. The first is that Gentry was thought to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers if he didn’t get a head coaching job because of his history with Mike D’Antoni. This Clippers gig must have seemed like a more attractive offer for him, and it’s good news for Lakers fans.
The other thing is that if he was hired to help build up Griffin, it must mean that the young player is off the trading block, for all intensive purposes. It was previously thought that the Clippers were going to try to package him to get Dwight Howard.
Gentry should work very well with Rivers and this young, talented squad.