The Pelicans are loaded to Gentry and are already targeting the market

Kidd, Lue, Atkinson and Vaughn, among the favorites to replace Shelby's coach. He leaves after 5 seasons on the bench at the Smoothie King Center and after a disappointing season.


The NBA is already looking askance at next season. Although the playoffs begin this Monday, the franchises are already beginning to outline their projects for the next year and the results point to the bench as the first step. During this week, there have been up to 3 movements on the NBA benches. Pacers and Celtics announced the continuity of their respective coaches, while the Bulls announced the departure of Jim Boylen after 2 seasons.

In the same vein as the Chicago franchise, the Pelicans are betting on the change on the bench. Those of New Orleans have decided to dispense with the services of Alvin Gentry, after five seasons on the bench of the franchise. Shelby's coach leaves after 400 games, in which he collected 175 wins and 225 losses. Gayle Benson, owner of the franchise, assured after announcing the dismissal of the importance of making changes: "We believe that making a change of coach is necessary. It has been to admire the dedication, leadership and perseverance of Gentry during these years. Our intention is to Finding a coach to help us fight for the ring is what our people deserve, "he said.

During Gentry's five-year run, the Pelicans have barely been able to reach the playoffs in one season. It happened in the 2017-2018 season, in which they finished sixth in the West. Their experience among the 16 best in the competition was not the best, they were barely able to overcome the first round after eliminating the Blazers with a resounding 4-0, however the Warriors, a franchise that took the ring that season, brought them down with a strong 4-1 in the semifinals of the West. Rondo, Mirotic, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, currently on the team, Moore, Crawford or Hill made up that team.

Injuries, the coach was forced to use up to 42 starting fives during his first season and more than 140 different ones throughout his entire stage, made it difficult for Gentry to lead a franchise that started each season with high expectations, without However, he never did. This season has not been oblivious to that reality, Ingram, Ball, Zion, Favors, Melli, Redick, made up a team called to fight for the playoffs, however injuries and the irregularity of some struts have prevented fighting for eighth place in the West.

The path of the Pelicans in the bubble has been disastrous. 2 victories, against the Grizzlies and some Wizards who reached the bubble without having any sports motivation, and 6 defeats left New Orleans midway through without any option of even fighting for ninth place and force play -in. They have finished the season as the worst team in the West, of which was in the bubble, with 30 wins and 42 losses.

His poor performance in Orlando has forced the higher echelons of the franchise to dispense with Gentry and target the coaching market. Jason Kidd, who has already sounded for the Knicks bench and currently Vogel's assistant coach in the Lakers, Ty Lue, a member of Doc Rivers' coaching staff in the Clippers, Kenny Atkinson or Jacque Vaughn, past and present on the Nets bench are among the candidates.

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