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Despite leading the Pelicans to the NBA Playoffs, head coach Monty Williams was fired shortly after their first round loss to the Warriors.
Williams had a great relationship with Anthony Davis and the fans loved him.
There were many names linked to the Pelicans new head coaching position, such as Jeff Van Gundy, John Calipari and Vinny Del Negro, however none of the above got the job.
The team announced on Sunday that Warriors assistant and former Suns head coach Alvin Gentry will take over the teams bench.
Gentry will be headed to New Orleans as soon as the NBA Finals wrap up.
The New Orleans Pelicans named Alvin Gentry the team’s head coach, it was announced today by Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Dell Demps. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Gentry becomes the sixth head coach in franchise history.
“We are excited to announce that Alvin Gentry is the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. We warmly welcome Alvin and his family to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “After assessing our team, along with the core values of the Pelicans, we created a list of characteristics and qualities we wanted in our head coach. We conducted an extensive coaching search that identified Alvin Gentry as the right person to lead our team.”