Former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry joins Kings staff

The Sacramento Kings have added former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry to their staff as associate head coach, the team announced on Wednesday.

Gentry, who was fired by the Pelicans in August after the team missed the playoffs for a second straight season, reunites with Kings head coach Luke Walton.

The pair were assistants under Steve Kerr with Golden State during the 2014-15 campaign, a season in which the Warriors won an NBA-best 67 games and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The 65-year-old Gentry brings 17 years of experience as an NBA head coach to Sacramento, the last five coming with New Orleans. He also served in that role with Miami (1995), Detroit (1997-2000), the Los Angeles Clippers (2000-03) and Phoenix (2008-13).

“I’m excited to add Alvin’s valuable experience and leadership to the team,” said Walton. “His veteran coaching perspective will be a great addition and I looking forward to working with him again to continue developing our group.”

Gentry has compiled a 510-595 overall record as a head coach, including a 175-225 mark with the Pelicans. His best season came with the Suns in 2009-10, when Phoenix won 54 regular season games and reached the Western Conference Finals while leading the NBA in scoring at 110.2 points per game.

Sacramento finished 31-41 in Walton’s first season in 2019-20. The Kings have missed the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the NBA.

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