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Alvin Gentry offers cheeky response to question about job status

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Now that the New Orleans Pelicans have been eliminated from playoff contention, all the focus shifts to head coach Alvin Gentry and his future with the team.

Gentry has one year left on his contract with the Pelicans. The veteran tactician, when asked about his job status with the Pelicans, sarcastically said he wouldn’t fire himself.

The Pelicans hired Gentry in the summer of 2015 after he won the 2015 championship with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. Unfortunately, his run in New Orleans hasn’t been filled with a lot of success and he was part of the regime that lost superstar big man Anthony Davis.

After Sunday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Gentry dropped to 175-223 with the Pelicans in the regular season. He’s guided the team to the playoffs only once. That was back in 2018 when Davis led New Orleans to the second round by sweeping Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.

The Pelicans appear to have a bright future with Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball leading the way. However, the team mightily underachieved during the bubble games down in Orlando, Florida and some fans of the club are ready for VP David Griffin to move on from Gentry and conduct a thorough coaching search in the offseason.