Alvin Gentry could join Doc Rivers’ staff with Sixers
Former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry could join Doc Rivers’ staff on the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Pelicans fired Gentry after the seeding games ended at Walt Disney World, while the Sixers hired Rivers as their new head coach after Doc and the Los Angeles Clippers parted ways.
A serious possibility to join Rivers' staff with the Sixers, sources tell ESPN: Former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. https://t.co/zwz4V4sFSD
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Alvin Gentry has been an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Clippers, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. He has plenty of knowledge about the game of basketball and would be an ideal addition to Doc Rivers’ staff on the Sixers.
All-Star center Joel Embiid and the Sixers were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. The team was forced to play without Ben Simmons, who underwent knee surgery.
The Sixers fired Brett Brown as head coach after the playoffs finished and the team arrived back to Philadelphia. Rivers is inheriting a talented roster in Philly, but some of the parts don’t really fit.
While the odds of Embiid or Simmons getting traded are very low, Tobias Harris and/or Al Horford could get moved since both guys are making a lot of money and don’t really fit the bill of max contract players.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that Rivers coached Harris on the Clippers, so Doc may want to keep the swingman in Philadelphia.
The Sixers haven’t been to the NBA Finals since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson led them there in 2001. The fans in Philadelphia are hoping Rivers is the coach who can bring the franchise back to prominence.