The Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach search is now in its second week, and their next candidate to interview is expected to be current Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, according to Jame Herbert of CBSSports.com.
Prior to his job with the Clippers, Gentry had a four-season stint as the head coach with the Phoenix Suns that included one playoff appearance that resulted in a trip to the Western Conference Finals where they lost in six games to the Lakers. Gentry was an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni‘s staff before being named the official head coach of the Suns for the 2009-10 regular season. He was later fired midway through the 2012-13 season.
Gentry was also a head coach for three seasons each with the Clippers and Detroit Pistons by the early 2000s. Along with the Lakers, he has been linked to the head coach vacancy with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz. He is expected to meet with the Cavaliers on Friday and met the Jazz last week.
The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings also have been rumored to have interest in Gentry but as a lead assistant for their respective teams.
As for Los Angeles, the 59-year-old is the fourth person that will be interviewed in their head coach search so far, as the team has already spoken to Mike Dunleavy Sr., Byron Scott, and Lionel Hollins this past week. The Lakers are expected to take at least a couple more weeks before naming a head coach as team general manager Mitch Kupchak stated last week that they are no rush to make a hire.
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