Zion said: Gentry was fired from the Pelicans – Sports5


It was in the air following the bubble failure, and tonight (Saturday) it became official: Alvin Gentry (65) was fired from coaching the New Orleans Pelicans, the club announced. Zion Williamson and his friends embark on a new path.

According to an ESPN report, Jason Kidd and Tyrone Lou are the top candidates to replace Gentry on the lines. Another name mentioned as a candidate is that of Jacques Vaughan, but it currently holds the position of coach of the Brooklyn Nets and will only become relevant if the franchise from New York decides to part with him at the end of the season.

New Orleans came to the season renewal in Orlando with a good chance of entering at least the play-off tournament for promotion to the playoffs from eighth place in the West, but failed in the moment of truth. Gentry’s team lost six of its eight games and dropped to 13th place in the West. That brought to an end a five-year period in which Gentry coached the Pelicans.

Gentry came to New Orleans as head coach in 2015, and in his five seasons at the club, he failed to build a defensive team, to say the least. In four of those five seasons, the Pelicans have finished among the top five teams to concede points per game in the league. This season New Orleans’ rivals averaged 117 points against them. Only Minnesota, Washington and Atlanta have absorbed more.

Also, in four of the five seasons he failed to lead the team to more than 34 wins. At the same time, he also led her to the Western Semifinals in the 2017/18 season.


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