The Pelicans have fired head coach Alvin Gentry after failing to make the NBA playoffs.
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Gentry, who had been in cost since Might 2015, guided the Pelicans to a 30-42 season in 2019-20, sufficient just for 13th place within the West. The Pelicans received simply twice throughout their eight seeding video games.
New Orleans vp of basketball operations David Griffin launched an announcement on the transfer.
“I am grateful for and appreciative of Alvin’s dedication to the group and, most significantly, the area people. The town of New Orleans is richer due to his presence right here. These kind of strikes are sometimes about match and timing, and we imagine now could be the proper time to make this variation and herald a brand new voice.”
Proprietor Gayle Benson added: “Our intention shifting ahead is to seek out the proper head coach that may information this Pelicans staff to compete for championships. That’s what our followers deserve.”
Massive issues have been anticipated of the Pelicans this yr after they landed the No.1 decide within the 2019 draft lottery, and chosen standout Duke star Zion Williamson. Williamson tore his meniscus in preseason, nevertheless, and couldn’t make his skilled debut till January, by which level New Orleans struggled to remain within the postseason image.
Regardless of the struggles, the Pelicans secured an invitation to the bubble in Orlando. However Gentry’s Pelicans completed final amongst these Western Convention groups to make the journey to Florida — regardless of a comparatively type schedule — with Williamson once more struggling for health after leaving the bubble forward of the restart earlier than returning.
It was a well-known disappointing theme for New Orleans, who solely reached the playoffs in one in all Gentry’s 5 seasons on the helm.
Led by Anthony Davis, who made a blockbuster commerce to the Los Angeles Lakers final yr, the staff misplaced within the convention semi-finals in 2017-18.