Pelicans part ways with head coach Alvin Gentry

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Alvin Gentry. He was fired on Saturday after the team struggled in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.

The Pelicans were eliminated from the playoffs. When the league returned in July after the shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Orleans began the restart as the 8th seed.

Alvin Gentry (Photo by the Associated Press)

However, during the seeding games, they lost that spot. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in game to win the 8th seed in the playoffs.

“I’m grateful for and appreciative of Alvin’s commitment to the organization and, most importantly, the local community,” Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin said. “The City of New Orleans is richer because of his presence here. These types of moves are often about fit and timing, and we believe now is the right time to make this change and bring in a new voice.”

The Pelicans finished this season with a 30-42 record. New Orleans finished 13th in the Western Conference with the 30-42 following eight seeding games.

The team went 2-6 in the Orlando bubble.

Gentry became the team’s head coach in May 2015. He went a combined 175-225 (.438) during his tenure.

“I want to thank Alvin for his contributions to the Pelicans and the New Orleans community,” Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson said. “We believe that making a head coaching change is necessary at this time. I truly appreciate Alvin’s leadership, dedication and perseverance through some challenging circumstances over the past five seasons. He will always be a part of our Pelicans family, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.

“Our intention moving forward is to find the right head coach that will guide this Pelicans team to compete for championships. That is what our fans deserve.”

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