Pels: It’s Time to Fire Gentry

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    Dear Pelicans fans, we have been saying “fire Gentry” for a couple of years now, but this is different. This time, we really mean it. Of the five seasons Gentry has spent as the head coach of the Pelicans, only once did we finish with a winning record. The Pelicans have gone 5-4 in the playoffs since hiring Gentry. However, four of those wins were from the Pelicans’ sweep of Dame D.O.L.L.A. and the Trailblazers. Those four losses came from the Pelicans’ 1-4 second round exit to the Warriors who ended up sweeping the Cavaliers in the finals. 

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 09: Head coach Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans watches action during a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on October 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Let’s move on and take a look at some of the players Alvin Gentry has had in the last five years including this year (asterisks and carets mark players who were on the roster at the same time):

    Anthony Davis*

    Demarcus Cousins*

    Rajon Rondo*

    Julius Randle*

    Jrue Holiday*^

    Zion Williamson^

    Brandon Ingram^

    Gentry has had good talent and at least one superstar on the roster every year in New Orleans, but the best any of those teams ever did was 48 wins and the 6th seed (both the 4 and 5 seeds won 48 games, while the 7 and 8 seeds won 47 games).

    Below is a list of a few heach coaches that Gentry has outlasted compared to his statistics with the Pelicans. 

    Alvin Gentry:  175-223 (43.9%), 5-4 in the playoffs

    Tom Thibodeau (Minnesota):  97-107 (47.5%), 0 playoff appearances

    Jason Kidd (Milwaukee):  139-152 (47.8%), 12-4 in the playoffs

    Tyronn Lue (Cleveland):  128-83 (60.7%), 41-20 in the playoffs, 1 ring

    I find it very interesting that these coaches all spent less time with their teams than Gentry has and have mostly better statistics, but Gentry still hasn’t been fired. Ty Lue was fired one season after his star player left, so could this mean that we are finally going to see Gentry get canned, or is David Griffin just going to let Gentry finish the last year on his contract? Let us know what you think!

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    My name is Peter Laughlin and you can find me on Instagram @TheKickerReport or @GlacierBoyPeter. I am an 18-year-old senior in highschool born and raised in New Orleans. In 2021, I will be attending the University of Tampa. I plan on double majoring in Entrepreneurship and Sport Management since I am an aspiring entrepreneur. In addition to being a writer, I also host the Field2Court Football Podcast.


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