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Alvin Gentry named the new head coach of the Pelicans

Sources claim Gentry was selected for style -- management wants New Orleans to play at a quicker pace.

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Per Marc Stein:

As you may have surmised from the articles around here, Gentry was not among my top 3 or 4 candidates for the position; however, there were plenty who looked forward to this announcement. Either way, everyone should throw their support behind him -- he's the new head coach for better or worse.

Now, it'll be interesting to see how he fills out the rest of his coaching staff. Over the last several seasons, the Pelicans defense has rated in the bottom third of the league, but the offense wavered between respectable and good. Hopefully, he'll be able to move both needles in a positive direction.

Geaux Pelicans!

Update #1:

Well, if Dell Demps and company were concerned with pace, it's tough to find a better candidate than Gentry.

Update #2:

Sounds like that at least a few of the brass really wanted Van Gundy.