On last night’s local WDSU news broadcast, Fletcher Mackel reported Mickey Loomis, the team president of the New Orleans Pelicans, is leaning towards keeping both Dell Demps, the general manager, and Alvin Gentry, the head coach, for another season.
With another abysmal start to kick off a regular season schedule, Demps and Gentry found themselves quickly on the hot seat during the 2016-17 campaign. The Pelicans were in the midst of fading from another playoff picture when they made the league’s biggest earthshaking deal before the NBA trade deadline during the All-Star break.
The trade for DeMarcus Cousins has apparently bought Demps and Gentry more time, but it’s not difficult to understand the rationale. According to Mackel, maintaining stability around the Pelicans newest superstar is key for next season. As a member of the Kings, Cousins went through four head coaches, three general managers and two owners — quite the dysfunctional situation in Sacramento!
It’s important to remember how much of a role both Demps and Gentry played in helping Cousins make a smooth transition to New Orleans, and Boogie was publicly grateful for their actions and gestures.
“Oh, they’ve been great. They’ve made this situation a lot more comfortable for me. They actually flew into town to see me and we’re going to fly back together.”
In addition, note the facts that Cousins will be entering final season on his contract and the organization is in the midst of persuading Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the team. Ownership likely believes their best chance at keeping a core of Anthony Davis, Holiday and Cousins for the long term is by not rocking the boat now.
If this is indeed the plan, let’s pray it works.