How cool is that? Minutes after Alvin Gentry and the Golden State Warriors had won the 2015 NBA championship, the Pelicans next head coach uttered a message repeatedly for an NBA player that wasn't even a part of the Finals. Anthony Davis has to be beaming from ear to ear!
I had held out hope that the Pelicans could find a way to go after Greg Monroe this summer. News today that the Pistons traded for Ersan Ilyasova, and spent practically nothing to do so, ends those hopes. Any sign-and-trade pact centered around Detroit's need for a stretch four in the person of Ryan Anderson.
Anthony Davis can't wait to get to work with Alvin Gentry. He's excited by the success Amar'e Stoudemire enjoyed in an up-tempo environment as well as all the variations of the pick and roll that were utilized.
AD admits that he remains in close contact with Monty Williams and he wishes nothing but the best for his first NBA head coach.
Lastly, Davis talks about what he wishes he and the Pelicans would have done differently in their playoff series where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Before the Pelicans were eliminated from the 2015 NBA playoffs, Luke Walton stated their coaching staff had pondered the idea of Gentry's offensive philosophy being utilized in New Orleans. Anthony Davis finding himself amid a sea of a great spacing? Why, that wouldn't be fair!
With the New Orleans Pelicans in the midst of coaching search, it's meaningful to do and look at a number of studies. One important aspect is to examine player improvement. Although this article admits its far from perfect, the data gives a general idea of how well players' performances progressed under their respected coaches.
Have a look at how well Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau rank in comparison to their peers. Meanwhile, Mark Jackson's ranking will probably surprise you while Alvin Gentry will have you running for the hills.
Another candidate with head coaching experience has emerged according to ESPN's Marc Stein. While Van Gundy himself has avoided expressing interest when asked Stein reports that Van Gundy is not only interested; he is under consideration for the head coaching position. Oleh will have an deep dive into Van Gundy tomorrow, be on the look out!
Well, well, well. It looks like one of the most revered collegiate coaches has an interest giving the NBA a second shot. After compiling a lowly 39.1 winning percentage across three seasons in New Jersey (1996-99), Coach Calipari is salivating at improving that record through Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans and company.
Five months ago, our own Jamile Dunn examined this very scenario. It's safe to say it's very relevant again considering Calipari has decided to throw his hat in New Orleans.
Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK. — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015
Fans remember well that Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter were solid from three-point territory in 2014-15. However, from Game 42 and on, they sat amid names like Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver. Clap your hands everybody!