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Amid the championship glee, Alvin Gentry had a message for Anthony Davis

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!

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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry still dunking at 60

Age ain't nothing but a number. Alvin "skywalker" Gentry still getting up to throw down. @warriors #DubNation

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If I can do that at 60, yeah. I think I just sprained something thinking about it.

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Happy 25th Birthday Jrue Holiday

No, seriously. He's only 25 years old.

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Pistons trade for Ersan Ilyasova, Greg Monroe probably isn't coming home

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.

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Ryan Anderson is getting ready for next season now

Remember that Anderson was cleared for basketball related activities just nine months ago. He should be good to go by October!

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Anthony Davis talks about Alvin Gentry, Monty Williams and the 2015 Playoffs

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.

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Monty Williams going to the Oklahoma City Thunder as lead assistant

It should not be a surprise that Williams was immediately snatched up as an assistant.

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Golden State had mused about an Alvin Gentry offense in New Orleans long before we did

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!

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Ryan Anderson recharged and ready to get back to work

I am not alone expecting a bounce back year from Ryno. I would expect Anderson is looking forward to his new role under head coach Alvin Gentry.

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Pelicans hire Darren Erman as associate head coach

Well, that moved quickly.

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Pelicans targeting Darren Erman as chief defensive assistant

Erman's dismissal from Golden State was odd. The Celtics, who employed him prior to working under Mark Jackson, hired him again right away. Erman led the defense in Boston this season.

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Price difference between Alvin Gentry and Fred Hoiberg is substantial

Reasonable people can ask if the difference in dollars colored the decision the Pelicans ultimately made hiring Gentry.

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Alvin Gentry contract details as new Pelicans head coach

Gentry came quite cheap as head coaches go. Both Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr signed five year, $25 Million deals last summer.

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Pelicans officially announce Alvin Gentry as head coach, press release

Gentry will have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks.

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Eric Gordon catches an eight foot marlin fishing

I'm sure he would prefer to be busy preparing for another basketball game this time next year.

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Orlando Magic hire Scott Skiles, three NBA job openings remain

Was Skiles a serious candidate in New Orleans, or just a leverage play to get Orlando to move quickly? We'll never know for sure.

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Hearing on mental capacity of Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains closed to public, media

The outcome of this court decision will have a significant impact on Pelicans ownership.

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Pelicans interview Vinny Del Negro

Don't freak out ladies and gentlemen.

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Chicago Bulls fire Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans coaching candidate pool grows

The waiting game worked out well in this instance.

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Scott Skiles has interviewed with the New Orleans Pelicans

Turns out Demps is doing a lot of work behind the scenes. Agents now trying to leverage those contacts?

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Jeff Van Gundy interviewed with New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday

Great to hear that the New Orleans Pelicans and Dell Demps have indeed conducted a formal interview with JVG, one of our favorites here at The Bird Writes.

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What coaches are best at developing players?

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.

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Jeff Van Gundy interested in New Orleans Pelicans vacancy

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!

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Anthony Davis named to All-NBA First Team

After a stellar year leading the Pelicans to a playoff berth AD was selected to the All-NBA 1st team. Not bad for a guy who just turned 22.

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Anthony Davis makes All Defensive Second Team

A stiff challenge among forwards as Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green, the top two finishers for Defensive Player of the Year, took the first team slots. All-NBA teams should be out this week or next.

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Scott Brooks passing on potential interview with New Orleans Pelicans

At least this time it isn't because the Pelicans are cheap? I kid. Coaching in the NBA is a grind, taking a (paid) year off to spend it with his family sounds like a solid move for Mr. Brooks.

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John Calipari interested in the New Orleans head coaching vacancy...or not?

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. UPDATE: 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

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Pelicans granted permission to talk to Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry

Not surprising that the lead assistant on the NBA's best team is a candidate.

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The Pelicans had several incredibly proficient perimeter shooters in the 2nd-half of the season

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!

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Ryan Anderson and Jeff Withey headed for some fun in Ibiza, Spain

Let's just hope they've both seen The Dark Knight Rises and learned the correct pronunciation.

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Pelicans "Pride" uniforms coming, Mardi Gras unis reborn?

Please give me Mardi Gras uniforms. PLEASE!

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Seth Curry commits to Pelicans summer league team

Dell Demps is doing more than just looking for the next head coach.