Pelicans fire head coach Alvin Gentry

Pelicans fire head coach Alvin Gentry
Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry at 2019 Media Day

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Alvin Gentry.

Exec. VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin announced on Saturday, August 15, that Gentry has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

The Pelicans had a disappointing performance in the NBA’s restart in Orlando with a 2-6 record. During Gentry’s five seasons in New Orleans, the Pelicans went 175-225.

“I’m grateful for and appreciative of Alvin’s commitment to the organization and, most importantly, the local community,” said Griffin. “The City of New Orleans is richer because of his presence here. These types of moves are often about fit and timing, and we believe now is the right time to make this change and bring in a new voice.”

“I want to thank Alvin for his contributions to the Pelicans and the New Orleans community,” said Pelicans owner Gayle Benson. “We believe that making a head coaching change is necessary at this time. I truly appreciate Alvin’s leadership, dedication and perseverance through some challenging circumstances over the past five seasons. He will always be a part of our Pelicans family, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future. Our intention moving forward is to find the right head coach that will guide this Pelicans team to compete for championships. That is what our fans deserve.”

Gentry was named head coach of the Pelicans on May 30, 2015. He compiled a 175-225 (.438) regular season record in five seasons with New Orleans, earning one playoff berth in 2018 and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. The Pelicans finished the 2019-20 season with a 30-42 record.

Gentry ranks second all-time in Hornets/Pelicans franchise history with 175 trailing only Byron Scott. Gentry also is the only coach in franchise history to have a winning record, 5-4, in the playoffs. Perhaps the most telling statistic is Gentry’s teams allowed an average of 111.5 points per game in five seasons. It was an average ranking of 25th in the NBA.

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