Clippers To Pursue 'Big Name' Coach

Clippers To Pursue 'Big Name' Coach

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun May 26, 2013 1:21 pm

Alvin Gentry Expresses Interest In Clippers Job

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By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Although Alvin Gentry has a standing invitation to join Mike D'Antoni's staff as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers next season, he'd prefer to return to Los Angeles as a head coach ... with the Clippers.

"If you look at that job, it's probably the best one out there," Gentry said of the Clippers' vacancy Thursday in an interview on ESPNLA 710. "When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year."

League sources have told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Gentry will be considered for the Clippers' job once the process gets more serious.

Other candidates the Clippers are expected to consider, according to league sources, include former Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, Golden State assistant coach Michael Malone, Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw and Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins.

Gentry, who was the Clippers' head coach from 2000-03, said he's maintained good relationships with the franchise even though his previous tenure ended with him being fired midway through his third season.

But that young team -- with Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Corey Maggette, Darius Miles, Keyon Dooling and Quentin Richardson -- just wasn't ready to turn the corner yet.

"The one year [2001-02] we went 39-43, we just could not win some of the close games down the stretch because we were just so young," Gentry said.

Odom subsequently publicly apologized to Gentry for his immaturity in those years.

This Clippers team, though, is anything but young.

"It just needs a little tweaking," Gentry said. "I don't think you need to have someone come in and do completely the opposite. Vinny [Del Negro] did a good job, and I think everyone knows that. They need someone who can manage egos, that's huge with that team.

"You need someone who can manage the bench. That bench has been great for them and pretty much won probably 10-12 games outright for them. And you need someone who can come up with plays at the end of the game, a little more ball movement maybe.

"They [the Clippers] played Memphis [in the first round of the playoffs], and Memphis, they uglied up the game. It's a grind with them, and they couldn't quite get over the hump. But that team is very talented and talented enough that with a few things here and there, they could still be playing right now."

Gentry, who took the Phoenix Suns on a surprising run to the 2010 Western Conference finals, said he's been in touch with D'Antoni throughout the season. He also recently interviewed in Charlotte, which is about 90 minutes from his family's hometown of Shelby, N.C.

"I would obviously like to be a head coach with any team in the league," he said when asked whether he'd prefer a head-coaching job or an assistant job on D'Antoni's staff.

"I would love to run the team again. But if you weren't gonna be a head coach and the opportunity was going to be there, I still think the Lakers are the most historic franchise in this league."

Gentry served as an assistant coach under D'Antoni in Phoenix from 2004-08. He would slide back into a similar role with D'Antoni if he didn't get either of the head-coaching jobs he's interviewed for. And he said it's no small consolation prize.

"I think that team [the Lakers] are going to be really good next year," Gentry said. "Obviously a lot depends on how Kobe returns from the [Achilles tendon] injury, and that's a tough injury. But I can tell you right now that he is the one guy I would never bet against.

"And to me personally, I didn't think Dwight Howard was healthy [last year]. I know Dwight won't say that, but I think you're gonna see a new Dwight Howard next year. I think you'll see the same Dwight Howard you saw the last seven, eight years that you saw in this league.

"And the fact that they didn't have Pau [Gasol] for a stretch, and Steve [Nash] never really got acclimated because he was out for so long. I still think that that's gonna be a really, really good basketball team."


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Clippers To Pursue 'Big Name' Coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers will pursue multiple big name candidates before opening their coaching search, according to a source.

Among those candidates are Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins.

Alvin Gentry, Byron Scott and Michael Malone are also considered candidates for the Clippers.


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Postby dmaul on Sun May 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Only guys desperate for an NBA gig would choose to be employed by that cheap, racially discriminating, real estate slumlord who also happen to own an NBA team. And you'll have to have good lawyers when you get fired and he doesn't pay you the remainder of the contract you're owed. So you'll have to take him to court to get your money. Ask Mike Dunleavy.

This guy is comical with the types of ads he takes out in the LA Times. It's either something advertising his apartment complexes with big breasted women frolicking on the beach or it's an ad touting his generosity and philanthropy with pictures of celebrities who presumably will attest to how great a man Donald Sterling is.
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Postby Weezy on Sun May 26, 2013 3:27 pm

I'll believe it when I see it, Sterling is the worst owner ever and I've heard repeatedly recently that he brags about cutting costs by hiring cheap coaches. Would suck if they get Brian Shaw and he turns out to be a great coach though.
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Postby karacha on Sun May 26, 2013 3:49 pm

How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?
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Postby PurpleNGold1 on Sun May 26, 2013 3:53 pm

karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:
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Postby gill on Sun May 26, 2013 4:21 pm

Too bad Mike Brown is back in Cleveland.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sun May 26, 2013 5:53 pm

Seems like its a disease in LA these day....... It's not the coach....... In either case. :man10:
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Postby 432J on Sun May 26, 2013 6:55 pm

take d'antoni. there's your big name coach
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Postby Kasumi on Sun May 26, 2013 7:01 pm

PurpleNGold1 wrote:
karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:

I'm all for this, sounds like a great idea to me!
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Postby therealdeal on Tue May 28, 2013 9:15 am

Kasumi wrote:
PurpleNGold1 wrote:
karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:

I'm all for this, sounds like a great idea to me!

We all joke, but D'Antoni is actually a GREAT fit for the Clippers...
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Postby Finwë on Tue May 28, 2013 2:42 pm

Rooscooter wrote:Seems like its a disease in LA these day....... It's not the coach....... In either case. :man10:

I can see you arguing that both teams have big roster issues that need addressing, but IMO the Clippers' struggles had as much to do with the roster as they did with Del Negro. He was flat out terrible in the playoffs, got outcoached by Hollins big time.
The Clippers were actually one of the alleged "elite" teams in the RS, and then they failed in the POs, partly because of the different playing style (slower pace, much fewer fastbreak points) and the way the roster fitted that style, partly because Paul isn't enough IMO to put a flawed team over the top, and also partly because of Del Negro and his inability to adjust on the fly / overall stupidity in terms of choosing lineups...

They need to improve the roster, yes, but Del Negro definitely needs to go.
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Postby Lakerjones on Tue May 28, 2013 5:50 pm

therealdeal wrote:
Kasumi wrote:
PurpleNGold1 wrote:
karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:

I'm all for this, sounds like a great idea to me!

We all joke, but D'Antoni is actually a GREAT fit for the Clippers...


I think he really would be. I was thinking that even before we got saddled with him. He's kind of perfect for that team.
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Postby Rooscooter on Tue May 28, 2013 7:16 pm

Finwë wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:Seems like its a disease in LA these day....... It's not the coach....... In either case. :man10:

I can see you arguing that both teams have big roster issues that need addressing, but IMO the Clippers' struggles had as much to do with the roster as they did with Del Negro. He was flat out terrible in the playoffs, got outcoached by Hollins big time.
The Clippers were actually one of the alleged "elite" teams in the RS, and then they failed in the POs, partly because of the different playing style (slower pace, much fewer fastbreak points) and the way the roster fitted that style, partly because Paul isn't enough IMO to put a flawed team over the top, and also partly because of Del Negro and his inability to adjust on the fly / overall stupidity in terms of choosing lineups...

They need to improve the roster, yes, but Del Negro definitely needs to go.



Well.... the Clips have gone where Chris Paul has always gone.... out by the second round. They can keep changing coaches but if they want to get further they need to look at the roster and their "leader" IMO. Paul has played with all stars and under decent coaches and it's always the same..... at some point you have to look at the players on the floor.

Coaches in the NBA can make a difference in a few situations and the playoffs are one of them. I agree that a great coach can help in a series by making adjustments but you don't see many if any teams led by very ball dominant point guard go too deep in the post season.
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Postby abeer3 on Tue May 28, 2013 8:29 pm

I don't think coaching is going to make griffin a better player in the halfcourt. so big name away.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Tue May 28, 2013 9:44 pm

therealdeal wrote:
Kasumi wrote:
PurpleNGold1 wrote:
karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:

I'm all for this, sounds like a great idea to me!

We all joke, but D'Antoni is actually a GREAT fit for the Clippers...


Yeah, whatever. But in the playoffs against other really good teams and much better coaches who actually plan defense and scout and make in game adjustments, he's always going to come up short. How long has he been around and how lacking is he still in those areas.
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Postby dwighthowardsdad on Wed May 29, 2013 8:16 am

They'll go after Lionel Hollins; if they can't acquire him, then it's B. Scott, IMO.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Wed May 29, 2013 9:14 am

Is Hollins' contract up, or they have to ask Memphis "permission"? If latter Memphis should tell Sterling to go pound sand.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed May 29, 2013 9:27 am

LTLakerFan wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
Kasumi wrote:
PurpleNGold1 wrote:
karacha wrote:How about D'Antoni? He's a big name coach, sort of. And he would probably do OK with their team. Maybe we can trade him there and hire, I don't know... Shaw?

same thing i been thinking "great minds think alike" :man12: :man9:

I'm all for this, sounds like a great idea to me!

We all joke, but D'Antoni is actually a GREAT fit for the Clippers...


Yeah, whatever. But in the playoffs against other really good teams and much better coaches who actually plan defense and scout and make in game adjustments, he's always going to come up short. How long has he been around and how lacking is he still in those areas.

I don't know what your argument is, but my statement still stands.

He's a perfect fit for the Clippers. They're athletic, young, able to handle a big work load, deep when necessary, PG driven, able to run the floor, they use their athleticism for defense which helps him not have to create a defensive scheme.

He's a natural fit in the Clipper locker room.
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Postby gcclaker on Wed May 29, 2013 9:49 am

^Yes, and with that personnel D'Antoni does not have to deal with incorporating a post game in his schemes.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed May 29, 2013 12:37 pm

gcclaker wrote:^Yes, and with that personnel D'Antoni does not have to deal with incorporating a post game in his schemes.

And when he runs someone into the ground, there's another athletic guy right behind him.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Wed May 29, 2013 1:26 pm

therealdeal wrote:

I don't know what your argument is, but my statement still stands.


He's a perfect fit for the Clippers. They're athletic, young, able to handle a big work load, deep when necessary, PG driven, able to run the floor, they use their athleticism for defense which helps him not have to create a defensive scheme.

He's a natural fit in the Clipper locker room.


:man10: Well he may be a "perfect fit" in the regular season....Lob City on steroids but Mike Pringles with the Clippers still gets their butts bounced before they EVER get out of the West because of ALL of HIS other shortcomings as a coach. Hell...Vinnie got them into the post season too.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed May 29, 2013 1:46 pm

With D'Antoni I think they probably make it to the Conference Finals. Their regular season would be so strong that they'd get an easy matchup in the 1st Round and then they'd probably best a team in the 2nd.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:04 am

LTLakerFan wrote:Is Hollins' contract up, or they have to ask Memphis "permission"? If latter Memphis should tell Sterling to go pound sand.


Well if the guy with the annoying as hell twin brother commercials and Biff want him, I guess Sterling will be forced to pony up to what should be a high asking price, or risk losing the 1st of the two jerks just mentioned.

Looks like "Hollinger" of all people has made this possible. I could see Hollins yelling at "stat guy" to get the eff off of his practice floor a lot more that PJ yelling at Jerry West to get the eff out of his locker room. Back story from Woj:

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Sources: Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies likely parting ways after contract discussions collapse
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After talks on a contract extension stalled over the weekend with what one source calls "major philosophical differences," coach Lionel Hollins is likely done as the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

The Grizzlies granted Hollins permission to speak to other teams about vacancies on Sunday, possibly clearing the way for him to discuss a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. So far the Brooklyn Nets have shown no inclination that they want to meet with Hollins to discuss their coaching vacancy. Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw remains high on the Nets' list.

After several days of talks among management, Hollins and his representation, the sides were unable to seriously consider terms of a potential contract because of hurdles that they couldn't clear with how new management wants the coach to fit into the franchise's belief systems, sources said.

Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals with series victories over the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Hollins' deal with the team ends June 30.

Since the analytics-driven new ownership group of Robert Pera took over control of the franchise this season, there's been dramatic conflict between management and Hollins. Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien has given vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger significant latitude in constructing the roster and a philosophy.
Management wants a coach willing to buy into the analytic movement, using those mechanisms to make roster, lineup and system decisions. Hollins has resented what he considers undue interference by management, and has stood by his track record and success in maintaining productivity with a roster of diverse and difficult personalities.

During the Grizzlies' playoff run, tensions turned to a confrontation when Hollins exploded during a practice session upon finding Hollinger had walked onto the practice court and engaged forward Austin Daye during a shooting drill, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.
With the team watching – and with a motive to show his players that he was completely in charge on the floor, sources said – Hollins loudly questioned Hollinger about what he was doing, and why he believed it was appropriate for a management official to intrude on what's considered sacred territory for a coach and team, sources said.

Hollins joined the Grizzlies during the 2008-09 season, and has led the franchise to four straight seasons with 40 or more wins. This year, the Grizzlies won 56 games before San Antonio swept them in the conference finals. Hollins, 59, has a 183-155 career record.
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Re: Clippers To Pursue 'Big Name' Coach

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:10 am

therealdeal wrote:With D'Antoni I think they probably make it to the Conference Finals. Their regular season would be so strong that they'd get an easy matchup in the 1st Round and then they'd probably best a team in the 2nd.


Maybe we can do a sign and trade with them then. They sign Hollins and we trade them Pringles for him. :man1:
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