Chatting about rumored coaching candidate Alvin Gentry with Andrew Lynch.
I can’t help but wonder if this is a case where the coach being good to the media is coloring some opinions. There’s no question that Gentry handles the media well and is well liked. But people keep referring to that 2010 playoff run like it was some masterful coaching job. They were the 3rd seed, beat the Blazers and a beat-up Spurs team. That’s the ONE time his Suns made the playoffs. It’s just bizarre to me that a guy with such little head coaching success has people talking him up.
Guest, you make valid points. The same could be said of Hollins in reverse. Not very well-liked by the media. Took an offensively challenged team to the Western Conference Finals, lost a few hotly contested games (had no closer), doesn’t quite fit into the John Hollinger mode of numerology, and the guy is chop liver. What coach agrees with management trading away the most prolific and versatile scorer on the squad for financial reasons? At the end of the day, you have to coach what you have, and he did that too. I don’t understand the Hollins backlash, except for him jerking around with the 8th and 9th player on the benches playing time. Gentry may be likeable, but Hollins is a better coach, and has a real system. The Hollins defense added to the offensive Chris Paul package will be a winner. Sign Tony Allen, promote Barnes to the starting line up, keep DJ and give him to the trade deadline to improve, put Barnes and Allen on the perimeter vs. the GSW’s of the world and lets see where this goes!
But what about the rumors that the Clippers are indeed willing to pay big for a big name?
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