Friday, April 26, 2013
Gentry and the Bobcats?
By Tom Carpenter
While it appears that Michael Jordan is trying to partner up with his former coach Phil Jackson to run the Charlotte Bobcats' basketball operations, journeyman head coach Alvin Gentry has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential replacement for Mike Dunlap, who was dismissed after one season as the Bobcats coach.
“It reminds me a little bit of the teams I had in L.A. (with the Clippers): Young players, very energetic guys,’’ Gentry said, according to the Charlotte Observer's Rich Bonnell. “Kemba (Walker) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have a lot of potential and (Gerald) Henderson has started to really establish himself as a pro.
“I’ve seen a lot of their games. Yes, they’ve struggled at times, but that’s a situation where you could make a big change in a year or so. I know that player development is really important to that job.’’
Gentry apparently is intrigued by the team's assets, which include up to $21 million in salary cap space and four first-round picks over the next two drafts. It may be a reach to think that a coach who failed to win anything of note with four different teams will be seen as the answer to run this under-skilled Bobcats team. Certainly, if MJ manages to lure Jackson out of retirement, the Bobcats should be able to attract more successful coaching options.