NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Fresh off of an NBA Championship Season with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant, Alvin Gentry was introduced as the Pelicans' new Head Coach during a press conference Monday at the team's facility in Metairie.
"I think this team has a lot of potential to do a lot of great things," Gentry said. "I think one of the things that I think you'll see us do is that we're going to play a lot faster and give Anthony Davis an opportunity to be in the open court. I think he's got guard skills so I think you'll see that happen. One of the areas that we've got to get better in is on the defensive end. I think you'll see that happen. We're going to be a very good defensive team that happens to be good offensively."
Gentry, who signed a four-year, $13.75 million contract with New Orleans, is known for his up tempo style on offense. He's hoping his faster style of play helps the entire team, especially star forward Anthony Davis.
"Obviously we've got a great star, we've got a good core of players," Gentry said. "We've got a great player but the core of our team is young players so we've got an opportunity to do some great things here and that's what we're going to try to do. I'm ecstatic about being here, I'm ecstatic about getting started. It's going to be a fun group to watch play, I really believe that."
Gentry comes to New Orleans with a career record of 335-370. In his 12 seasons as a head coach he has only made two playoff appearances, but in his most recent in 2010, he led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA's Western Conference Finals.
"We wanted an experienced coach with a history of improving teams both offensively and defensively," Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said. "We wanted a coach who could adapt to the consistently changing NBA game. We believe Alvin Gentry provides the Pelicans with the best opportunity to achieve sustained success."