Kings Hire Alvin Gentry as Associate Coach

The Sacramento Kings have officially announced the hiring of Alvin Gentry as an associate coach on head coach Luke Walton’s staff. The move gives the young Kings another veteran voice as they pursue a long elusive playoff berth.

Gentry had previously been the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, stabilizing the franchise through the transition from the Anthony Davis to Zion Williamson era. He was dismissed by the Pels in the summer.

Gentry has 35 years of experience on the sidelines and was previously a head coach with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns. He won a title as an associate head coach with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.

The Kings will draft 12th in next month’s draft, eager to shore up a rotation around De’Aaron Fox.

While the franchise has seen some change already this year, general manager Vlade Divac stepped down, the team has been committed to Walton as their head coach.