The New Orleans Pelicans have started this season 7-16, and some might look at Alvin Gentry as the problem. Here’s why they shouldn’t.
New Orleans is one of those teams who’s always plagued by injuries. Although that’s a bad excuse, it’s hard to believe the Pelicans wouldn’t be much more competitive if fully healthy. This year, Jrue Holiday has missed extended time. Tyreke Evans hasn’t yet played, and Quincy Pondexter has yet to debut. On top of that, Anthony Davis and E’Twuan Moore have missed time throughout, but Davis has missed just one complete game. Because of their lackluster start, Alvin Gentry could be on the hot seat, but here are three reasons why he’s not.
Nov 12, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is surrounded by teammates and head coach Alvin Gentry after sustaining an injury during the third quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks to his players in overtime against the Charlotte Hornets at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans won in overtime, 121-116. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry reacts to a play during the first quarter of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports