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The way things are going, coach Doc Rivers is going to have to find an all-new staff to assist him next season. With associate head coach Alvin Gentry already having accepted a similar post with the Golden State Warriors, assistant coach Tyronn Lue on Monday accepted the job as associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report on YahooSports, which cited league sources.
Lue had been an assistant under Rivers for five years, the first four when both were with the Boston Celtics.
Assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who was in charge of the Clippers’ league-leading scoring offense, will interview for the vacant job of head coach of the Lakers, Mark Medina – our Lakers beat writer – reported, citing league sources.
Gentry has also interviewed for the same opening at Utah and is expected to interview with Cleveland as well, Medina reported.
Gentry has formerly been head coach for the Miami Heat (1994), Detroit Pistons (1998-2000), Clippers (2001-2003) and Phoenix Suns (2009-2013).
Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry said before Saturday afternoon’s game at Staples Center that the Clippers are “a really, really good team,” and “there’s no reason they shouldn’t be thinking about a championship.”
“They have the best bench in the league and really, really good starters,” said Gentry, a former Clippers coach. “I’ve seen games when their second unit has gotten separation for them (over the opposition). They’re that deep. They’re loaded. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be talking about playing in June.”