Pelicans part ways with coach Alvin Gentry

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The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Alvin Gentry, the team announced Saturday.

“I’m grateful for and appreciative of Alvin’s commitment to the organization and, most importantly, the local community,” New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin said. “The City of New Orleans is richer because of his presence here. These types of moves are often about fit and timing, and we believe now is the right time to make this change and bring in a new voice.”

The news was first reported by ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Adrian Wojnarowski.

The New Orleans Pelicans have dismissed coach Alvin Gentry, sources tell @wojespn and me.

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) August 15, 2020  

Gentry spent the past five seasons as the Pelicans head coach and compiled a 175-225 record, while guiding New Orleans to one playoff appearance. Gentry's team had an up and down season this year, which included a 13-game losing streak.  New Orleans was able to play its way into playoff contention and earned an invite into the NBA's bubble to compete for the final playoff spot. The Pelicans, however, went 2-6 in their seeding games and were eliminated.

“I want to thank Alvin for his contributions to the Pelicans and the New Orleans community,” Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson said in a news release. “We believe that making a head coaching change is necessary at this time. I truly appreciate Alvin’s leadership, dedication and perseverance through some challenging circumstances over the past five seasons. He will always be a part of our Pelicans family, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future. Our intention moving forward is to find the right head coach that will guide this Pelicans team to compete for championships. That is what our fans deserve.”