Clippers officially hire Alvin Gentry
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers officially named Alvin Gentry as their associate head coach on Monday.
The Clippers also named Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue as assistants on new head coach Doc Rivers' staff.
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Rivers, who was named the head coach and senior vice president of the basketball operations of the Clippers two weeks ago, has been working on completing his staff since coming to Los Angeles.
Rivers ended up bringing four coaches who were with him with the Boston Celtics, including JP Clark, who will serve as the assistant players skills coach.
It is a homecoming of sorts for Gentry, who returns to Los Angeles for his third stint with the Clippers after previously serving as both head coach (2000-2003) and assistant coach (1990-1991). Gentry most recently served as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns for five seasons before mutually parting ways with the team in January.
Gentry went 158-144 during his stint with the Suns, leading Phoenix to the Western Conference finals in 2010.
Hill has been one of Rivers' top assistants in Boston over the past nine seasons. Before joining the Celtics, Hill was an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2003-04 season.
Eastman has also been one of Rivers' main assistants over the past eight seasons in Boston and brings over 23 years of coaching experience with him to Los Angeles.
Lue is familiar to Los Angeles after starting his NBA career with the Lakers out of Nebraska and being on two championship teams in 2000 and 2001. He spent the past four seasons on the Celtics bench, the previous two as an assistant coach.
Lue will serve as the head coach for the Clippers' summer league team in Las Vegas.
Clark spent last season with the Celtics in their player development department and also served as an assistant coach for the Celtics' D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.