Report: Los Angeles Lakers Will Interview Alvin Gentry for Head Coach

The Los Angeles Lakers' search for a new head coach is getting real.

And crowded.

Former Phoenix Suns head coach and current Los Angeles Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry can now be added to the list of potential Mike D'Antoni replacements, according to the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner. An interview is expected to take place sometime on Wednesday between Gentry and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president Jim Buss.

Gentry has also been linked to the vacant Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz positions. Per Turner, the Lakers sought out his services after "speaking with several coaches and executives who raved about Gentry’s offensive philosophy." 

Credit is well deserved there. It was Gentry who replaced D'Antoni in Phoenix and was able to keep the Suns offense flowing. During his four full seasons at the helm, they never ranked below ninth in offensive efficiency. 

The veteran sideline-wanderer is also recognized as a key part of the Clippers' offensive success this season. Head coach Doc Rivers is known more for implementing defense, yet Gentry's work helped them lead the NBA in offensive efficiency throughout the regular season.

There isn't too much to make of Gentry getting face time with the Lakers, though. They've been open about their intention to meet with a variety of candidates before making a decision.

"I would not anticipate hiring a coach in the next two to three weeks, but we'll interview several, more than three to four probably...we have begun," Kupchak said previously, via ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi.

To date, the Lakers have been linked most heavily to Byron Scott, Mike Dunleavy and Lionel Hollins.

Scott is valued for his longstanding relationship with Kobe Bryant. ESPN's Chris Broussard says he has already interviewed with the team, something Scott himself ha...

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