Kings Notes: Gentry, Christie, Fox, Ranadive, Thompson

Alvin Gentry want to avoid the “temporary” tag after taking on the task of head trainer when Kings Fired Luke Walton on Sunday, follow The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

Sources told Amick that Gentry was unsuccessful because the front office believes they have another possible candidate in the role of first-year assistant coach. Doug Christie. Although the general manager Monte McNair, assistant GM Wes Wilcox and chief strategy officer Joe Dumars all backed Gentry, having Christie as an option gave the organization leverage in its negotiations with Gentry.

Gentry got a raise as part of his new duties, Amick added, and he has a contract until the end of next season. However, his future as head coach in Sacramento will depend on how successful he is at turning the team around. Amick noted that this is the fourth time in his career Gentry has received this form of promotion and that he could earn a long-term coaching position for both the Pistons and the Suns.

As lead assistant, Gentry has had a huge influence on Sacramento’s offensive strategy, so aside from being able to increase speed, the team won’t look much different with him in charge.

“This isn’t about making mass changes or changing philosophy or anything like that,” Gentry said. “I think we’ve got a good system. So I think what we have to do is let our players perform better. I have to get better. All the other coaches have to be better, and our players have to be better. I think it’s a team thing.”

More from Sacramento:

  • The next big decision for the Kings had to be to determine if they could build an opponent around De’Aaron Fox, Amick adds. Fox got off to a lousy start to the first season in its five-year $163 million extension, scoring just 42.1% from the field and 24% from the three-point range. The formation of three guardians with Tyrese Haliburton and David Mitchell Amick observes no effect, who wonders if a list move is possible before the Feb. 10 trading deadline.
  • Gentry is the sixth coach in eight years for the owner Vivek Ranadive, Write Chris Biderman of Ong Sacramento. Ranadive had a history of impatience, Biderman added, and his desire for change led to the organization breaking up. Michael Malone, who became a longtime playoff coach in Denver.
  • Tristan Thompson, who was acquired over the summer to provide veteran leadership, said after Monday’s short-hand 76ers loss that it will take an organization-wide effort to bounce back from a bad start (video link). “I think everyone has to look in the mirror,” Thompson said, who also openly expressed disappointment with the team’s situation last week. “It’s not just the players. Yes, it’s a player’s tournament… but in terms of building a team, it takes a collective team. It takes everyone from top to bottom. From ownership to trainer, equipment manager, player, to (physicist), GM to assistant GM. That’s all of us. ” Kings Notes: Gentry, Christie, Fox, Ranadive, Thompson

Chris Estrada

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