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Gentry joins Kings as associate coach on Walton's staff

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The Kings have landed a top-tier associate head coach.

Alvin Gentry has signed on as Luke Walton's lead assistant, the Kings announced Wednesday morning.

Marc Stein of the New York Times first reported the news Tuesday.

“I’m excited to add Alvin’s valuable experience and leadership to the team,” Walton said in a press release. “His veteran coaching perspective will be a great addition and I look forward to working with him again to continue developing our group.”

Gentry, 65, began as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1988-89 season. He has spent more than 30 years in the league as both an assistant and a head coach for a variety of teams.

During his time in the league, Gentry has a 510-595 record as a head coach, including stops with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns. Gentry coached the New Orleans Pelicans for the last five seasons.

Like the Kings, Gentry’s Pelicans struggled in the Orlando bubble during the restarted NBA season and were quickly eliminated from playoff contention. The Pelicans fired Gentry on Aug. 15 after New Orleans went a disappointing 32-40 this season.

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This is a very strong addition for the Kings. Gentry is a veteran coach who can give Walton a sounding board during a long 82-game season.

Gentry and Walton also have familiarity from their time together on Steve Kerr's bench with the Warriors, winning a championship together in 2014-15.

Sacramento had an opening for a top assistant after Igor Kokoskov left the team to take over European powerhouse Fenerbahçe during the summer.

In addition to the Kings' job, Gentry reportedly was a candidate to join Doc Rivers’ staff with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The Athletic's Jason Jones was the first to report the Kings' interest in Gentry.