Alvin Gentry, a Shelby native and veteran of four NBA head-coaching jobs, will interview with the Charlotte Bobcats next Thursday, he confirmed to the Observer.
Gentry becomes the third known candidate to replace Mike Dunlap. Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts and Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson are also expected to interview for the job.
Gentry, 58, is available after the Phoenix Suns let him go at mid-season. He has coached the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Clippers and Suns to a career record of 335-370. He had his best season in 2009-10, coaching the Suns to the Western Conference final before losing in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In an interview Monday with the Observer, Gentry talked about how much hed like the job and that he understands player development is the first priority on such a young team.
It reminds me a little bit of the teams I had in L.A. (with the Clippers): Young players, very energetic guys, Gentry said. Kemba (Walker) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have a lot of potential and (Gerald) Henderson has started to really establish himself as a pro.
Ive seen a lot of their games. Yes, theyve struggled at times, but thats a situation where you could make a big change in a year or so.