True to form, interim coach Alvin Gentry would like the fading Kings to play a more up-tempo game.
That’s nothing for Gentry, who replaced the fired Luke Walton last week. Gentry has coached four other teams and every time, pushing the ball has been the pattern.
And the Kings finally look to be off to a fast-break start under their new coach, beating the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. So Gentry is 1-1 with Sacramento.
“We want to be a running team,” Gentry said, via Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “We can’t become a halfcourt team, especially in the fourth quarter.”
The Kings (7-12) snapped a four-game losing streak and are aiming to get even more out of point guard De’Aaron Fox, who already offers a lot.
But if they are to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, things clearly have to change. Clearly, Gentry intends to speed things up to try to make it happen.
Gentry, 67, coached the Pelicans from 2015-20, compiling a 175-225 record. He has also been head coach of the Suns, Clippers, Pistons and Heat, and owns a 510-595 record in 16 seasons overall.
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— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) November 24, 2021