On the brink of elimination, a report has a new front-runner surfacing for the Chicago Bulls coaching job. According to Basketball Insiders, the Bulls are looking to Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry to be Tom Thibodeau’s successor in Chicago.
The rift between Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office has been discussed ad nauseam and according to the sources for Basketball Insiders the new front-runner to replace Thibs is Gentry.
If the Bulls do part ways with Thibodeau, it’s unclear who they would target as his replacement. Sources peg Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry as a serious front runner.
For months now the thought in the basketball world was that current Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg would replace Thibodeau at season’s end. In March, Mark Stein of ESPN.com wrote the following.
It is widely — and I mean widely — believed throughout the league that Fred Hoiberg, whose Iowa State Cyclones were bounced in the first round of the tournament Thursday by UAB, is the top choice of the Chicago Bulls to replace Tom Thibodeau in the event that the Bulls and Thibs indeed part company at season’s end.
As reports keep coming in connecting Thibodeau with the New Orleans Pelicans, the idea of having a new coach in Chicago is becoming more realistic. Now, with Gentry in the mix the Bulls no longer have to be stuck with the one option of Hoiberg. So, what has Alvin Gentry accomplished?
Alvin Gentry Coaching Resume
- Baylor assistant (1980-81)
- Colorado assistant (1981-86)
- Kansas assistant (1986-89)
- San Antonio Spurs assistant (1989-90)
- Los Angeles Clippers assistant (1990-91)
- Miami Heat assistant (1991-1994)
- Miami head head coach (1994)
- Detroit Pistons assistant (1994-98)
- Detroit Pistons head coach (1998-2000)
- San Antonio Spurs assistant (2000)
- Los Angeles Clippers head coach (2001-03)
- Phoenix Suns assistant (2003-09)
- Phoenix Suns head coach (2009-13)
- Los Angeles Clippers associate head coach (2013-14)
- Golden State Warriors associate head coach (2014-present)
Gentry has been the head coach of a team for 12 seasons, spanning four teams. Here’s his record at each stop.
- Miami: 15-21 (1 season)
- Detroit: 73-72 (3 seasons)
- Los Angles: 89-133 (3 seasons)
- Phoenix: 158-144 (5 seasons)
Career record: 335-370
He’s coached his teams to the playoffs twice, with his most successful team being the 2009-10 Phoenix Suns that made it to the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Unlike Hoiberg, Gentry has plenty of head coaching experience in the NBA. If he is the choice, it would be a first for the Bulls, who have been known to hire coaches with no NBA coaching experience.
Fans may be pissed off that these reports keep coming out, but the reality is that shy of an NBA Title Thibodeau won’t be the Bulls coach next season. Game six between the Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers starts at 7 p.m. tonight. It might be Thibodeau’s last in Chicago, as his name keeps getting linked to New Orleans.