Say it ain’t so?
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps will get to hire yet another coach?
A report from the Sporting News said that head coach Alvin Gentry must make significant progress over the final 14 games or he will be fired, with one year remaining on his contract.
What did Pelicans ownership expect after the DeMarcus Cousins trade?
Maybe they were listening to much of the national media howl with glee over the trade.
The Golden State Warriors, then the top seed in the West, were supposedly quaking in their boots over the prospect of facing the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs.
I giggled then. Now? Sorry. Howling with laughter.
Cousins summed up the unrealistic expectation after Monday’s practice.
“To expect championship contention, after two a half weeks, is just not realistic,” said Cousins, who talked about how little practice he and Anthony Davis have had together. He then added when you play four games in a week, including a back to back (vs. Portland Tuesday, at Miami Wednesday), you have even less time to practice.
The Cousins trade also sent the Kings three of the Pelicans’ guards – Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway.
New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry, who came to New Orleans expecting to play fast, is now figuring how to play with the twin towers.
If you don’t think Gentry is the correct coach for the Pelicans, that’s understandable.
But how many more lives does Dell Demps have?
Omer Asik, who cost the club a first round pick, is riding the pine, earning nearly $10 million per season.
Solomon Hill earns more than $11 million a season and is contributing 6.5 points with 3.7 rebounds.
But, don’t blame Hill. It isn’t his fault that the Pelicans opened the vault for him.
Moving forward, Cousins has all the leverage. If the Pelicans can’t re-sign him to an extension, he will likely be traded before next February’s deadline. The Pelicans, likely without a first round pick, would have to start over again.
After seven years of Dell Demps, the Pelicans have won two playoff games.
Those victories were six years ago.
If a cat has nine lives, how many does Demps have?
Jog back to Thursday, the 23rd of February.
It was a playoff atmosphere as Cousins made his debut against the Rockets.
But, all of that excitement came to a thud in a 129-99 Houston victory.
Oh, you need quality guards to play in the NBA?
Alvin Gentry certainly did. For a long time he was one.
So now Gentry gets the blame because another Pelicans quick fix isn’t working?
Sad, but probably true.