Alvin Gentry Doesn't Care How Far Pelicans Go, Just Wants to Outcoach Steve Kerr

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 21: Head Coach Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans speaks during the post-game press conference after Game Four of Round One against the Portland Trail Blazers of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Pelicans advanced to the second round of the 2018 NBA playoffs on Saturday night by sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round. By doing so, they likely earned a matchup with the reigning champs.

Also known as Alvin Gentry's former team.

Gentry served as an associate coach with the Golden State Warriors during the 2014-15 season. He was hired by New Orleans during the 2015 postseason but stayed with the Dubs for the remainder of the playoffs, which resulted in the Dubs' first championship since 1975. It also marked the first of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals for Stephen Curry and Co., leading to two titles.

Golden State currently holds a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs. Knowing that a showdown with his former team is looming, Gentry wants to have fun with the situation. The 63-year-old Pelicans coach joked after the Game 4 victory over the Trail Blazers that all he cares about is outcoaching his former boss, via NBA TV:


"I don't care. I just want to out coach Steve Kerr. That's all." - Alvin Gentry when asked about how far the @PelicansNBA can go in the #NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/U7TPdVSdyr

This is the first time the Pelicans have ever made it out of the first round. The New Orleans franchise last advanced in the postseason back in 2007-08, when Chris Paul led the Hornets to the second round.


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