Former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry will interview next week for the head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats, according to a report late Wednesday night from David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Gentry, a North Carolina native and former college basketball player at Appalachian State, had expressed interest in the job in late April after the team parted ways with first-year head coach Mike Dunlap, who finished the season with a 21-61 record.
But Gentry's record as a head coach, first with the Miami Heat in 1994-95 and subsequent stints with the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns, is below .500. Despite taking the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, he has an overall record of 335-370 (.475) as a head coach and was relieved of his coaching duties midway through last season in Phoenix amid a 13-28 record. The Suns will also interview Gentry's assistant coach in Phoenix, Elston Turner, who has served as an assistant coach in the NBA for 15 years. He has interviewed for several head coaching positions, including the one with the Chicago Bulls in 2010 that ended up going to Tom Thibodeau, but has yet to be hired as a head coach.