New Orleans Pelicans Complete 2016-17 Preview

October 2nd, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Nearly a month before the 2015-16 NBA season ended, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry decided he'd seen enough. His big-league coaching career, which began in 1988, had twisted and turned more times than he could count. But it had never caused more headaches than his first 82-game marathon with the Pellies did.

"This is the most frustrating season I've ever been through," Gentry said in March, per's Justin Verrier. "When I left Golden State to come here, I thought it was the best job available."

In one season, Gentry had gone from being the offensive mastermind of the world champion Warriors to the hamstrung skipper of the reeling Pelicans. New Orleans couldn't build off its 2015 playoff breakthrough and instead limped to a 30-52 finish—losing 15 more games than the previous year; the biggest decrease in the league last season, per Bleacher Report Insights—lowlighted by a rash of injuries that limited all but two Pelicans to fewer than 70 games.

Health alone won't right the ship, but New Orleans used the offseason for more than rest and recovery. A concerted effort was made to strengthen the ...

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