The Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing to push forward with their search for a head coach without as much as a hint to who the Cavs will ultimately make a decision on. On Friday Cleveland met with a Los Angeles Clippers assistant – Alvin Gentry – for the second straight day. After meeting with Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue on Thursday, Cleveland interviewed their third candidate for a head coaching on May 30. On Tuesday, the Cavs met with Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin.
Although the interview with Griffin and the Cavs was “fantastic” according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Gentry has past connections with Cleveland GM David Griffin:
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 29, 2014
Gentry and Griffin have connections dating back to their time together with the Phoenix Suns, when Gentry was anointed to interim head coach during the 2008-09 NBA season and was named head coach during the proceeding offseason. Gentry’s coaching style, which featured high-scoring offenses during his prior coaching stints, is a definite selling point for Griffin in is search for a head coach. Griffin has expressed the importance of hiring an offensive-minded coach in recent interviews following the fallout of Mike Brown’s second regime.
After returning with the Suns for the 2009-10 season, Gentry raised the team’s offensive production five full points to 109.4, something that makes Gentry extremely attractive to Griffin and the Cavs. Last season Cleveland ranked 22nd in points per game, posting a mark of 98.2 PPG.
The Cavaliers will be following up Gentry’s interview on Saturday by speaking with former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, who is known for his defensive-minded style of coaching. Stay tuned to Right Down Euclid for developing news regarding the Cavs’ head coaching search. Hollins will be the fourth coach that the Cavs will interview this week.