New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik will not be becoming a member of the crew when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes in Orlando on the finish of the month on account of well being considerations. And whereas the Pelicans will probably be with out one in every of their prime assistants, they may be with out their head coach, as Alvin Genty’s standing for the Orlando restart is unsure, in accordance with Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Gentry is 65, and the league has beforehand expressed concern about coaches 65 and older getting into the Orlando “bubble” on account of an elevated danger with regard to COVID-19.
Gentry needs to be along with his crew in Orlando, and the Pelicans are supportive of his want to stay along with his crew. According to Lopez, the Pelicans have been working with the league in an effort to be certain that Gentry could make go to Orlando.
“I have no idea,” Gentry stated when he requested how he can be evaluated by the NBA, by way of the Pelicans. “My plan right now is to be in Orlando, and I’m looking forward to it, really. I think as the season was put on hiatus we were playing really good basketball, and hopefully we can get back to that. That’s why I’m not treating it like a training camp, I’m treating it like picking up where we left off when the season went on hiatus.”
Though Gentry hopes to be along with his crew, he has had discussions along with his workers about the potential for him not touring to Orlando.
“Well I think you cover all the areas,” Gentry stated. “We sat down and talked and we’ve done things like that, but everything so far, we hit on that (the possibility of Gentry not being allowed to go to Orlando), but everything so far that we’ve talked about has been me being there and coaching the team and exactly how we’re going to play this thing out as a collective staff.”
While his personal standing could also be up within the air, Gentry expects the Pelicans to have a full roster in Orlando.
“No one on the team has said that they were not going,” Gentry stated. “I think it’s a situation where guys are ready to get back into playing and ready to compete so no one has mentioned it, nor has it ever come up in any of the conversations that I’ve had with them, with on Zoom calls, or individual calls, that they would not be going to Orlando.”
The Pelicans will enter Orlando 3.5 video games out of the eighth and last playoff spot within the Western Conference, so they’re already dealing with an uphill battle. Not having their head coach would make the duty of securing a postseason berth much more tough, so it is protected to say that everybody within the group is hoping that Gentry is finally cleared to go.