A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver became the latest to criticize the Warriors' addition of Kevin Durant, ex-Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry came to the defense of of his former team and their new superstar.
"We have laws and we have situations where a guy is a free agent, and if he's a free agent, he has the opportunity to sign wherever he wants to. I'm not sure why everybody is all over this kid for signing with Golden State. It's a great fit for him. It's a great situation," Gentry said Wednesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
"I hear all of these things about 'as a super star, I wouldn't do this and I wouldn't do that.' He chose to join the Golden State Warriors. He has that prerogative to do that, so I'm not sure where all the backlash is coming from. He's proven that he's a great player. He's proven that he's one of the top three or four players in the league. To me, I don't know where the push back is coming from," the current New Orleans Pelicans head coach said.
Gentry, who left the Warriors after the 2014-15 season to take over the Pelicans' head coaching job, supported the Warriors' decision to add another superstar and praised GM Bob Myers.
"If you have the ability to put together a super team, then I don't think that should be a penalty. I think you should be talking to Bob Myers about what a great job he's done as a general manager," Gentry said.
Hall of Famer Larry Bird was one of the most outspoken critics of Durant joining reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Gentry was asked about the different mindset among past and current NBA superstars.
"I understand it's a whole new mentality from the past. Obviously, there's not way Larry Bird would have ever been a Laker, Magic Johnson would never have been a Celtic, Michael Jordan would never been anything (else). But times have changed. Social media has changed everything. These guys are really good friends. They spend a lot of time together. They've become very, very close," Gentry said.