While some NBA teams were busy making a dramatic push for a playoff spot or a popular one Launching Superstar, the New The Orleans pelicans were just trying to break their last game against the Warriors and sneaking away from a catastrophic season. The game itself was not particularly remarkable, but head coach Alvin Gentry made sure that the season was not quietly ended.
Gentry clenched reporters after the game and decided to lose something. When asked how Anthony Davis' demand had affected the team in the middle of the trade, Gentry said it had created the most toxic environment he'd ever been in. From ESPN:
"Not so toxic, no," Gentry said. "Not that two teams were affected. And two guys. One lost his job and the other resigned from his job. So no, in 31 years I had nothing that would amount to such a fallout. No I have not.
Then Gentry was asked for his opinion on how Davis dealt with himself this season. After describing Davis as a "very good kid" and a "solid guy", Gentry hesitated a moment before declaring that Davis had received bad advice: […] Sensible heads may disagree on whether Davis is right for his Trade demand. or if someone who advises him to get rid of the organization that has not been able to build a stable squad around one of the best players in the game for the past seven seasons counts as "bad advice". But if Gentry is looking for someone who is guilty of creating a toxic environment in the organization, he should look at the executives above him who initially refused to respect Davis' commercial request, and then decided to take him to drive into the lineup for unclear reasons.