New Orleans Pelicans Round Out Gentry’s Coaching Staff With Addition of Phil Weber

The staff was already looking tremendous with the additions of Darren Erman and Robert Pack to Alvin Gentry’s crew, but it got even stronger today with the reported addition of Phil Weber. Weber was one of the guys I profiled as a possible assistant right before Gentry got hired, and like I said in that piece, he is a high energy guy who is a tremendous shooting coach. He also works with guys on balance and fundamentals – two key building blocks for a young team. Want to get a sense of Weber the person and his philosophies? This video basically sums it all up.

Weber is known as a positive guy (as you can see from the video) that will bring a lot of energy to the team. He played under the legendary Jim Valvano, who delivered a similar positive messages, including perhaps the most legendary sports related speech ever. He went on to coach in college before moving on to an assistant job with Phoenix, where he worked with D’Antoni and Gentry. From there, he moved on to New York with D’Antoni for four years before moving on to Miami.

Weber has done both player development and X-and-O coaching, so he can bounce between both roles. He also has some connections with some Pelicans summer league players, as he coached both Khem Birch and Larry Drew in the D-League last year. It will be interesting to see how involved he is with Summer League, which starts next week, but it can’t hurt to have a guy who is familiar with D-League players as Dell tries to round out the bottom of the roster with minimum players that have some upside.

The hiring of Weber likely means that the staff is set, as the Pelicans also kept player development coaches Kevin Hanson and Fred Vinson, along with bringing in video coordinator Elvis Valcarel. This staff is intelligent and energetic and has already been getting to work with Anthony Davis and others. While the roster has stayed essentially the same, there is reason for optimism because of the tremendous staff that Demps and Gentry have put together.

5 responses to “New Orleans Pelicans Round Out Gentry’s Coaching Staff With Addition of Phil Weber”

  1. My goodness…he is such a motivator that it’s hard to believe his primary job is a coach…seems like those from his past, especially Valvano, truly left a lasting impression on him.  I cannot imagine our players ever hearing much like this from Monty, not that Monty was not positive with them, but I feel he certainly lacked the ability to inspire someone via passion.  Granted, not all may be blessed with that charisma, but it is sounding more and more like our players are going to be in for a whole new world under this coaching staff, and the result might just be astounding.  I can see this guy Weber is going to be throwing all these SW Division acquisitions up as motivation, telling our guys “look what they are having to do because they know we are coming, and that our time is arriving NOW”.  I for one cannot wait for some emotion on the sidelines from our coaches, to help our guys bulldoze the competition, or to fight back on nights when things don’t seem to be going our way.  This likely will lead to an improved record on the road, as well.  Going to be fun!

  2. I know this is off topic i would like to post a trade idea on the Pelicans report but i don’t how to answer that trick question on there. There’s a rumor about Ryan Anderson could be traded to the Suns i like the two scenarios:

    Pels get : Markeiff Morris & T.J Warren
    Suns get: Ryan Anderson, Toney Douglass and  cash from the Russ Smith trade
    Pels get: Marcus Morris and P.J Tucker
    Suns get Anderson, Douglass and cash.

  3. This coaching staff makes me very excited… Haha and I’m pretty sure I’ve never said that before about the Pels or any of my favorite teams coaching staffs

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