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Pelicans' Gentry: 'I don't give a s--- about my job status'

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The New Orleans Pelicans may have hit rock bottom Thursday night, and questions about Alvin Gentry's job status are naturally rising in response.

"I don't give a shit about my job status," Gentry told reporters after an embarrassing loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. "I'm gonna work hard and coach until the day they tell me I'm not the coach."Making matters worse for the Pelicans, it was Philadelphia's first road win since January.

"We don't have time to have pity parties or anything like that," Gentry added, expanding on the fact that his job security isn't something he loses sleep over.

After taking over a Pelicans team that was coming off a playoff appearance and led by budding superstar Anthony Davis, much was expected of Gentry's group last season, particularly on the offensive end, where Gentry was viewed as one of the game's more innovative minds. A litany of injuries derailed those hopes, as New Orleans finished 30-52, regressing from ninth in offensive efficiency in Monty Williams' final season to 16th.

This season has been more of the same, as the absences of Jrue Holiday (personal and injury) and Tyreke Evans, among others, have once again left Davis on an island, often forced to carry a team lacking much proven NBA talent.

"We have to be able to make some shots and take the pressure off Anthony some kind of way," Gentry said Thursday, though he didn't fault his team's effort.

Following Thursday's loss to the Sixers, the 7-16 Pelicans sit 4.5 games out of eighth place, boasting one of the league's six worst offenses despite Davis' career year.

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