Alvin Gentry isn't always the most excitable guy, but you wouldn't have known that on Tuesday evening.
As his team was announced to be the surprise winner of the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, he jumped from his seat and yelled "f*** yea!" before charging around the room, according to a report from ESPN.
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"And then I said, 'Excuse me, I'm sorry,' " Gentry recounted.
The Pelicans coach gave out several aggressive high-fives to team representatives in the room, all of whom were amused but none nearly as outwardly excited. The scene was shown in a video that ends with the 64-year-old returning to his seat and putting his head in his hands in disbelief.
Gentry has coached the Pelicans the past four seasons.
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But Gentry's reaction was merited. The Pelicans won the No. 1 pick with just a 6 percent chance, giving them the right to select Duke superstar Zion Williamson. It's the first time the Pelicans have drafted No. 1 since they won the lottery in 2012 and took Anthony Davis out of Kentucky.
Coincidentally, Davis is a large part of why the Pelicans were in position to land the top pick. The team had an uneven start to the year, and Davis said he would not re-sign with the team and wanted to be traded. The Pelicans ended the season tied for the NBA's 7th-worst record.
"Guys, the one thing you got to understand is [Davis] is still on our roster," Gentry said in the report. "He is on our roster. All of that will take care of itself. I'm not worried about it. I know [Executive VP David Griffin] has some plans to talk to him, and it will be fine."
For the full report from ESPN, click here.
New Orleans Pelicans fans really want to see Zion Williamson.