Speculation begins about who the next Utah Jazz coach will be
Other ex-coaches who could get a look are the Van Gundy brothers, Jeff and Stan, who each coached two different teams with varying levels of success.
There are several NBA assistant coaches that could be considered for the job, including a few with solid connections to Lindsey.
Current Phoenix assistant Mike Longabardi is an intriguing possibility because he worked in Houston when Lindsey was there and is known as a “defensive guru.’’ Lindsey has stressed the importance of defense and when Jeff Hornacek chose Longabardi as an assistant, he said, “He knows both sides of the game, but I think his defensive knowledge and what he did with Boston (is important). It's very helpful to have a guy who kind of specializes.’’
Longabardi spent six years with Boston after being in Houston for four years.
Former University of Utah coach Jim Boylen has a strong NBA resume with 17 seasons as an assistant coach for five different teams, including this year as Gregg Popovich’s top assistant in San Antonio. He also worked with Lindsey in Houston for seven years from 1996 to 2003, so the two know each other well. But the negativity surrounding his departure from Utah may work against him.
Another assistant with ties to Lindsay is Andy Greer, who is a current assistant at Chicago under Tom Thibodeau, who is also known for his defense. Greer has been an assistant for four different NBA teams and was at Houston when Lindsey was with the Rockets.
The Jazz could also look to the college ranks for their coach. Who would ever have guessed that Brad Stevens would leave Butler last year to become the head coach for the Boston Celtics?
While coaches such as Kentucky’s John Calipari and Louisville’s Rick Pitino would be unlikely to want to coach for Utah, the Jazz could look at a young coach such as Fred Hoiberg, a former NBA player who has compiled a 90-57 record in four years at Iowa State.
Then there’s Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak, who had a brief stint as the Milwaukee Bucks’ head coach in 2006-08. He also coached as an assistant for the New Jersey Nets in 2010-11 before becoming the Utes’ coach. Krystkowiak recently signed an extension to his contract at the U. and seems unlikely to go back to the NBA.
If the Jazz wanted to be a trendsetter, they could hire successful European League coach Ettore Messina, who is currently the head coach for CSKA Moscow. He worked for one year as a consultant for the L.A. Lakers in 2012-13, but otherwise has coached in Europe for two decades, where he has won four European championships. The Italian was considered for the Atlanta Hawks’ opening last year.
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