The Kings (Mike Malone), Cavaliers (Mike Brown) and Celtics (Brad Stevens) all moved quickly, filling their vacancies between three and eight days. Philadelphia took the longest time, spending almost four months (118 days) between Doug Collins’s resignation and hiring Brett Brown.
The other seven organizations endured hiring periods that lasted from 17-59 days.
Lindsey said the Jazz hadn’t spent any time meeting about potential candidates before Monday when he said the final decision on Corbin’s fate was made. Although rumors swirled about a coaching change being inevitable after a 25-57 rebuilding season, there were Jazz employees who believed Corbin would get another chance late into the evaluation process.
“Now that the decision’s closed, we’ll meet quickly, internally,” Lindsey said. “We’ll set some criteria. We’ll look at some objective measures. We’ll look at some subjective measures about coaches and who’s going to be the new leader of the Utah Jazz and define some timelines about who we’re going to interview.”
Lindsey acknowledged that he understands his former acquaintances from Houston and San Antonio might be considered logical candidates by outsiders. Former University of Utah coach Jim Boylen is one of those names to have already surfaced, as sources have indicated that the former Houston co-worker and friend of Lindsey’s is his top choice.
Lindsey also has close ties with Van Gundy, Suns assistant Mike Longabardi, Bulls assistant Andy Greer and Jazz assistant Brad Jones from previous NBA stints.
Lindsey won’t talk about candidate names, of course. But he isn’t shying away from the fact he’ll lean on experiences from his old jobs and mentors in this process.
“Will Gregg Popovich’s influence weigh on me? Will my Houston experience with Rudy (Tomjanovich) and Jeff (Van Gundy) and Carroll (Dawson) and Leslie (Alexander) influence me? Absolutely,” Lindsey said. “There’s no way to separate (it). It would be like you trying to separate yourselves from your parents.”
Ultimately, though, Lindsey said the new hire will be decided upon as a group, just as the decision to let Corbin go after three-plus years was made. The decision-makers include Jazz owner Gail Miller, CEO Greg Miller, Miller Sports Properties president Steve Miller, team president Randy Rigby, O’Connor, CFO Bob Hyde and Lindsey.
“Those (former experiences) will all have influences, but the team influence around the Jazz will dictate what we do going forward,” Lindsey said. “ I’m very confident in the group and our experience and our networking contacts that we’ll come up with a good decision coming forward.”
Continued development of the young core will be a high priority. Defense will also be critical, especially after the Jazz finished ranked 30th this season. But Lindsey believes the game is won and lost on both ends, so it’s more complex than just wanting a defensive improvement.
“What I find is important is everything. All the details really matter,” Lindsey said. “You can be great offensively and be terrible defensively and your season will end prematurely. And you can switch that ratio. You’d better be great at both at the end of the day.”
In terms of the length of search, if Boylen or any other assistants on current playoff teams are targeted by the Jazz, the hiring process could be elongated because teams aren’t likely to allow important assets to search for new opportunities until they’re eliminated.
It’s also possible the Jazz could be forced to wait until the end of the European season if a coach like Italy’s Ettore Messina (CSKA Moscow) proves to the preferred option, as has been reported by national writers.
To that point, one source told the Deseret News the Jazz “will be the team that hires a Euro coach.”
So who will it be? And when?
At this point, your guess is as good as anybody’s.
TIME BETWEEN NBA COACHING CHANGES IN 2013
Atlanta: Same day, May 28
Boston: Eight days, 6/25-7/3
Brooklyn: 38 days, 5/5-6/12)
Charlotte: 36 days, 4/23-5/29
Cleveland: Six days, 4/18-4/24
Denver: 19 days, 6/6-6/25
Detroit: 59 days, 4/18-6/10
L.A. Clippers: 35 days, 5/21 - 6/25
Memphis: 17 days, 6/10-6/27
Milwaukee: 30 days, 5/1-5/31
Philly: 118 days, 4/18-8/14
Phoenix: Same day, May 28
Sacramento: Three days, 5/31-6/3
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