Speculation begins about who the next Utah Jazz coach will be


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  • portlander Arlington, WA
    April 22, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    Well, Woodson and his entire staff are available. George Karl, but he's getting a little long in the tooth AND he's really not much of talent developer. He get's the best out of what he has to work with but I'm not sure that he'd want the Jazz at this level right now. Lionel Hollins makes sense and so does Maurice Cheeks. Then there is Nate McMillan, a very tough development type of coach.

    But knowing the Jazz organization so well, I say that they end up with Ken Bone, recent "firee" from Wazzu! Dennis Lindsay, "Just thought we'd take a chance on an up and coming rising star! A really good guy, who is young and has a good head on his shoulders!"

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 22, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    He also claimed that no thought had been given to the possibility before Monday’s announcement.

    “We literally have not spent one minute on that,’’ Lindsey said. “We have not had one conversation in regards to other names or the criteria.

    These two statements don't match. Lindsey knew what he was going to do last summer and he already knows who he plans to hire. He may let the drama go on for awhile.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    Karl Malone

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 22, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    And what makes you think that any of these names would even consider taking the job? You guys are acting like you can pick and choose whoever you want, to be delivered to your door like a mail order trinket. I hate to bring it up but the Jazz HC job is not exactly the best coaching job in the world.

    The Jazz HC is fighting with both hands tied behind his back. One hand is bound by the worst ownership group in the league, who are more concerned about maximizing profit than winning. The other hand is bound by the stigma that the state of Utah has within the NBA - many players who could've made more money here have gone elsewhere for less because they don't want to live in Utah.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jim Boylen told the Jazz that he'd rather be an assistant in San Antonio than HC of the Jazz.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    April 22, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    For my money, I would like to see Jerry Sloan as the coach!

  • bblack10 Nephi, UT
    April 22, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Fred Hoiberg would be a good choice, but with Rick Adleman leaving Minnesota, I think Hoiberg goes there before Utah. The T-Wolves have a better player in Love and Hoiberg is a T-Wolves guy. If he leaves Iowa State, it will not be for Utah.

    My first choice would be Lionel Hollins. He improved Memphis every year he was there and did so without a marquee superstar on the roster. The guy is proven in markets like Utah. I would make him choice one with George Karl a close second.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    April 22, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    Boylen? No. If he is hired, I'm becoming a *gasp* Lakers fan. I appreciate the Utah fans not wanting him. I'm a BYU fan and don't want him. We all want to be competitive and he does not do that for the Jazz. No way, no how.

    I'd love to see Hoiberg. He's a class act. He's the "Mayor" in Ames so it's very unlikely. However, there is no buyout for an NBA team in his contract (reportedly) so perhaps a good pro offer would attract him out of Iowa.

  • Picardy Provo, UT
    April 22, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Bring Alex in as an assistant under Hollins or Karl, he'll be ready for the next round. Broylen was mentioned because of his connections to Lindsey, but Lindsey's relationship to his job is stronger than his relationship with any of his former buddies. Hollins has the advantage of coaching successfully in a smaller market. While the coach has less to do with adjusting to the market than the GM, etc..., it may be some advantage.

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    April 22, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    Here is my concern. Player Psychie. This will be the 3rd coach for Favors, Evans and Hayward in 4 years. Hayward and his agent may be concerend about the stability. Other teams may look at that as well who want Hayward. Yes the Jazz have money but whats not to say that another Portland situation occurs in the off season then the Jazz will have to decide to match or not. The new coach, I feel needs to be charismatic but also defensive minded ( a Frank Layden/Jerry Sloan Hybrid). There were a lot of green empty seats this past year to be concerned about as well. I hope the Jazz have the opportunity in the lottery to draft someone who will make an immediate impact, especially on the defensive end.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 22, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    Either of the Van Gundys are more experience than the Jaz are likely to get.

    I would be in favor of a top NCAA coach to get the most out of the young Jazz team.

    Steve Kerr might work although as a coach he is yet to be tested. Pat Ewing understands the game and he has not been mentioned.

    Perhaps better yet if Tim Duncan would finally retire he is a great coach and he defintiely understands what it takes to win.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 22, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    I think the media is overemphasizing the importance of having "ties to Dennis Lindsay." That's why names like Jim Boylen keep coming up. There have been a lot of Head Coaching jobs open up since Boylen left the University of Utah. Have you ever heard his name mentioned once as a possible candidate?

    I don't think the Jazz will have a tough time getting a coach with a proven track record to fill this position. They have a lot of young talent. They are an unselfish bunch. They have high character. They are well positioned to attract more talent. The community supports the team. And most importantly, the worst is behind the Jazz as far as the rebuilding process is concerned. Don't be surprised if some top assistants want to come along as well.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 22, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    What about the Messiah? The Jazz are going to need a miracle or two to get this thing turned around.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Hire Nick Rimando to coach the Jazz before Jim Boylen! JB decimated the Ute program and would be an even worse choice for the young Jazz. He had no offensive system and brought in guys with questionable character.

    I don't think Alex Jensen is a viable candidate either, though I think he is a very bright basketball mind with a bright future. He has no NBA head coaching experience.

    As much as I respect Sloan, if the Jazz brought him back I would not go to a single game. They need a young coach who emphasizes defense and is known for developing young talent. Hornacek was the ideal candidate, but since we whiffed on that one, George Karl and Lionel Hollins are the only viable candidates with NBA head coaching experience (a must with this young team).

  • Cache Valley1 Logan, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    The Jazz could move to Butte, Montana for all I care if they hire Boylen. I would even come and help load the semi's for the move.

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Boylen? That would be the fastest way possible to count me as a former Jazz fan, and I've been a Jazz fan since the day they moved to Salt Lake City.

    Utah missed the boat by not making the move last year to secure Hornacek.

  • Cache Valley1 Logan, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    If the Jazz hire Boylen I'm done! No attendance to games. No merchandize purchases. No following whatsoever.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 22, 2014 6:54 a.m.

    I agree with doc33. Fred Hoiberg would be an obvious choice. Iowa State was a dead program before he came on the scene. He has NBA experience as a player plus he has the demeanor for the NBA. He get's more from his players than most coaches ever will and he has total loyalty from his players. Alex Jensen would be my next choice but I believe he needs a few more years as an assistant before he is ready for the big time. Otherwise, the other suggestions are just nonsense in the article.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 22, 2014 2:28 a.m.

    Ready or not, here it comes. This hiring is going to show what kind of GM the Jazz have. Make the right hire and there will be a lot of Jazz fans in the arena on opening day. Choose poorly and there will be a sea of empty green seats.

    As for candidates, Boylen shouldn't even be on the list. Why? Because many Jazz fans are also Ute fans (like me) and we wouldn't take kindly to the notion. I won't soon forget what he did to my Utes.

    If for whatever reason, the Jazz can't find an experience NBA head coach, then I would prefer they hire Alex Jensen over anyone else on the current coaching staff. He's a no nonsense protege of Rick Majerus. Jensen played for Majerus for 4 years and then coached with him at St. Louis for another five years. He was also a head coach for two years in the D-League and has played overseas professionally (Turkey, Spain, Japan). Jensen knows what needs to be done. Rick Majerus would not have kept anyone around for nine years that he didn't trust implicitly.

    April 21, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    I agree totally with several of the posters above: Surely it must be some joke to suggest that Jim Boylen, the guy who left Utah's basketball program in shambles, could possibly be mentioned as the head coach of the Jazz. If there is any truth whatsoever in this ugly rumor, then Lindsay needs to do his homework right away. Come on, there are plenty of good, solid candidates out there--- just not Boylen.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 21, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    Lionel Hollins would be a good choice

  • bblack10 Nephi, UT
    April 21, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    I think George Karl should be priority number one. After that, Lionel Hollins. After that I think Alvin Gentry should be thrown in the list of options. Please no to Boylen or Van Gundy. I'd be thrilled with either Karl or Hollins.

  • PhilRM Anchorage, AK
    April 21, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    Seriously? Was this article supposed to be in the Comics section of the paper? Boylen? I had to check my calendar to see if it was April Fools Day. The only ones out of that entire group I would give the reins to would be George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, or Jerry Sloan. All three of those guys know how to develop players and get the most out of their players. George Karl wouldn't be dealing with the attitude of Melo, Jeff wouldn't be dealing with a poorly run organization like New York, and Jerry has proven he can develop players. One other person I would add to this list is Stan Van Gundy.

  • OgdenUte34 Mesa, AZ
    April 21, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    No one has mentioned Dan Majerle. With his experience as an NBA assistant coach and player and with the success as head coach at GCU he would be a great fit if he were snatched up by the Jazz.

  • doc33 Las Vegas, NV
    April 21, 2014 8:00 p.m.

    Jim Boylen? Please, give me a break. Dennis Lindsey has got this off season to get it right, or else he's gone too: hire the right coach and draft some difference makers. I help him with choosing the coach. Sign Fred Hoiberg, period. He's brought back ISU from the brink. Without question, Hoiberg is a program builder; plus, he runs a NBA styled offense and has installed many clever wrinkles, and too, he's a former player in the league which is very important to current players, and he's got a great sideline demeanor. There's no downside in hiring Hoibery. Do it before someone does.