Maybe there's something in the water out in the Uintah Basin - causing
people to worry about what the Lakers are going to do. The Lakers will do
whatever they do, but we have no way of knowing whether Messina is even on their
radar, or whether he would be interested in going there, or whether he is the
best candidate for the Jazz job. We don't know whether Messina would be
interested in coaching the Jazz. I really don't think the sky
is falling here.
Better do something quick, if Jazz are interested. Looks like the Lakers are
i'd go for Messina...or Lionel Hollins...i think Messina is a teacher...and
he would probably use our players better than Corbin...
With the exception of Kerr going to the Knicks at the end of the first round of
the play-offs, I wouldn't expect much activity on the coaching front until
the play-offs are over. Not only are there some good assistant coaches still in
the play-off mix, but there are some head coaches who might be looking to move.
Good thinking Doug10, we should have a proven NBA player verify the abilities of
a European based coach. And apparently you missed the entire article that
potrays Messina as a Sloan type. Will that really fly in LA with Kobe?
Messina sounds pretty good, but Lindsey better make up his mind quickly before
the best candidates get snapped up by the big city teams like the Lakers. The
Jazz have the players and draft picks all they need is a good coach now.
@ Doug10:Your comments feel as if they are made from a very narrow
perspective and limited mindset. First of all, Travis Hansen
excelled at both college and European basketball. He had a longer and better
European pro basketball career than most pros do in the NBA. After Doug
Flute initially wilted in the NFL, he flourished in Canadian basketball and
later in the NFL after given a better opportunity. Hansen had the opportunity to
return to the NBA after excelling in Europe, but decided to stay where things
were already well established. He also played extensively both for and against
Messina, so has a qualified opinion. When it comes to basketball, he knows what
he's talking about. Had he played at the U, I'm certain you would look
at him with more open eyes.Messina is a good friend of the Jazz GM,
perhaps more-so than with anyone at the Lakers. Also, the Jazz are more in the
market for a new coach than are the Lakers. He also might like the overall
situation better with the Jazz. Those are just a few reasons he might choose
Utah over the Lakers.
Dick...Thank you for this piece.With all due respect to
Doug 10...Travis is an all-time competitor.True...that
fact did not translate into a lucrative NBA career...However..the
fact, that he did not have a lucrative NBA career does not preclude Dick going
to Travis for his opinion.It is refreshing to get the viewpoint of
one who knows Messina well by direct, first-hand observation...not by some
pundits chapter and verse.Would/will/is Messina be the one to lead
the Jazz out of the wilderness?Who knows?
The best coach of the European league coming to Utah? That is a good story
similar to the one that Phil Jackson is leaving NY to come and coach the Jazz.
That way the Jazz can have their choice of the two best basketball minds in the
world to choose from. Sounds like great headlines or an Aesops fable......you
choose what you want to beleive.The article also mentioned Messina
was a great coach but he would need the right personnel. Does he not know the
Jazz have already been through the refiners fire this season and now we have
professionals only on the team?Messina is in demand so tell me why
he would choose Utah over the Lakers.And this article was based upon
conversations with a player coached by Messina but who still could not win or
even play in the NBA. I am still looking for higher qualifications than being
friends with Dennis.If you want to impress the Jazz people Dennis,
use your people and management skills and talk Poppivich into coaching at
Utah...I am quite certain he too is your friend.
Interesting. I have no basis to predict how it would work out, but at least
they're thinking outside the box. I've always thought it's
strange how the NBA recycles coaches. Fail one place, wait a year or two, fail
somewhere else, etc.The Jazz need to establish a culture. Under Ty,
my impression is that the players and fans saw him as a pale imitation of Sloan.
Bring in this Euro guy, and at least he wouldn't have to constantly
battling the Ghost of Jerry. Baggage-free, good hoops mind, and has "a
system"? Why not?
Messina would know how to deal with foreign players, and basketball itself is a
universal language...might be a good choice if its not going to be Randy Rahe.