Utah Jazz to reach out to John Stockton in coach search, ESPN report says


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  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    May 15, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    That would be awesome to see John at the helm and the article is correct, it is going to take quite a convincing luring pitch to convince a very private person to assume one of the most main stream media scrutinized jobs out there.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    May 15, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    We are all wasting time. Lindsey has coach picked but he has to cover the bases.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 15, 2014 5:07 a.m.

    I would like to see Stockton coach. I think a lot of people would. It would probably boost Jazz TV game ratings too, and draw more people to games.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    May 14, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    What a dumb idea. The worse part is this shows the Jazz has ZERO clues about who to go after. All this does it get the non-basketball Jazz fan (event goers) excited about a name they can recognize.
    Stockon has NEVER coached. He might be ok to bring in to show pointers, but as a coach.. get real. Hornacek paid his dues learning his profession. That coupled with his pro experience has made him a very good coach.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:33 p.m.

    Brave sir Robin, your right now all great players make good coaches, in fact a lot of the great ones don't, but the one's who end up being good have some things in common. First of all they really know the game, and in many cases didn't become great at basketball because of great athleticism, they succeeded because they had to be smarter. IE Larry Bird was a good coach, Mark Jackson has been a good coach, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Carlisle, etc. All these players were good players but not what you'd call athletic. And your Kidd, it's his first year and he is getting better. Oh yeah and I forgot Hornacek in that group. The fact is Stockton know's the game and is one of those people who commits and puts everything into, so even though it's not an exact science I could see him being a good coach. Now with that being said I think it's highly unlikely he'll do it :).

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    May 14, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    Love Stockton and think he would be a fantastic assistant coach...

    But Stockton only played for 1 coach as a player, and he only played in 1 system as a player, and he played in an era LOOONG before advanced analytics...

    I like Stockton for player motivation, teaching, analysis... but to be in charge of the whole system? This game has changed a TON since Stockton was competing for a championship. He'd be a dinosaur in modern SLC.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    John Stockton would be a great coach. He was a great player, a great father, and a great person. I have the utmost respect for him and would love to see him coach the Utah Jazz!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 14, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    I am a huge Stockton fan growing up...the guy is a family man...so i dont think he'll be coaching any time soon...his focus right now is on his kids...people here think that John wont be a good coach...i'd beg to differ...i think he could be a great coach...but he needs to start off as an assistant first....but John's basketball IQ is up there...remember when Larry Bird coached Indiana...and went to the ECF in straight years...but john being far from basketball right now might be a disadvantage...but i think its like riding a bike...once he gets used to it...it'll all come back

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 14, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    There are finally some rumors circulating of someone besides Jim Boylen. Sports Illustrated even suggested that Lionel Hollins may be interested if he doesn't get the Golden State job.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    Jazz teams with John and Karl were elite offensive teams and executed other teams to their deaths. Those teams were not elite defensive teams but very average or slightly above.

    John and Karl just scored nearly every time down the floor in the 4th Q. They did their best to get stops but they were not as revered for that.

    Who knows if John haa any interest in coaching. He still has a flip phone for petes sake. That doesn't sound like anyone very tech savy, modern, or stats-driven to me.

    I doubt he has any interest and given his complete goose-egg in terms of coaching experience at this level...picking him to do it would be a complete crap-shoot.

    Maybe he works maybe he doesn't but if he doesn't....good luck with that discussion/PR of removing Stockton from coaching.

    The more I type the less upside I see and diminished likelihood of it happening.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin
    You ask what qualifications John has as a Head Coach...

    You are correct that most great players are not good coaches... Michael Jordan did not do a good job, nor Magic Johnson, etc... that is because they knew "How" to play the game, but not necessarily "understand" the game.

    John Stockton not only played the game, he "Understood" the game. That is what made him so effective in the games when his talent level was not up there in the area of say Michael Jordan.

    That is why Jerry Sloan, Greg Popavich are known as great coaches.. they understands the game and how it is be played.

  • Tajemnica Santa Monica, CA
    May 14, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    Not a huge Jazz fan but I loved Stockton growing up. Don't think he'll be the coach but I might watch a few more games if he is.

    May 14, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    Nobody is going to agree to coach the Jazz while the Knicks, Lakers, and Warriors are looking for coaches.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    I loved John Stockton as a player and he might make a very good coach but Jazz management dithers while Rome burns.

  • fan in orem Orem, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    I don't think John will be interested, but I like the idea. I can't believe NBA teams who keep hiring coaches who have been fired from three other NBA teams. Why do they think they would do a better job just because they have been a head coach before? We can get Mike Brown. He was just fired for the third time in four years, he's got to be better than any other guy. Any other Van Gundy brothers out there?

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    May 14, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Bring back Jerry Sloan!!!

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    May 14, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    I bet the people that think Stockton will be a good coach are the same ones that thought Jimmer would be an All-Star. Jason Kidd had a losing record. If he was coaching in the west they wouldn't have made the playoffs.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    May 14, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    Shoot me now. They might as well randomly select a Jazz fan to coach this team.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Stockton left the NBA and has told nobody he wants to return and run a team.

    Karl Malone has done nothing for the team or league since hanging up his sneakers years ago. This past season he was supposed to step up and help the big men on the Jazz. Since Malone was not the head coach he does not have to take responsibilty for Kanters anything goes in the key attitude.

    Let old players ride into the sunset, they deserve it. Ask Micheal Jordan how he did as a coach even thuogh his career absoultely eclipsed that of Stockton.

    This is newspaper fodder so the fans don't rise up and demand to know why Stan Van Gundy can get hired by a lesser team than the Jazz and the Jazz did not even call him.

    Your poor record you blame Corbin for and your inability to get things done Mr. Lindsay is beginning to speak volumes about your talent as a gm.

    The Jazz need a coach, at least then someone would be in charge.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Love Stockton as a player, but has no coaching experience. Nice story for the media to "gin" up interest, but this will never happen.

  • John Harrison Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    They'd be better off hiring someone that wants to coach and has experience like Mark Madsen. Stockton's coaching pedigree is Frank Layden and Jerry Sloan. Unless John is going to coach a clone of himself and one of Karl I don't know that he'd have the experience to do a great job.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    Not grasping for straws, just a courtesy call.

    May 14, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin
    San Diego, CA
    What happened to Jason Kidd? Well as I see it, he is in the second round of the playoffs right now, yeah they will lose to the Heat, but I say that was pretty good for a first year.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    May 14, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Grasping for straws...

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 14, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    I don't see this happening. John is very involved with his kids sports here in Spokane, and involved with Gonzaga Prep. Big difference between coaching 6th grade AAU and the NBA. I have a lot of respect for John; always says Hi when you see him out in public; just don't aak for an autograph. His book "Assisted" is a great read.

  • Jazzfan1175 Tooele, UT
    May 14, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    First off as a huge Jazz Fan I feel the need to point out that Jason Kidd is still currently a head coach and a very successful one so far! He won his very first playoff series and had a very successful season considering he started the season without his starting center! Also we should think of the good job of coaching performed Jeff Hornacek as a new coach also a player. Although he does have coaching experience he is still a good example of how former players can be good coaches as these two individuals have actually proven that former players can become good, if not great head coaches!

    May 14, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    The very first time a Deron Williams or a Raja Bell questioned his authority, Stockton would walk. John knows his basketball; but he would make Jerry Sloan look like a hugger.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    May 14, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Hire Stockton as head coach and Karl Malone as his lead assistant. I can't think of a player in the league that wouldn't want to play and learn under these two. Make it happen Jazz!!

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    You realize if you hire Stockton you can't ever fire him.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 14, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Two things for Jazz fans to think about before you lose total control of your bodily functions over this "news":

    1. What evidence is there that Stockton would be a good head coach? Great players don't always (usually?) make great coaches. Stockton has zero head coaching experience at any level - you really think his first job should be head coach in the NBA? Anyone want to remind us what happened when Jason Kidd was a head coach?

    2. What makes you think Stockton would take the job anyway? He's not stupid - do you really think he wants to work for this ownership? Talk about setting yourself up to fail...

  • Jack of trades SLC, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:34 a.m.

    So the Jazz are preparing to gauge interest in 20 potential coaching prospects? Preparing? They've been without a coach for nearly a month. Who's running this organization? It seems to me that they should have been gauging interest the minute Corbin was fired. Oh how I miss the great Larry H.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 14, 2014 12:17 a.m.

    Stockton as the next Jazz coach?

    Nice to dream about, but highly unlikely. There's just not much upside (or enough reasons) for Stockton to take over the job.

    Keep John as a part-time coach for the Jazz guards. It doesn't take up too much of his time and I'm certain it's something he enjoys.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    May 13, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    We need you John!