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Published: Thursday, May 22 2014 7:33 a.m. MDT

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Richie
Saint George, UT

Get a coach first and not Alvin Gentry.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Choices aplenty? Yeah, it's called conspiracy theory leftovers again. The draft lottery has defied mathematics the last 20 years.

ECR
Burke, VA

The Jazz need someone who can play defense (Aaron Gordon) or a coach who can get everybody else to play defense...preferably both.

coleman51
Orem, UT

In my opinion, the Jazz should draft the player with the most upside. I think Noah Vonleh would have the most potential and athleticism to bring to the table. While it is true the Jazz may have to shake up it's lineup, there is the possibility of obtaining a stretch 4 and defender with this pick. Trade possibilities would be an option after the pick and maybe we could get a young guard as well. I see very positive outcomes for it's future if the Jazz play it right. This is a good position to be in.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

I love to see the picture of KOC watching the workouts, or even Lindsay and Walt Perrin talking about the picks and players etc. Problem is none of those men will be on the bench this season.

If you were a player and came to Utah to work out would you be impressed with stories of 13 years ago of Stockton to Malone? And as a young prospect you get invited to play for ...."well we really don't have a coach but we have great fans"...

the players might be interested to know if they will be playing a half court offense or if they will be playing an upbeat run and gun or if they are going to be playing in a triangle adaptation style offense, I would like to know.

If you pick a coach like Dantoni you will need different players than a Mark Jackson type coach. does the Jazz admin understand that? Jerry is gone from the bench and so the style of players that he and KOC might have chosen are not relevant anymore...somebody should tell the GM to do his job and get a coach hired.

portlander
Arlington, WA

Get a coach...Nate MacMillan, George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adeleman (too bad it'll most likely be a couple of years before he'll come out of retirement), Lionel Hollins, Terry Porter, Byron Scott and probably a whole lot more former head and assistant coaches could be in the mix. Even Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Patrick Ewing want coaching jobs. With so many to choose from, why don't we hear about them contacting any of them? These NBA Execs seem to be so narrow minded. How can all of these great possibilities just sit out there with silent phones?

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@Doug10
From what vast NBA experience in your back ground leads you to believe you understand what the Jazz need better than the Jazz administration. I get a kick listening to all the sage advice coming from people sitting on their couch watching NBA on television. I'm pretty sure the Jazz brass know they need to hire a coach and they are trying to take the time needed to find the best choice. Of all the other teams hiring coaches this off season I think the Warriors are the only team to have hired a coach so why all the criticism over the Jazz selection process. For all we know they may have plans to talk to some assistants that are still involved in the playoffs. Also, if players decide they don't want to play here I'm sure it has a lot more to do with the small market we're in and not the quality of the organization. I've heard many "experts" from around the NBA say the Jazz are one of the best run organizations in the league.

Richie
Saint George, UT

@Americanvet.
Doug10 has the right idea. Jazz management appears to want to interview hasbeens like Gentry while Rome burns. There are plenty of bright young possiibles out there. These young players need help, not another Corbin.

Brio
Alpine, UT

Jazz management was impressive last year when they did some trading and ended up getting the NCAA Player of the Year (Burke) who is also now a first-team NBA All-Rookie player. At this point, there's no reason to believe they won't make the best of what cards they've recently been dealt by the unseen basketball gods.

From everything I've read, Lindsey has a solid long-term plan that will take a few years to implement. He was trained by the hands-down best organization in the NBA (San Antonio). What options are available and what choices are then made will truly be very interesting... both in regards to a new coach and the upcoming draft. Let's also throw-in an interesting free-agency period (with lots of funds to spend) coming up.

The next few months will likely set the foundational stage for years to come for the Jazz. Personally, I'm still very optimistic and with solid confidence in upper Jazz management. So far (in the short time Lindsey has been here), they've given no reason not to be.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@Richie
Everyone can agree that the Jazz need a new coach that can train and motivate young players and stress the need to play defense. Most also agree, including myself that Corbin was not that guy. But I can't agree with people critical of Jazz management because they are interviewing a coach that all the arm chair quarterbacks around here don't think is suited for the job. Gentry's name gets mentioned and it's like a mutiny is rising. The Jazz will probably interview a dozen guys so can't we hold back the criticism until they make their final selection? I'm pretty sure they want the right man for the job as much as the rest of us. Be prepared that like everything else, the brightest stars will probably not come to Utah and it's possible some of the coaches everyone wants have already declined to interview with the Jazz. There is so much that goes on that the general public is not privy to.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Gentry has a record of losing. He may get an interview but I seriously doubt he will come out on top.

Lindsey and O'Conner have a track record of try to make sound long term decisions. I mean they got rid of Corbin didn't they? Everyone agreed with that.

Lets see what happens. If they hire Boylen or some other proven loser then we can bash them.

I think they want a team that plays uptempo but at the same time has a commitment to defense. The Spurs used to be the most boring team on the planet. They have adapted and now plant 2-3 players out ready to bomb threes and may win a championship this year because of a good mix of exterior and interior offense.

I don't think Jazz management wants an unsellable product. They want something that appeals and has equal emphasis with some defense so you can actually have a chance to win something. They are looking for a coach to strike that balance and whether they are here before or after the draft the goal will be to have talented pieces that complement one another.

nativej
Orem, UT

Nobody's talking about who they really ought to be looking at as their top pick. With the Jazz being dead last in backcourt stats last year, they really need an outside threat. McDermott of Creighton would be the best fit for them IMOP. He reminds me of a Mark Price of a Steve Kerr sort of player or most recently a Kyle Korver type who can bring them decent defense and a killer outside shot which would take pressure off from the inside game. Jazz fans still remember what a Jeff Hornacek brought to the team of Jazz past and I think McDermott is the right guy to fill that void.

nativej
Orem, UT

Jazz need to seriously look at taking McDermott as their top pick. With the Jazz backcourt dead last in stats last year, they really need to ramp up their outside threat. This kid from Creighton can do that. He reminds me of a Mark Price,Steve Kerr,Kyle Korver or Jeff Hornacek who would give them the outside scoring they desperately need right now not to mention more leadership.

shemtheo
Honolulu, HI

IMO, the Jazz should do everything in their power to move into the top three to get Parker, Wiggins or Embiid. The Jazz have a lot of young talent, but they don't have a superstar player and no team wins a championship without one. The Cavs might be willing to trade the #1 pick for the #5 and a player of their choice if they think they have any chance of luring back Lebron, since they need more established players to fill in around him that are ready to compete. For me, no one is off the table...Favors, Hayward, Burke, Burks, or Kanter. I like all of them, but none of them are superstars and if the Jazz could land Jabari, Embiid or Wiggins for the #5 + one of those players; I think the Jazz should do it...even if they have to throw in additional sweetener like another draft pick.

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