I don't buy that "The Jazz aren't going to get a key free agent
regardless how much cap room they have..." Too many players have
had decent experiences here, the org's rep on how players are treated is
generally good, it's a place where a free agent can be "the man,"
and during the season there's not a lot of free time in SLC anyway even if
you don't care for the city. ...A city which has more
amenities and diversity all the time besides. And which has always had more than
its "image" suggests.
The more I think about it the more I like Jones and then Griffin for the hires.
The only reason anyone has heard of Snyder is b/c of Missouri and he left that
place a mess. The more I read about Jones the more he reminds me of Dave
Joerger in Memphis. No one had heard of him as he came out of the D-Leauge and
he has done a great job as the Grizzlies head coach. I also like that the two
head coached he has been mentored by are Sloan and Popovich. Hopefully he can
bring some of that much needed toughness as the Jazz head man. I go Jones #1,
Griffin #2, Keep looking #3.
I agree with many positive comments above concerning Snyder or Messina. Not too
thrilled, however, about Brad Jones. I mean, very limited resume. And this
constant in-house hiring does nothing to lift the Jazz out of their mediocrity.
Anybody who knows Brad knows he would be an excellent choice. Bright, young and
a very good basketball resume if you actually look at it. Encourage also you
look at David Lockes podcast about it today. I personally hope they go in this
direction. He is definitely as qualified as Snyder or Griffin. He would not be
a Sloan clone either. He has his own ideas on how to succeed in the
contemporary NBA and I am sure that is why he is still in the mix.
We just cannot understand why the Jazz don't simply hire Messina just like
BYU fans don't understand why the Cougars don't just hire Andy Reid as
head coach and Steve Young as Offensive Coordinator. Well, jeez, do you suppose
the candidates might have an opinion. Does Messina want to coach in Utah?
It's not like the Jazz have the power to draft him in the coaches draft. If
Blatt goes as an assistant to another team, how does that affect the Jazz HC
search? There are realities of the real world that the Jazz have to contend
with. We have no way of knowing what conversations have happened
with Hollins, MacMillan or D'Antoni, but it's so much easier to just
cynical assume the management is whiffing on the selection. So many experts out
Jerry is not good at whispering, howeever if the Jazz organization is unwilling
to entertain a different style of team management then Brad will be the man
Apparently Jones is going to be the new coach. Maybe he can have Jerry sit
behind him on the bench and whisper in his ear.
Out of that group< I agree that Snyder is the best choice and I could live
with that choice. However, I really like the idea of Ettore Messina. My son and
I spent some time on the internet and found interviews and youtubes about
Messina and there is a lot to like and not much to dislike.I'd
take Messina on his own merits but he might also be the lure that would bring
Tomic from Spain to Utah. That would be a coup for the Jazz, to add an
experienced center without costing draft choices or another key player. The Jazz
aren't going to get a key free agent regardless how much cap room they have
so they have to start thinking outside the box and be much bolder than they have
been in the past.I don't understand why the Jazz front office
is hesitating on this unless Messina is demanding too much control in the
organization. To me, it looks like a no-brainer.
Lionel Hollins, Mike D'Antoni, Nate MacMillan....my top 3. Why does the
Jazz front office whiff on coaching? However, I guess that I'd settle for
Quinn Snyder but I'd leave the rest behind.
Out of that group I think Quin Snyder stands out as the best candidate for the
Jazz head coaching position. I hope we hear an announcement soon.
Is Jones the mystery man?
I'm not sure what to believe from DN anymore since just the other day they
reported that no current Jazz coach was in the mix for the job.