I would like to apologize to the Utah Jazz organization and Jazz fans for the situation that was reported publicly (on Feb. 18). This is a personal matter that I take very seriously. I am working very hard to get the issue resolved in a timely manner and I am cooperating fully with all parties involved. —Sidney Lowe, Utah Jazz assistant coach
SALT LAKE CITY — It's a busy time for Utah Jazz assistant coaches.
One is in Arizona to be named head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Another continues to deal with an impending court case in North Carolina.
Three months after being arrested on charges of not filing and paying state income taxes in North Carolina from 2009-11, Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe's legal issues continue to linger on in Wake Forest, N.C.
His original appearance in March was delayed to Wednesday, May 29, to allow him to continue coaching with the Jazz during the NBA regular season. However, Lowe will have his case delayed even further.
"The case will be continued on Wednesday," responded Lowe's North Carolina-based lawyer, Lee Turner, to a request for information on the trial. "We will get a new court date at that time."
On Feb. 18, Lowe was arrested and booked into the Wake County Jail while on vacation at his North Carolina home, accused of not paying an unspecified amount of taxes the state's Department of Revenue claimed he owed. Lowe was charged with three misdemeanors and released on a $10,000 bond before returning to Utah.
Lowe was the North Carolina State head coach from 2006-11, earning an annual compensation package of about $900,000, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The 53-year-old Lowe missed one practice but then returned to his normal assistant coaching duties with the Jazz after being released from custody in North Carolina. Two days later, he released a statement through his attorney.
“I would like to apologize to the Utah Jazz organization and Jazz fans for the situation that was reported publicly (on Feb. 18)," Lowe stated. "This is a personal matter that I take very seriously. I am working very hard to get the issue resolved in a timely manner and I am cooperating fully with all parties involved.”
The Jazz organization never made a statement, but coach Tyrone Corbin offered his full support to his lead assistant and former teammate.1 comment on this story
"We're moving forward. It's a personal situation he's dealing with. We support him wholeheartedly," Corbin said in February. "He understand. He's taking responsibility for where he is in it and we'll support him and he'll move on."
Speaking of moving on, that's what Jeff Hornacek is doing. The popular former Jazz player and assistant coach was formally introduced as the Suns' new head coach today in Phoenix.
Hornacek's departure leaves Corbin with two full-time assistants — Lowe and Michael Sanders.
Lowe joined Corbin's staff before the 2011-12 season, and Sanders was promoted from player development coach before the 2012-13 season after Scott Layden took a job as the Spurs' assistant general manager.