Brad Rock: Jazz coaching hire — this one's on Lindsey

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 23, 2014 4:52 p.m.


    come on...they are in the east...that's why they got into the all-star game...and that is why they are in the playoffs....look at the standings of western conference teams against east teams...Altanta and Bobcats are barely .500 team...this is what i dont get...Big Al and Paul Millsap...went to east into the playoffs...and everyone things they are that good...come on...its the east...the Jazz both have Al Jeff and Paul Millsap last year...we didnt even made the playoffs...if we keep them...we will just be a fringe playoff team...and you guys want that? those to guys wont compete for a championship anytime soon...the problem is...Jazz fans were spoiled by the Stockton - Malone Era...heck i love that era....but its time to do something drastic...we will not get into the playoffs for a number of with it...we are not going to be champions with Paul Millsap and Big Al...they're 3rd and 4th tier players at best...

  • Mkithpen Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2014 7:57 p.m.

    Hello Jerry! Permanently retired until Gail asks for his help in righting the ship. Come on Jerry, we need your guidance, grit and determination to get through this mess. In two years we'll be saying " Lindsey' who's that! Time to bring Scott Layden in as the GM while cleaning up these messes.

  • Alex T Murray, UT
    April 22, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    wyoming cougar.

    Before you get down on others for their facts.

    Check your own. The jazz made the playoffs in 2012.

    Do they have computers in Wyoming?

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    April 22, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    Too many Jazz fans think of the old Jazz with Sloan, Malone, Stockton and Honacek as the glory days. Yeah, they were, as much as glory was ever a part of the Jazz. But don't ever forget, they were never better than brides' maids.

    Sloan was rigidly fixed in his management/coaching style and would never take even a hint of changing. But again, when the big prize was on the line, he choked, just like Malone.

    It should be clear as crystal that you cannot train new guys to be stars by sitting them on the bench until the losing vets win enough games to get to and win the playoffs. By the time the new crew is old enough to be vets, they've lost out, too.

    And last of all, the two biggest "stars" to ever play for the Jazz became the best they could be by leading the team when they were in the third (Stockton) and second (Malone) years. (By the way, that happened because of Frank, not Jerry. Sloan "inherited" those starters! He'd never have been able to keep his job had he demoted these two "almost rookies after becoming the head!)

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    April 22, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    Hey folks, Milsap and Jefferson are all stars this year and both are still in the playoffs. If lindsey is such a wizard, why didn't he do a sign and trade with both of these and others from last years team. Surely we could have gotten future draft picks. Why not keep an experienced point guard to tutor the rookie?

    Lindsey arrogant and you are foolish if you think this is the blueprint of the Spurs. They tanked twice and got the Admiral and Duncan. Pure luck of the draft. There is no way the Jazz will get that quality from this draft!

    Kaladin, it is you that does not understand the process. They will lose Hayward this year like Matthews, the twin bigs in a couple more years like Boozer, and Burk does a Williams because Utah is, well Utah, and the Jazz remain in the dumpster. Utah will NEVER attract and hold star players and must be content to win with good players like they dumped and with coaching.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 22, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    Rock is right this time. Lindsey will make the decisions and should get the blame. If the Jazz do well, he will get the credit.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 22, 2014 3:21 p.m.


    I don't know what decisions you are talking about. You must be referring to keeping our allstars Millsap/Jefferson? Oh wait, they couldn't make the allstar game or the playoffs here last season.

    So which is it? Corbin can't/couldn't coach them or they are really not as good as they appear on their lousy teams in the weak eastern conference?

    Lindsey took care of that and the coach. Hallelujah!

    I don't know what decisions you are talking about because his decisions are long overdue unless your plan it to be roadkill in the 1st round of the playoffs yearly...if you even make it to the playoffs.

    The landscape has changed with the new CBA. You are not getting LeBron, Durrant, Paul George, or CP3 so guess what? You are building through the draft or you are simply rearranging chairs on the deck of the titanic.

    I hope they select a coach who knows how to teach/enforce defense. Corbin's plan had us dead last in the league statistically speaking. Corbins results speak for themselves. Sure these guys are young but also several upper talent draft picks. No progress shown defensively.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 22, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Dennis seems like a thoughtful individual who makes carefully calculated decisions.

    One day soon white smoke instead of black smoke will rise from the chimney above the ESA. Dennis Lindsey will then emerges in a royal button down shirt and say "Habemas Pontificus Maximus!" (That's Latin for: "We have a Head Coach!") So far so good. I just hope when the New Guy appears at the widow overlooking the ESA plaza it isn't Greg Ostertag.

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    April 22, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    Should have snatched-up Hornacek when they had the chance. I saw the writing on the wall a couple of years ago but what do I know? Apparently more than the Jazz execs.

  • JoeTrent Provo, UT
    April 22, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    The Jazz made the Western Conference Finals in 2007. 2010 they got swept by the Lakers..

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    April 22, 2014 12:27 p.m.


    You are right about 2010, but partly wrong about 2006 (was 2007 playoffs, but '06-'07 season)-

    Playoff history since 2000:
    2010-2014= No playoffs
    2009= 1st round exit to lakers
    2008= 2nd round exit to lakers
    2007= Western conference finals loss to spurs
    2006-2004= No playoffs
    2003= 1st round exit to kings
    2002= 1st round exit to kings
    2001= 1st round exit to mavericks
    2000= 2nd round exit to blazers

  • Makimb2 Slc, UT
    April 22, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Jazz made the Western Conference Finals in 2006 not 2010, just keeping the facts straight.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 22, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Too bad he couldn't have kept Hornacek but that's like crying over spilt milk. I like his thoughts on Jenson but Corbin had to go. Lets all take a deep breath and see what he does now. The game has changed but I am still a Jazz fan. As far as Las Vegas is concerned no NBA team as long as gambling exists in its present form.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 22, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    thanks Brad for the description of color and the way Lindsay wears his shirt. more importantly would be how he plans to attract a valuable coach to the Jazz.

    he was hired to run things and he has certainly changed things up, he has yet to make them better but he has changed the way the Jazz do business.

    the Jazz are no longer feared defensively even in Utah. Karl Malone was brought on to help the big men and that seems to have been more of a marketing ploy to keep old fans on board as he was seldom seen throughout the season.

    Randy Foye who set 3 point records for the Jazz was let go for a second round draft choice. Turn that around and the Jazz would be be crash happy to get a player who can dial in exchange for a distant second round draft choice. Heck even keeping him so he could teach
    Hayward how to shoot would have been better than the "nothing" that Lindsay got for him.

    I say it is too early to judge Lindsay and it seems he still has time to pull the rabbit out of the's hoping.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 22, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    I've read a lot of comments from "fans" suggesting they will not watch or support the Jazz and want Lindsey sent packing. To those I say, you are the definition of fair weather fans. What happened to sticking with your team? Everything has cycles. Stocks go up and down, housing prices go up and down, and teams go through the same cycle. Will you only support a winning team? Do you know why SLC will never have MLB or NFL teams in Utah? It's because there are too many fair weather fans and owners need people sitting in seats supporting the local team. Bigger cities have fair weather fans too but they have the population to still put enough fans in seats to support teams. So if you every want more sports to support or teams to cheer for you should consider supporting the 1 major league franchise we have now, and hopefully we won't lose that one. Go Lindsey, Go Jazz.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    April 22, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Kaladin-- I agree with you. I'm not sure what Mortoon is doing, but for now (crossing fingers) Lindsey is doing exactly what the Jazz organization brought him in to do. Which is stop being a 8th seed or barely out of the playoffs, and rebuild.

    Two things were accomplished this season. First, the Jazz were able to play most of their young core through the season. They were able to see which young players we should continue to sign (Burke, Burks, Hayward) and which ones may be better of hitting the road (Kanter, unless something changes dramatically).

    Second, by playing and preparing the young and inexperienced guys, the lost and lost bad. Now we should get a decent lottery pick, another first rounder and an early second round pick.

    Lindsey has done everything right up to this point, but a lot hinges on a few important decisions: 1) A new Coach and 2) who will the draft picks be. I believe Lindsey is batting .1000 right now, but with some bad decisions coming up he could be down to .333 and that won't be acceptable in Utah.

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    April 22, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Mortoon- You obviously don't understand what the process is. This is the plan. He did this with San Antonio and they have since won multiple championships and compete for one yearly. The other option is sitting around 7-10 in the West year in and year out. I like the rebuilding idea.

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    April 22, 2014 5:07 a.m.

    Here's my prediction. Leave Lindsey in charge and the jazz continue to falter, lose fan support, are sold and move out of town. I am amazed that the focus on Lindsey hasn't intensified with all of the poor decisions he has made.