Coach Messina has been on the NBA radar for some time and has a reputation for
getting the most out of his teams. If he were chosen as the next Jazz coach,
we'd see what this group is capable of, for better or worse. Fans
wouldn't sense that this coach was in over his head as clearly was the case
with Ty Corbin.
@JazzyCougarFan91 "Its time for the Jazz to hire an experienced
NBA Head Coach like Mark Jackson...."Yes, the same guy who
can't even manage his own coaching staff during a season. The same guy who
reportedly fractured the Jazz locker room when he "had" to play behind
Stockton. The same guy who makes brilliant comments like "the clippers
should boycott their next game" when it is his team they are playing
against. There is not a more self absorbed mouth in the league right now. No
thanks.@AmericanVet "....George Karl...." The regular
season wizard and the proven playoff disaster? That George Karl? Can't
win a playoff series...so I guess if all you are looking for is someone to get
you into the playoffs then fail...yes he could be your guy.Stan Van
Gundy is fairly OCD but he had Orlando contending in the East when he was there.
He might be worth consideration.Messina seems to have alot of
positives...worth a serious look.Get someone with NBA proven
defensive schemes.They forgot Vlade Divac's highest stat in
addition to all his points, rebounds, and assists. 100,000 cigs and counting!
Just read in ESPN that George Karl is indicating he is ready to get back into
coaching. He was coach of the year the same year the dummy's in Denver
fired him. He immediately jumps to the top of my wish list.
The only American that excites me is Kerr and he is bound for the Lakers or
Knicks. The rest are recycled or too old and frail like George Karl. So Jazz
management hurry up and make a decision before your fan base deserts you. I
still like Messina.
A real possibility that the Jazz Flip the Script on the this search. Really like
Messina as the HC then bring in Mike D'Antoni as 1st chair assistant.
Messina can look at the team as a whole and get maximum effort out of the guys.
(Something he is known for). In today's world you can ask these guys to
play really hard on D if they get to play in a high octane offense. Mike
D'Antoni is great in on O but lack the Defensive mind set. Rearranging this
bench could be very productive for the Jazz on the court as well as bringing a
higher level of scorers to the team. Play hard on D and you get to run and gun
with Mike D'Antoni offense.
@JazzyCougarFan91:You couldn't be more wrong in stating that
this guy is just like Corbin was. I see no similarities whatsoever. Corbin came
in with no head coaching experience whatsoever. Messina has over a thousand
games under his belt as a head coach and has won the vast majority of them. Also, Corbin's glaring weakness was regarding defense. It so happens that
defense is Messina's forte. They couldn't more different in that
regard as well. @ Sneaky Jimmy:You ask why Messina would
leave a successful coaching career in Europe to coach the Jazz. He's
reached the pinnacle where he's currently at and there's no where else
to advance except to the NBA. He not the kind of guy that would be happy
stagnated. He would thrive on the additional challenges of the NBA.Also,
the Jazz could certainly offer more money... a great motivator to most
people.Messina is a totally proven winner as a coach and has a great
resume. Jazz management would be foolish not to take a very serious look at him.
He certainly merits being on their short list as the next Jazz head coach.
Its time for the Jazz to hire an experienced NBA Head Coach like Mark Jackson or
Jeff Van Gundy.I'm sure that this guy is a great coach but he is just like
Corbin was and look how that panned out No more rookie head coaches Bring Back
the Pick and Role game from the late 90s
The real question is: will he take the Jazz seriously? Why would he want to
leave a successful career in Europe to coach the Jazz?
Dennis Lindsay is pretty smooth. He spreads rumors that he's going to bring
Jim Boylen back to Utah so everyone will breath a sigh of relief when it turns
out to be a Euro coach.
Here's a question. How many white Americans were in the NBA All Star
Game?Here's another: If the NBA is importing shooters from
Europe, why can't Fredette get a serious look? Does he have to go to
Please no Vangundy's or a Boylen. Please, Please, PLEASE !
Travis Hansen (of BYU fame) actually played professionally for Coach Messina in
Russia and had outstanding reviews and recommendations for him. They were posted
in a Deseret News article a few weeks back. I would even take his opinion over a
reporter. Travis is an actual player who knows the demands and work-ethic of
this man as a very disciplined coach who gets things done. I hope the Jazz take
note, talk to Messina, and pick him as coach.
Defense. I want a coach who will emphasize defense above all else. Sure, that
might be Messina's strength in the Euro League, but what about here? I am
impressed by his record, and I wouldn't be unhappy if he were hired. It is
just that after three years, I am ready for someone who can teach defense.
I like the Messina choice along with keeping Bryant and Jensen as assistants.
It solidifies the coaching staff in preparation for tryouts. The other coaching
choices appear to play to the fans and don't train young players.