Multitasking Utah Jazz evaluate prospects in Chicago, near interviewing process in coach search

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  • Mkithpen Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    Boylen - no way that will ever happen. Lindsey has got to worry about season ticket sales and with Boylen those needed Season Ticket holders would bolt ESA quickly.

  • MH2499 Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    I seriously cannot believe Boylen is still being mentioned! I know Dennis Lindsey has a thing for Boylen, but are you serious? The only coaching job he had he got fired within 4 years in the NCAA. Not to mention the Utes were in the MWC, so not exactly the most competitive conference in the NCAA. I personally don't buy the notion that you have to do 20 interviews and do your "diligence". As someone who hires people for a living for nearly 2 decades, you can interview what you consider the top candidates based on your own criteria. It doesn't mean you have to take 3 months to do it. The longer this position stays open the worse for the franchise. Yes, we need to hire the right candidate, but are you serious that the Jazz brass doesn't know who would be a great coach? As a season ticket holder, it's disappointing we can't recruit high quality talent and that the Jazz brass doesn't have more urgency!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    The Jazz sit and watch as Kerr gets a coaching job and Van Gundy a staple in the NBA gets hired by Detroit? and the Jazz are getting ready to begin their search? Really, how long does it need to take? Get the top prospects in and make your pitch?

    I think Dennis is waiting to see if the prospects get fairer, that has never happened in the NBA draft where the top picks are gone early on yet I sense that is happening while Dennis sits on the sidelines talking about the talent pool in the coaching ranks.

    The coach, who should have been chosen weeks ago should be going to the Chicago activity so he can see who he can work with as players, he should be involved in the draft process and he should be involved with the ongoing contract talks with existing players.

    The Jazz are going to hire him and hope he does not have any conflicts with players or front office, in other words they are going to hire a clone of themselves so as fans we can expect very little to change.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 14, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Eee gads! Boylen is being mentioned (yet again) as the top prospect for the Jazz?

    As a Ute fan, who is also a Jazz fan, I would not take kindly to the notion of the Jazz hiring Boylen. I have never forgiven him for the shambles in which he left the Ute program.

    Dennis Lindsey needs to set aside his personal feelings for Boylen and tell him no. There are just too many fans (like me) who would gag at the hiring of Boylen.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    I think there is a bit of gamesmanship here. If not they are incompetent. You can't seriously expect it takes 3 weeks to simply determine the criteria of a good coach when you have O'Conner, Sloan, and Lindsey who all have plenty of experience to know what they already want.

    I think they are stalling to see what good coaches may get canned as the playoffs continue.

    It conceivable that Vogel and/or Scott Brooks get booted if their respective teams lose in these earlier rounds. It would be regression in terms of playoff success.

    Both coaches are dealing with personnel debacles. Evan Turner trade blew up the Pacers locker room.

    Scott Brooks has to deal with the enigma named Russell Westbrook who appears impossible to coach. Last night was an example.

    Westbrook is an amazing explosive athlete that simultaneously at times makes horrendous decisions that destroy their team. 4th Q and literally 4 out of 5 sequential possessions game within 2 points he literally never passed the ball, dribbled out shot clock, took bad shots/missed, or turned it over and the lead ballooned to 8.

    With insane luck they won anyways.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    Still can't believe they are seriously looking at Boylen when he has so much of a bad rep her in Utah, at least among Ute fans.