Utah Jazz to interview Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin

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  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    May 19, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Another bad choice for the Jazz.

  • Disport Alpine, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    @ djacob10:

    Most NBA superstars have made so much money that they have no interest in coaching, which pays just a small fraction of what they used to make.

    Some of the players you listed as being "not great" actually are. They even have their jerseys retired and hanging in the rafters where they played. Others you listed like Mark Jackson (who just got fired) can not yet be considered an upper tier coach.

    Yes, there are a number of so-so players who ended up being great coaches. But there are many more who didn't. If someone wants to hire a former so-so player, at least wait until he's had head coaching experience and somewhat proven himself at that level. Like Concinnity said, it will improve the odds of getting a successful coach.

  • Disport Alpine, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    @ fortydam:

    The only undertone I've been able to read into any of these comments is yours. The rest are simply opinions. And why are you asking for trust when you've shown or done nothing at all to earn it?

  • djacob10 Salt Lake, UT
    May 15, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    See how many former NBA superstar players that went on to become NBA coaches and did great. Most of the time the successfull coaches are former NBA players that were good but not great.
    Doc Rivers, Byron Scott, Brooks, Hornacek, Jerry, Phil Jackson, Mark Jackson etc etc

    Yet I am not excited about Griffin as a possible coach. I would like more experience

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 15, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    i dont know why people here...wants to rush the coaching selection...ideally you want a coach before the draft to get a player the coach thinks would be beneficial for the team...but...the draft is still far away...and we still have time...but...to give my 2 cents on who the coach should be....it should be...Lionel Hollins....winning records in memphis...took memphis to the conference finals....but didnt get the extension...i think he is the guy for our team...

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 15, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    @ Long Lost America

    Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson...are playing in the EAST...where the talent is thin...you think they'll be all stars in the west? when the west have the likes of Aldridge, Cousins, Love, Gasol Brothers, D Howard, Duncan, Z-bo, blake griffin, up and coming Anthony Davis need i say more?...let's see the competition at the east...an underperforming Roy Hibbert who i think is a bit overrated 7'2" cant rebound, West, Boozer, Nene,Gortat, Bosh, Past of prime Garnett...Injured Al Horford, Joakhim Noah(the only true all-star), injured Brook Lopez...Nikola Vucevic..wow...really tough competition at the east

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    May 15, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Osgrath, there's an undertone to some of the folks on this site. Trust me Griffin doesn't fit their description of a coach.

  • Concinnity Richfield, UT
    May 15, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    @ Osgrath:

    The concept you asked me to explain is not rocket science. It's all about going with the odds. An NBA player who excelled at high levels usually knows ands understands positive skill concepts better than others who didn't do as well in the NBA. And if you don't know and understand it, it's difficult to coach it. Everything else being equal, I'd always go with a proven winner... as a player and/or as a coach.

    Are there exceptions? Certainly. You named one. Big deal. Your 2nd example is debatable. Steve Kerr was and is considered by most pundits to be much better than "middle-of-the-road" as you described him. As such, he's an example who actually helps to prove my point.

    Considering the amount of money Jazz management will be paying their next coach and all else that's at stake, they would want to go with the best odds they can of getting a successful coach. The premise they followed last time didn't work so well.

    I've tried to explain this at a level that I hope even you can understand. It's not that complicated.

  • Long Lost America Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    Meanwhile, in other Jazz news (regarding players that "couldn't work out here") - Paul Millsap made his 1st all star team, DeMare Carroll was a key multi-stat starter for the Hawks and Bleacher Report decried the fact that Al Jefferson DIDN'T make a "deserved" all star slot noting his improved defense and rating his the 4TH BEST CENTER in the NBA just behind Cousins and just ahead of Marc Gasol...
    And now back to the latest in the coaching search and the never ending quest to someday get "talent" that could "somehow compete" in the playoffs...

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 15, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Adrian is their first interview and they are going to try out their questions on him so they don't sound silly when they interview a candidate with qualifications.

    The name Stockton should not be brought up again in this paper as he has told the Jazz he has zero interest in coaching their team. Sadly some fans think because he was a typical Sloan player and did well in SLC that he will somehow morph into a good coach.

    First of all most teams and fans are not living more than a decade in the past, the Jazz fans hold onto the good old years more than Chicago holds onto Jordan and Phil Jackson and they won it all more than once.

    Karl Malone as a big man coach this year was abysmal. Michael Jordan as a coach was ridiculous as was Isiah Thomas and Larry Bird one of the greatest almost hit mediocrity before he bailed on coaching.

    Did anyone ever hear of Poppovich winning a title as a player? He seems without peer as a coach. Back to Adrian and if he is as good as Lindsay can find I am sdisappointed.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    May 15, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    JOHN STOCKTON. He was a great player, loyal to one team, a gentleman. We need a John Stockton!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    May 15, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Maybe our friend from Richfield can explain how a player's skill level translates into being a good head coach. His description of a middle-of-the road NBA player with no head coaching experience describes Phil Jackson when elevated to the Chicago head coaching position exactly. I'm also pretty sure people would have frothed at the mouth had the Jazz landed Steve Kerr, a middle-of-the-road NBA who has absolutely no coaching experience of any kind.

    Of course, it is so easy to call for John Stockton despite the fact that nobody knows if he even wants the job. He likes his privacy (imagine a post-game press conference with Coach Stockton), and has never expressed interest in another full-time gig.

    Furthermore, let's not assume they are hiring Griffin anyway. He is evidently their first interview - I think they will probably talk to a bunch of potential hires - including St. John. I'm not worried.

  • Concinnity Richfield, UT
    May 14, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    I would hope from the Corbin experience that Jazz management would learn the folly of hiring former middle of the road NBA players who have no head coaching experience. It's possible they might succeed, but the odds aren't in their favor.

    It's much better to hire a proven winner... either as an outstanding NBA player (such as John Stockton or Jeff Hornacek) or someone who has already proven himself as a productive head coach. Jazz management didn't do that last time and the results weren't good. Let's not go down that same road again.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    Obviously don't know much about Griffins ability to lead players but at least we know he has been in a system that actually holds accountability on defense and knows how to enforce it amongst players.

    One needs to look no further than the $75 million towel waver named Boozer on the Bulls bench at the end of games. All too often they can't put their big $ player on the floor because he can't/wont defend. That is putting your money where your mouth is.

    That is defense that lives up to the billing.

    Speaking of Boozer...he might get amnestied. Te-he-he-he!

    Karma baby!