Spurs assistant Jim Boylen is still the favorite to land the job, but we’ve seen a few interesting names pop up in the Jazz coaching search:
Ettore Messina, the legendary European coach now the head coach of CSKA Moscow is one. Mike Longabardi, a current top Suns assistant coach who was with Doc Rivers in Boston is another. Steve Kerr and Lionel Hollins are long shots, but when compiling a list of potentials why not throw a long shot or two on the list?
Now Marc Stein of ESPN throws out another name — Quin Snyder.
NBA coaching sources have identified another prime candidate for the Utah Jazz opening: Hawks assistant Quin Snyder
Snyder likely gets a look for more than one head coaching job this summer.
The Jazz need someone they can count on long term, someone good at player development. They have good young players such as Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke, plus a high draft pick in this upcoming draft (they have a 10.4 percent chance of the top pick in the lottery and if things follow form they would have the No. 4 pick overall). They need a coach who can develop and mold that talent into a team.
The Jazz are a patient, deliberate organization. Expect them to treat this coaching search that way. They will not rush for the sake of rushing.
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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.
This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.
The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.
Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.