Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

Report: Hawks assistant Quin Snyder in mix for Jazz job, too


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.

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.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

Leave a comment

Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

DeMarcus Cousins

Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.