Finally, some legit Jazz news!
According to the Deseret News, assistant coach Scott Layden is under consideration for the vacant assistant general manager position in San Antonio. The position opened up after Utah hired Dennis Lindsey, or the former assistant San Antonio GM, to fill the void left by Jazz GM Kevin O’Connor, who gave up his role to focus on his job as Utah’s executive vice president of basketball operations.
Obviously nothing is set in stone yet.
Should Layden, who wasn’t interviewed for the available GM position in Utah despite having served as GM/President of the New York Knicks from 2001-2003, acquire the job his absence would leave room on the Jazz bench for another assistant manager (which kind of sucks if this current unit was gelling during the offseason).
I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but couldn’t you see John Stockton sliding in nicely next to former teammate Jeff Hornecek? And with Karl Malone supposedly mentoring Favors … I’m just saying! The whole gang would be back together! And then they’d go onto win a championship … and then Warner Bros. would make a movie about them … and … and … Too much? Yeah.
Still, this is intriguing news. Layden’s pop is still a Utah Jazz landmark. To NOT see Layden during those awkward half-time interviews (where he’s forced to look directly into the camera whilst sporting an enormous headset) is kind of like not having cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. You need the damn stuff even if it never exactly tastes the way you expect.
We’ll keep you posted.