A few bits of news in Jazz Nation yesterday, and you can find all of that and more below in today’s edition of the “Morning Jazz”.
Interesting names pop up in Utah Jazz coaching search (via NBCSports.com)
If you were betting on who will be the next Utah Jazz coach, the smart money goes on Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen (a former University of Utah coach). He comes from an environment that’s about building a culture, which is what they do in San Antonio. Plus Boylen has a very good relationship with Utah GM Dennis Lindsey.
But he’s not the only guy the Utah Jazz will speak to in finding a replacement for Tyrone Corbin, whose contract expired and he didn’t get a new one.
Which has led to some interesting names popping up in the conversation. Marc Stein of ESPN took to twitter to throw a European coaching legend’s name into the mix. (Continue reading here)
New coach must preach defense, teach youth (via SaltLakeTribune.com)
The Utah Jazz are hiring.
With the announcement Monday that Tyrone Corbin would not be coming back next season, the team is in its first full-fledged coaching search since moving to Utah in the late 1970s.
At the moment, the franchise is in the first stages of a process with no hard timeline. General manager Dennis Lindsey isn’t sharing his short list. In fact, he says he doesn’t even have one yet.
“Literally we haven’t had one conversation with regard to names and criteria.”
But in his quest to find the person to lead the Jazz into the next step of their rebuilding, Lindsey is in search of someone with a number of characteristics. (Continue reading here)
No timeline set to find next head coach for Jazz (via DeseretNews.com)
In the aftermath of the Utah Jazz’s decision to not renew Tyrone Corbin’s contract, two relevant questions are being asked by fans, media, the NBA community and even members of the organization.
1. Who will the franchise hire to be the fifth head coach since the Jazz moved to Utah from New Orleans in 1979?
2. When will that employment transaction take place?
(We’ll leave a third, and perhaps more popular, question of “Will the Jazz draft Jabari Parker?” for another story.)
Though general manager Dennis Lindsey used the word “timeline” on multiple occasions during Monday’s press conference, it was usually to declare that the Jazz don’t have a definitive one for the new coach search.
The closest Lindsey came to predicting a hiring date was when he relayed what the front office told the Miller ownership group: “However long it takes to get the best man in the seat.”
However long it takes, the Jazz are clearly in unchartered territory. (Continue reading here)
And one bit of NBA Draft news, since that is coming up rather quickly.
Utah Jazz prospect, Julius Randle, declares for NBA Draft (via Examiner.com)
Though the decision to enter NBA Draft 2014 took weeks longer than most people had expected, Kentucky forward Julius Randle announced he would turn pro on Tuesday, April 22. That decision should make the Utah Jazz–and other NBA teams–happy, since Randle is projected to be a top five lottery pick.
At 6-foot-9-inches tall and 250 pounds, Randle is a load inside for being just 18 years of age. The native of Dallas, Texas was considered by many to be the best among Kentucky’s stellar freshman class this past season–a class loaded with McDonald’s All-Americans–and Randle certainly didn’t disappoint anyone. (Continue reading here)
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