Morning Jazz 04-25-14

Hopefully you have gotten a chance to check out our NBA Playoffs coverage here at Purple and Blues. We have had game recaps and previews daily for all the playoff games to keep you updated. Although the playoffs have taken over all basketball fans televisions, we still have a little bit of Utah Jazz related news floating around the internet. Here is a quick list of the best from the past 24 hours.

Coaching Profile: Ettore Messina (via

Ever since the Utah Jazz decided not to renew the head coaching contract of Tyrone Corbin on Monday, there has been a lot of speculation about who will replace him on the sidelines next season. One of the most intriguing names that has come up is Ettore Messina, who is a coaching legend in Europe.

We are going to be bringing you coaching profiles on all the candidates until we have a coach lined up. Today, we start with Messina and look a little closer at his coaching history. (Continue reading here)


Rookie Round Table: Utah Jazz rookies recap their first season (via

The 2013-14′ NBA regular season has been in the books now for a little over a week. Last Thursday, the Utah Jazz did their annual locker ream clean out, where they emptied out the lockers and got a chance to talk to the local Jazz media one more time before heading into the off season.

For guys like Trey BurkeRudy Gobert, and Ian Clark, they weren’t just finishing up another season, they were finishing up their rookie season in the NBA. With a lot of ups and downs for the team this year, how would the rookies react to their first season? (Continue reading here)

2014 NBA Draft: Need vs Best Available (via

The same question comes up every year, should a team draft on need or should they take the best player available?  This is part 1 of 2.  The next article will actually go inside the numbers of teams that have picked on need compared to best available.

We all know the argument and have heard the examples (Bowie over MJ, Darko over Melo Wade and Bosh, and the latest Thabeet over Harden Rubio and Curry).  So really is their an argument on what teams should do?

Here’s my take:  Top 5 pick best available and after top 5 pick based on need. (Continue reading here)


Five areas Utah Jazz must upgrade or improve this off season (via

If there’s a self-help book specifically written for NBAorganizations, the Utah Jazz might have just gone through the first chapter: starting a rebuild.

The moves made last offseason to provide financial flexibility for the future led to a 25-57 record in 2013-14—the third-worst in franchise history and the worst since 1981-82.

Now on to the second chapter: upgrading.

This summer, the Jazz can use some of the salary-cap space they freed up to re-sign Gordon Hayward and extend young assets Enes Kanter and Alec Burks.

They also have two first-round draft picks, including one in the lottery that has a 10.4 percent chance of becoming the No. 1 overall selection.

With that said, perhaps the most immediate upgrade will come by way of a coaching change, as Tyrone Corbin will not return to the position for next season. (Continue reading here)


Is former U of U coach, Jim Boylen, the right fit to lead the Jazz? (via

If you believe the rumors, Jim Boylen is coming back to Utah.

The failed former University of Utah basketball coach is on a short list – at or near the top, apparently – of candidates to replace Tyrone Corbin as head coach of the Utah Jazz.



Well, at least if you believe in rumors.

At this point it’s all conjecture, just a bunch of breathless media speculation and talk radio fodder that began earlier this week, seconds after the Jazz announced they were splitting up with Corbin. (Continue reading here)


That is all for today’s segment. Be sure to check back with us tomorrow for another edition of the “Morning Jazz”. Also, be sure to stick with Purple and Blues as we bring you NBA Playoff coverage for all the playoff games around the league.

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