Morning Jazz 04-29-14

If you’ve been keeping up with us here at Purple and Blues, you’ve seen that we have been covering a lot of the NBA Playoffs. Added to that, we have been trying to push out a lot of Utah Jazz content as well. Yesterday we had a few good articles about the Jazz put out, and keep an eye out today as we have a big day of content lined up for you. If you missed anything Jazz related from yesterday, you can check it all out here.

Coaching Profile: Quin Snyder (via

We did a “Coaching Profile” last week on the two more popular names on the list of coaching candidates to fill the Utah Jazz’s head coaching vacancy left by Tyrone Corbin. If you haven’t got a chance to read them, you can read Ettore Messina’s here, and you can read Jim Boylen’s here.

Another name that has recently come up in conversation is a name coach Messina is familiar with. The name is Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder. Snyder spent last season with Messina coaching CSKA Moscow.

Snyder isn’t a name that really comes out and grabs your attention. However, he has had a little bit of coaching experience. Snyder got his first head coaching job at the University of Missouri in 1999, where he coached for seven seasons and led the Tigers to a record of 128-96 (.571). In those seven seasons, they include four NCAA tournament appearances, and one of those appearances, making it all the way to the Elite Eight. (Continue reading here)

Season in review: Trey Burke (via

A solid pick up for the Utah Jazz with the 9th pick, Trey Burke has made it known that he can run this team.  Trey Burke is not explosive, but he manages the game at a very high level for a rookie.  He averaged 12.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3 rebounds in 32 minutes a game.  His best game  arguably came on the last night where he scored 32 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.  What he probably will be remembered for most is the game winning 3 he against against the Orlando Magic.

What was good:

As mentioned before, the way Trey carries himself is far ahead of most rookies.  He manages the game well and is very controlled.  He is vocal and he doesn’t ever let his emotions get out of whack.  He’s a competitor and he wants to win and get better.  His free throw shooting was 90.3% which is good for 3rd overall of players that shot at least 100 free throws during the season.  He was 2nd among rookies in assists and 7th among point guards in the NBA for his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.02.

What was not so good: (Continue reading here)

Diante Garrett wants to make Utah his NBA home (via

The feeling is familiar to Diante Garrett.

It is yet another offseason of uncertainty for Utah’s backup point guard. He is back in his hometown of Milwaukee, not knowing whether the Jazz intend to pick up the option on his contract for next year. He will work out with old neighborhood friends Wes Matthews and Dwight Buycks. He’ll wait for his agent to call and tell him whether he has a real NBA home for the first time, or if he needs to keep it moving.

“The team just told me to work hard through the summer,” Garrett said. “So I’ll be ready one way or another, whenever I get a call.”

This has been the story of Diante Garrett’s professional basketball life — a point guard looking to stick on a roster.

It was a little different this past season, however. Garrett played almost a full year with the Jazz, backing up Trey Burke, averaging 3.7 points and 1.8 assists per game. He’s had very good moments. Most will agree that he proved that he can play at the NBA level.

But has Garrett done enough to find his way back to Salt Lake City next year? A lot will depend on the coming months and what the Jazz roster will look like. (Continue reading here)

Jim Boylen is the Utah Jazz leading candidate (via

After the Utah Jazz decided not to keep head coach Tyrone Corbin, several candidates emerged, but one name, San Antonio Spurs’ assistant coach Jim Boylen, appeared to stand out ahead of the others.

According to Jody Genessy of The Desert News, Boylen is still the leading candidate.

Boylen joined the Spurs this season after previously serving as an assistant with the Michigan State Spartans (1987-1992 and 2005-2007), Houston Rockets (1992-2003), Golden State Warriors (2003-2004), Milwaukee Bucks (2004-2005) and Indiana Pacers (2011-2013). He was the head coach of the Utah Utes from 2007-2011. In four years as head coach of the Utes, Boylen went 69-60 overall and 32-32 in the Mountain West Conference with one tournament appearance. (Continue reading here)

The Ex-(Jazz) Factor left fans frustrated this year (via

“We knew when we jumped into the deep end of the rebuilding pool that there was going to be a lot of tough nights. We’re not going to skip it, we’re not going to trick it up. We’re gonna take our medicine like men.” – Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, Oct. 28, 2013.

The new front office quarterback was right, there were some tough nights last season. And, yes, the Jazz certainly did choke down a lot of bitter medicine, all in the name of getting worse before they (cross your fingers) get better.

The 25-win season was difficult, sure.

The mistakes were tough to watch, of course.

The growing pains were painful, obviously.

But Jazz loyalists who thought their pain would end with regular season wasn’t thinking about the Ex Factor. (Continue reading here)

Be sure to stay with Purple and Blues every day during the off season and keep up to date with all the best Utah Jazz content. Also, be sure to check out our NBA Playoff coverage every day throughout the playoffs. 

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