Since perhaps even before it was announced that Tyrone Corbin would not be back with the Utah Jazz next season, there was speculation on who would become the next head coach for the franchise. After Corbin was not re-signed, names that came out as possible coaches to fill the position include Jim Boylen, who is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. Mike Longabardi, who is currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. Also, European coaching legend, Ettore Messina.
As if Jazz fans weren’t already excited to see who the next head coach will be, the news that came out on Tuesday night should make Jazz fans doing cartwheels. Marc Stein of ESPN.com, broke a rumor that, at this point, is just that…..a rumor.
According to Stein, the Jazz are planning on trying to gauge interest from hall of fame Jazz point guard, John Stockton. The Jazz have already brought in the other half of the famous pick and roll duo, when they brought in Karl Malone to help be a “big man” coach for Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
However, according to the report, sources have said that the Jazz intend to at least pose the question about his willingness to move into coaching, but are mindful of Stockton’s lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that Stockton does not like being in the spotlight.
Also, according to ESPN’s sources, the Jazz front office plans to sit down with a handful of coaching candidates at this week’s pre-draft combine. In April, Jazz president Randy Rigby announced that the Jazz would do an “exhaustive” search that would eventually feature over 20 candidates.
Whoever that the Jazz decide to hire, it will be the first higher for Dennis Lindsey since he took over for Kevin O’Connor as the leading decision maker in Utah.
Currently, there are six coaching vacancies in the NBA. The Jazz join the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Lakers. The Detroit Pistons were on this list, but they made a hire on Tuesday night to get Stan Van Gundy as their next head coach and also be in charge of their basketball operations.
A lot of fans would more than likely be thrilled to see Stockton back on the sidelines, and if he is going to be on ANY sidelines, it should be the Jazz’s. Stockton was the greatest point guard in NBA history, and you would assume that as a floor general, that he would be a good coach on the sidelines. However, the coaching inexperience will be something that will be a concern, especially with the young core that is trying to be developed.