We need you John!
Stockton as the next Jazz coach?Nice to dream about, but highly
unlikely. There's just not much upside (or enough reasons) for Stockton to
take over the job.Keep John as a part-time coach for the Jazz
guards. It doesn't take up too much of his time and I'm certain
it's something he enjoys.
So the Jazz are preparing to gauge interest in 20 potential coaching prospects?
Preparing? They've been without a coach for nearly a month. Who's
running this organization? It seems to me that they should have been gauging
interest the minute Corbin was fired. Oh how I miss the great Larry H.
Two things for Jazz fans to think about before you lose total control of your
bodily functions over this "news":1. What evidence is there
that Stockton would be a good head coach? Great players don't always
(usually?) make great coaches. Stockton has zero head coaching experience at
any level - you really think his first job should be head coach in the NBA?
Anyone want to remind us what happened when Jason Kidd was a head coach?2. What makes you think Stockton would take the job anyway? He's
not stupid - do you really think he wants to work for this ownership? Talk
about setting yourself up to fail...
You realize if you hire Stockton you can't ever fire him.
Hire Stockton as head coach and Karl Malone as his lead assistant. I can't
think of a player in the league that wouldn't want to play and learn under
these two. Make it happen Jazz!!
The very first time a Deron Williams or a Raja Bell questioned his authority,
Stockton would walk. John knows his basketball; but he would make Jerry Sloan
look like a hugger.
First off as a huge Jazz Fan I feel the need to point out that Jason Kidd is
still currently a head coach and a very successful one so far! He won his very
first playoff series and had a very successful season considering he started the
season without his starting center! Also we should think of the good job of
coaching performed Jeff Hornacek as a new coach also a player. Although he does
have coaching experience he is still a good example of how former players can be
good coaches as these two individuals have actually proven that former players
can become good, if not great head coaches!
I don't see this happening. John is very involved with his kids sports here
in Spokane, and involved with Gonzaga Prep. Big difference between coaching 6th
grade AAU and the NBA. I have a lot of respect for John; always says Hi when you
see him out in public; just don't aak for an autograph. His book
"Assisted" is a great read.
Grasping for straws...
Brave Sir RobinSan Diego, CAWhat happened to Jason Kidd? Well as I
see it, he is in the second round of the playoffs right now, yeah they will lose
to the Heat, but I say that was pretty good for a first year.
Not grasping for straws, just a courtesy call.
They'd be better off hiring someone that wants to coach and has experience
like Mark Madsen. Stockton's coaching pedigree is Frank Layden and Jerry
Sloan. Unless John is going to coach a clone of himself and one of Karl I
don't know that he'd have the experience to do a great job.
Love Stockton as a player, but has no coaching experience. Nice story for the
media to "gin" up interest, but this will never happen.
Stockton left the NBA and has told nobody he wants to return and run a team.Karl Malone has done nothing for the team or league since hanging up his
sneakers years ago. This past season he was supposed to step up and help the
big men on the Jazz. Since Malone was not the head coach he does not have to
take responsibilty for Kanters anything goes in the key attitude.Let
old players ride into the sunset, they deserve it. Ask Micheal Jordan how he
did as a coach even thuogh his career absoultely eclipsed that of Stockton.This is newspaper fodder so the fans don't rise up and demand to
know why Stan Van Gundy can get hired by a lesser team than the Jazz and the
Jazz did not even call him.Your poor record you blame Corbin for and
your inability to get things done Mr. Lindsay is beginning to speak volumes
about your talent as a gm.The Jazz need a coach, at least then
someone would be in charge.
Shoot me now. They might as well randomly select a Jazz fan to coach this team.
I bet the people that think Stockton will be a good coach are the same ones that
thought Jimmer would be an All-Star. Jason Kidd had a losing record. If he was
coaching in the west they wouldn't have made the playoffs.
Bring back Jerry Sloan!!!
I don't think John will be interested, but I like the idea. I can't
believe NBA teams who keep hiring coaches who have been fired from three other
NBA teams. Why do they think they would do a better job just because they have
been a head coach before? We can get Mike Brown. He was just fired for the third
time in four years, he's got to be better than any other guy. Any other Van
Gundy brothers out there?
I loved John Stockton as a player and he might make a very good coach but Jazz
management dithers while Rome burns.
Nobody is going to agree to coach the Jazz while the Knicks, Lakers, and
Warriors are looking for coaches.
Not a huge Jazz fan but I loved Stockton growing up. Don't think he'll
be the coach but I might watch a few more games if he is.
Brave Sir RobinYou ask what qualifications John has as a Head Coach...You are correct that most great players are not good coaches... Michael
Jordan did not do a good job, nor Magic Johnson, etc... that is because they
knew "How" to play the game, but not necessarily "understand"
the game.John Stockton not only played the game, he
"Understood" the game. That is what made him so effective in the games
when his talent level was not up there in the area of say Michael Jordan.That is why Jerry Sloan, Greg Popavich are known as great coaches.. they
understands the game and how it is be played.
Jazz teams with John and Karl were elite offensive teams and executed other
teams to their deaths. Those teams were not elite defensive teams but very
average or slightly above.John and Karl just scored nearly every
time down the floor in the 4th Q. They did their best to get stops but they
were not as revered for that.Who knows if John haa any interest in
coaching. He still has a flip phone for petes sake. That doesn't sound
like anyone very tech savy, modern, or stats-driven to me.I doubt he
has any interest and given his complete goose-egg in terms of coaching
experience at this level...picking him to do it would be a complete
crap-shoot.Maybe he works maybe he doesn't but if he
doesn't....good luck with that discussion/PR of removing Stockton from
coaching.The more I type the less upside I see and diminished
likelihood of it happening.
There are finally some rumors circulating of someone besides Jim Boylen. Sports
Illustrated even suggested that Lionel Hollins may be interested if he
doesn't get the Golden State job.
I am a huge Stockton fan growing up...the guy is a family man...so i dont think
he'll be coaching any time soon...his focus right now is on his
kids...people here think that John wont be a good coach...i'd beg to
differ...i think he could be a great coach...but he needs to start off as an
assistant first....but John's basketball IQ is up there...remember when
Larry Bird coached Indiana...and went to the ECF in straight years...but john
being far from basketball right now might be a disadvantage...but i think its
like riding a bike...once he gets used to it...it'll all come back
John Stockton would be a great coach. He was a great player, a great father,
and a great person. I have the utmost respect for him and would love to see him
coach the Utah Jazz!
Love Stockton and think he would be a fantastic assistant coach...But Stockton only played for 1 coach as a player, and he only played in 1
system as a player, and he played in an era LOOONG before advanced
analytics...I like Stockton for player motivation, teaching,
analysis... but to be in charge of the whole system? This game has changed a TON
since Stockton was competing for a championship. He'd be a dinosaur in
Brave sir Robin, your right now all great players make good coaches, in fact a
lot of the great ones don't, but the one's who end up being good have
some things in common. First of all they really know the game, and in many
cases didn't become great at basketball because of great athleticism, they
succeeded because they had to be smarter. IE Larry Bird was a good coach, Mark
Jackson has been a good coach, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Carlisle, etc. All
these players were good players but not what you'd call athletic. And your
Kidd, it's his first year and he is getting better. Oh yeah and I forgot
Hornacek in that group. The fact is Stockton know's the game and is one of
those people who commits and puts everything into, so even though it's not
an exact science I could see him being a good coach. Now with that being said I
think it's highly unlikely he'll do it :).
What a dumb idea. The worse part is this shows the Jazz has ZERO clues about
who to go after. All this does it get the non-basketball Jazz fan (event goers)
excited about a name they can recognize.Stockon has NEVER coached. He
might be ok to bring in to show pointers, but as a coach.. get real. Hornacek
paid his dues learning his profession. That coupled with his pro experience has
made him a very good coach.
I would like to see Stockton coach. I think a lot of people would. It would
probably boost Jazz TV game ratings too, and draw more people to games.
We are all wasting time. Lindsey has coach picked but he has to cover the bases.
That would be awesome to see John at the helm and the article is correct, it is
going to take quite a convincing luring pitch to convince a very private person
to assume one of the most main stream media scrutinized jobs out there.