Get a coach first and not Alvin Gentry.
Choices aplenty? Yeah, it's called conspiracy theory leftovers again. The
draft lottery has defied mathematics the last 20 years.
The Jazz need someone who can play defense (Aaron Gordon) or a coach who can get
everybody else to play defense...preferably both.
In my opinion, the Jazz should draft the player with the most upside. I think
Noah Vonleh would have the most potential and athleticism to bring to the table.
While it is true the Jazz may have to shake up it's lineup, there is the
possibility of obtaining a stretch 4 and defender with this pick. Trade
possibilities would be an option after the pick and maybe we could get a young
guard as well. I see very positive outcomes for it's future if the Jazz
play it right. This is a good position to be in.
I love to see the picture of KOC watching the workouts, or even Lindsay and Walt
Perrin talking about the picks and players etc. Problem is none of those men
will be on the bench this season.If you were a player and came to
Utah to work out would you be impressed with stories of 13 years ago of Stockton
to Malone? And as a young prospect you get invited to play for ...."well we
really don't have a coach but we have great fans"...the
players might be interested to know if they will be playing a half court offense
or if they will be playing an upbeat run and gun or if they are going to be
playing in a triangle adaptation style offense, I would like to know.If you pick a coach like Dantoni you will need different players than a Mark
Jackson type coach. does the Jazz admin understand that? Jerry is gone from the
bench and so the style of players that he and KOC might have chosen are not
relevant anymore...somebody should tell the GM to do his job and get a coach
Get a coach...Nate MacMillan, George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick
Adeleman (too bad it'll most likely be a couple of years before he'll
come out of retirement), Lionel Hollins, Terry Porter, Byron Scott and probably
a whole lot more former head and assistant coaches could be in the mix. Even
Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Patrick Ewing want coaching jobs. With so many to choose
from, why don't we hear about them contacting any of them? These NBA Execs
seem to be so narrow minded. How can all of these great possibilities just sit
out there with silent phones?
@Doug10From what vast NBA experience in your back ground leads you to
believe you understand what the Jazz need better than the Jazz administration. I
get a kick listening to all the sage advice coming from people sitting on their
couch watching NBA on television. I'm pretty sure the Jazz brass know they
need to hire a coach and they are trying to take the time needed to find the
best choice. Of all the other teams hiring coaches this off season I think the
Warriors are the only team to have hired a coach so why all the criticism over
the Jazz selection process. For all we know they may have plans to talk to some
assistants that are still involved in the playoffs. Also, if players decide they
don't want to play here I'm sure it has a lot more to do with the
small market we're in and not the quality of the organization. I've
heard many "experts" from around the NBA say the Jazz are one of the
best run organizations in the league.
@Americanvet.Doug10 has the right idea. Jazz management appears to want
to interview hasbeens like Gentry while Rome burns. There are plenty of bright
young possiibles out there. These young players need help, not another Corbin.
Jazz management was impressive last year when they did some trading and ended up
getting the NCAA Player of the Year (Burke) who is also now a first-team NBA
All-Rookie player. At this point, there's no reason to believe they
won't make the best of what cards they've recently been dealt by the
unseen basketball gods. From everything I've read, Lindsey has
a solid long-term plan that will take a few years to implement. He was trained
by the hands-down best organization in the NBA (San Antonio). What options are
available and what choices are then made will truly be very interesting... both
in regards to a new coach and the upcoming draft. Let's also throw-in an
interesting free-agency period (with lots of funds to spend) coming up. The next few months will likely set the foundational stage for years to
come for the Jazz. Personally, I'm still very optimistic and with solid
confidence in upper Jazz management. So far (in the short time Lindsey has been
here), they've given no reason not to be.
@RichieEveryone can agree that the Jazz need a new coach that can train
and motivate young players and stress the need to play defense. Most also agree,
including myself that Corbin was not that guy. But I can't agree with
people critical of Jazz management because they are interviewing a coach that
all the arm chair quarterbacks around here don't think is suited for the
job. Gentry's name gets mentioned and it's like a mutiny is rising.
The Jazz will probably interview a dozen guys so can't we hold back the
criticism until they make their final selection? I'm pretty sure they want
the right man for the job as much as the rest of us. Be prepared that like
everything else, the brightest stars will probably not come to Utah and
it's possible some of the coaches everyone wants have already declined to
interview with the Jazz. There is so much that goes on that the general public
is not privy to.
Gentry has a record of losing. He may get an interview but I seriously doubt he
will come out on top.Lindsey and O'Conner have a track record
of try to make sound long term decisions. I mean they got rid of Corbin
didn't they? Everyone agreed with that.Lets see what happens.
If they hire Boylen or some other proven loser then we can bash them.I think they want a team that plays uptempo but at the same time has a
commitment to defense. The Spurs used to be the most boring team on the planet.
They have adapted and now plant 2-3 players out ready to bomb threes and may
win a championship this year because of a good mix of exterior and interior
offense.I don't think Jazz management wants an unsellable
product. They want something that appeals and has equal emphasis with some
defense so you can actually have a chance to win something. They are looking
for a coach to strike that balance and whether they are here before or after the
draft the goal will be to have talented pieces that complement one another.
Nobody's talking about who they really ought to be looking at as their top
pick. With the Jazz being dead last in backcourt stats last year, they really
need an outside threat. McDermott of Creighton would be the best fit for them
IMOP. He reminds me of a Mark Price of a Steve Kerr sort of player or most
recently a Kyle Korver type who can bring them decent defense and a killer
outside shot which would take pressure off from the inside game. Jazz fans
still remember what a Jeff Hornacek brought to the team of Jazz past and I think
McDermott is the right guy to fill that void.
Jazz need to seriously look at taking McDermott as their top pick. With the Jazz
backcourt dead last in stats last year, they really need to ramp up their
outside threat. This kid from Creighton can do that. He reminds me of a Mark
Price,Steve Kerr,Kyle Korver or Jeff Hornacek who would give them the outside
scoring they desperately need right now not to mention more leadership.
IMO, the Jazz should do everything in their power to move into the top three to
get Parker, Wiggins or Embiid. The Jazz have a lot of young talent, but they
don't have a superstar player and no team wins a championship without one.
The Cavs might be willing to trade the #1 pick for the #5 and a player of their
choice if they think they have any chance of luring back Lebron, since they need
more established players to fill in around him that are ready to compete. For
me, no one is off the table...Favors, Hayward, Burke, Burks, or Kanter. I like
all of them, but none of them are superstars and if the Jazz could land Jabari,
Embiid or Wiggins for the #5 + one of those players; I think the Jazz should do
it...even if they have to throw in additional sweetener like another draft pick.