I still like Jeff Van Gundy as a candidate for the next Jazz head coach. He has
always been a defensive minded coach--and was a mentor for Tom Thibodeau, Steve
Clifford and Mike Longabardi--who have also all had success in the NBA. He had
a winning record with two different teams (New York and Houston) and went to the
finals at least once with New York. He is in his early 50s, so he still has a
lot in his tank age-wise. And finally, I just really enjoy listeningt o him
talk about basketball. My one reservation--it seems that he "burned
out" coaching basketball at Houston, and if he came back to coach the Jazz
he might just "burn out" again in a couple of years, kind of like Doug
Collins did (first with Chicago and then with Philadelphia).
I'll give anyone the Jazz hire the benefit of the doubt, except for Jim
Boylen. He destroyed any good will he had (in Utah) when he left my beloved Ute
basketball program in shambles. A disaster from which the team is just now
starting to recover.The Jazz don't need a public relations
Draft dumbie listed two names I think the world of...Jeff Van Dundy and Doug
Collins...I was a fan of Collins as a player. He played the game with every
ounce of energy he possessed....and I too enjoy Van Gundy's dialogue when
he's commenting on TV games.Assuming, though, that these two guys are
still "burnt out" on coaching, I looked around for a good while before
settling on Chip Engelland, who is currently an assistant with the Spurs.He was a ball boy under John Wooten at UCLA, a California high school star, a
four year letterman under Coach K at Duke...Had a pro career in the Phillipines,
then later was an assistant to George Karl at Denver...He's been an
assistant under Popovich in San Antonio for the past 7-8 years...His specialty
is as a "shooting coach".
LaBron, Shaq and Barkley all said "The NBA is a black league..." so
don't you have to hire a "black" man?
Jimmer Fredette. He understands the value of the three, and he could put
himself in whenever he wants. That's probably the only way he'll be
able to show his stuff.
I don't know why y'all are havin such a time over the new Jazz coach.
If ya cain't git Stock cause he's scared of leavin home, get Manu
Ginobili - he's a Hall a Fame winner who has learned from the best and has
fire in his belly. Just what the young Jazz need.
Stockton or Hornacek - they both were loyal players to the Jazz. I don't
know why we didn't pick up Jeff when they had he chance. Maybe if the Jazz
drafts John's son we might have a chance. I don't know if Malone
is in the running or not. But any one of these great men would be good.
Gee-whiz. Of course the Jazz are going hire...whoever they choose. I like Nate
MacMillan, he would do a good job there. Terry Porter could be a very good hire.
George Karl would also be great. There are so many out there, but my prediction
is that it will be a guy with no head-coaching experience, NBA or College.
He'll come from the ranks of the assistants. Possibly even from the college
level. He'll be cheap, and if he doesn't succeed with the Jazz,
he'll become the next Ute head coach.
Agree with Porlander, Nate MacMillan should certainly be considered.
How about someone who hasn't been talked about, with 8 years of experience
as an assistant coach, strong resume as an offensive mind, and a former Jazzman
to boot? He would teach this group how to flow better offensively,
and build a strong staff around him. He's much more ready for this than
John or Karl, and probably more than the European guy that DesNews keeps
quacking about. Only the big names would have a better shot, and the odds of
getting McMillan, Karl, Van Gundy, etc. are probably slim. But this guy knows
Utah and it would be the 'prodigal son returns' of sports stories.
Just something to think about. Adrian Dantley.
Let's get away from the ex-ball player thing. It usually doesn't
work. The obvious and proven coach is Jeff Van Gundy. No
Lets play owner and hire a GM who saw this coaching change coming and made some
quick and insightful decisions and had a coach on hand for the draft.Karl Malone coached the bigs this past season and they were not great or even
good. Stockton knows what it takes to caoch and if he had that he would be
here. Stop bringing up the past.Stan Van would be outstanding but
his comfort zone now is in the booth Doug Collins would hit it out of the park.
Jackson as unpalatable as it sounds would do wonders for the program, imagine
the Jazz with 50 wins last season. George Karl might not do well in the
playoffs but he has been coach of the year and each year his teams make it to
the playoffs.Any of these men are better than ....... well whoever
Dennis has hired thus far.