I think the Jazz have three intriguing well qualified candidates on their list.
They also have Jim Boylen on the list.
Fired for a losing record? Sounds like Corbin to me..He was
replaced in Phoenix by a rookie head coach who then took the a winning season.
I would think the team would rather have a rookie head coach than a guy who has
shown for years he does not know how to make a team win.Come on Jazz
this guy took a team twice in 12 years to the playoffs, and once as an interim
coach. George Karl takes his team every year to the playoffs, and was coach of
the year. What about Jeff Van Gundy or other better coaches? Has there even
been a contact made?In order for the Jazz to really take the league
they are going to have to get their bigs to play both ends of the floor. Pat
Ewing would be great for them and he is available.I am thinking
there are plenty of coaches available who would be better than Gentry who is a
nice guy but not the driver, killer, leader the Jazz need to coach the team.
The draft is 3 weeks away and they are still interviewing candidates? There can
be no other reason than the Jazz still have Jim Boylen in the running for the
job.To which I have to say an emphatic, "No!"There are too many other qualified candidates for the Jazz to take the chance
of alienating thousands of Ute/Jazz fans (like me). Bringing Boylen back to the
site of his college disaster would not be a prudent decision. No matter how much
he has changed, I do not want to see him hired as the Jazz head coach.
Jim Boylen would be a great coach. Have you ever heard him speak to a private
group of people. I have and I was impressed. He knows his stuff and is an
intelligent, funny, and demands discipline type of guy. You only see what the
media portrays, try getting to know him on a little bit more personal level
behind closed doors where the media cant spin things. I love his
quotes, "Ball didn't go in the hoop". and " nice of you to show
up". I love blunt type guys who tells it how it is. Nobody
would be successful at the U of U, it wasn't his fault. I hope
they hire him. Go Boylen.
Boylen couldn't produce a winning season at Utah, Why would the Jazz even
Because U of U didn't have any talent (which is never surprising). The Utah
Jazz do have young and upcoming talent. With the right players and
right system Boylen will be great, U of U was the wrong system with no players.
Common sense always prevails.
Hey Staythecourse, "blunt type guys"? sounds like Jerry Sloan and Greg
Popovich. Also the most successful people have failed at first, swalled their
pride, humbled themselves, learned from their mistakes, learned from others and
thrived. I am not saying Boylen is the guy or should be but he has
been working as an assistant for a team and with a coach who has taken their
team to the finals twice in a row against the Miami heat.Jerry Sloan
amassed a 94-121 record with the Bulls before becoming an assistant with the
Jazz from 85-88.I would say at least give Boylen an opportunity! He
may have learned something that may benefit an NBA team.
I can see the point that Jim Boylen might actually be a better pro coach than a
college coach. For college you almost need a mentor/babysitter/fun
teacherFor pros you almost need a ceo/tyrant/no-nonsense bossThat
being said...I'm still not sure I would bring Boylen back to the atate of
Jazz management should have 2 basic requirements as a minimum... neither of
which our last coach had. 1) They should insist on a candidate who has
head coaching experience. 2) They should seek a candidate who has a
winning record while acquiring that head coaching experience. Outside of those 2 minimum requirements, there are tons of potential
candidates, all very unproven. Management chose the unproven route last time and
got nowhere. Let's not make the same mistake again. If I had a
vote in this process (which obviously I don't), I would go with either
Snyder or Messina. Both are proven winners with impressive head-coaching
experience. Both are defensive gurus. Both are exceptional regarding their X and
O knowledge of professional basketball. And both are respected leaders in the
basketball world. It's time for Jazz management to learn from
past mistakes and move on. The sooner the better. The team head coach should be
intricately involved in the upcoming draft decisions. He can't be when we
don't have one.