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Jazz so secretive, even father-son team employees won’t share information with each other

Jul 26, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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I’m a sucker for off-the-beaten path stories, and Doug Robinson of the Deseret News sure has one. The Jazz are probably the most secretive organization in the NBA, so Robinson asked them about their tight lips. After initially getting rebuffed with a “no comment” – ha! – Robinson details the culture of secrecy in Utah the best he can. Obviously, there’s only so much, by nature, Jazz personnel will reveal about their philosophy when it comes to leaks, but they were more forthcoming than I would have though.

This anecdote was definitely my favorite:

Brad Rock, the Deseret News sports columnist, once showed up at the office of Frank Layden, the Jazz president at the time, to inquire about the team’s draft plans.

“I don’t know anything about that,” he told Rock. “That’s Scott’s department and, honestly, he won’t tell me.”

That would be Scott Layden, the team’s general manager at the time — and Layden’s son.

Frank was joking.

I think.

  1. bifford - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Secretive about what? The obvious tanking next season? It’s not like the Jazz make trades. They let their two best players walk for nothing in return.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      here is another secret, the Jazz have 0 championships.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    With Scott Layden, you can’t rule out incompetence mascarading as secrecy.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    The Jazz need to be more open and upfront w each other bc the only secret they have is another losing season.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Are they mormons? All the LDS people I know are great at secret keeping.

  5. saint1997 - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I like what the Jazz have done. Don’t toil away in mediocrity – see what you have in Favors, Burke, Burks etc. and then next summer get a high pick and boatloads of cap room.

    • JMClarkent - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Agreed. The worst thing they could have done were to pay Al and Milsap “cornerstone” money, thus stuck in mediocrity for the next 3-5 years. They shed salary, gained picks and can now develop their young talent – that is how you build a team in a small media market.

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