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Report: Utah Jazz to reach out to John Stockton, see if he is interested in being coach

May 14, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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The Utah Jazz need a coach that knows how to develop young talent. They also need a coach who can help rebuild a winning culture in the organization.

Could John Stockton be that guy?

I’m not really sure he is — he would be a hit with fans but the NBA’s all time leading assist man has zero coaching experience — however the Utah Jazz are going to reach out to their legendary player and see if he has interest in being the team’s coach, reports ESPN.

The Utah Jazz, as part of a broad coaching search expected to feature some 20 candidates, plan to reach out to Jazz legend John Stockton to gauge whether he has any interest in the position, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told that Jazz officials intend to at least pose the question to the Hall of Fame guard about his willingness to move into coaching, while mindful of Stockton’s lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that he has long loathed the sort of spotlight associated with the job.

Again, I just do not see the fit. That’s not meant as a knock on Stockton, one of the great point guards to ever play the game and a guy with a fantastic basketball IQ. If he wanted to be a coach, he’d likely be very good at it. But is that what he wants? Does he just want to step in and be the head man at the NBA level right off?

Look for the Jazz to pull a respected assistant coach or maybe a college coach, again people who can help rebuild the foundation in Utah.

Spurs assistant and former University of Utah head coach Jim Boylen is the name you hear most often, but don’t be surprised if guys like Quin Snyder, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and others come up.

Nothing is going to happen quickly, GM Dennis Lindsey the Deseret News the team “getting closer to moving to the part where we’ll reach out.” They are not in a rush.

  1. hwatt - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    patrick ewing is pissed.

    • phillyguyindc - May 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      I am definitely curious why guys like Patrick Ewing who has been an assistant for a while now and Bill Laimbeer never get into these discussions and people like Steve Kerr do.

  2. unknownmonkey26 - May 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Jim Boylen would be atrocious for the Jazz to hire. He absolutely ruined the University of Utah’s basketball program when he left. They are still trying to recover from him.

    If he were to coach the Jazz, he would instantly have zero trust from the fan base.

  3. djshnooks - May 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Are there no real NBA coaches left now?

    Why are all these ex-players with absolutely no coaching experience getting coaching gigs? What a joke.

    And everyone wonders why the NBA is nothing like it used to be? It sucks.

    • spursareold - May 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      There’s a change going on now like in baseball 10-12 years ago. Advanced stats are making their way into the system. Most older coaches resist them. Enter new, younger coaches.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Many of the “real” NBA coaches used to be players….and everyone has to start somewhere. Mark Jackson is a great example: he was an ex-players with zero coaching experience and he did well. Spursareold also has a point about advanced stats and older coaches, as well.

    • asimonetti88 - May 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Yes, ex-players never used to get jobs! Think about real coaches like Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Lenny WIlkens, KC Jones, Bill Russell, Rudy Tomjanovich, Al Attles and Billy Cunningham!

  4. reesesteel23 - May 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM


  5. SBoy - May 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    This trend was started a while go and pathetically is building steam. It’s a joke. Yes, if I was Patrick Ewing or any other hard working assistant who has paid his dues for years I’d be pissed.

  6. glenuendo - May 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I’m a HUGE Jazz fan a loved watching Stockton and Malone play. Just don’t run out and offer him the damn job. They need someone that can help develop the talent. It’s a shame they let Hornacek go.

  7. ravenswhat - May 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He couldn’t be worse than Kidd. Talk about deer in the headlights.

  8. jollyjoker2 - May 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    they had a great coach and they punted him because he wouldn’t play mgmt., now they found out they can’t just put any talking head into place.

  9. JMClarkent - May 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Out of the field, I am interested in seeing what Ettore Messina can do. I think that a fundamental focused coach would fit well with the goals of the franchise.

  10. campcouch - May 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    At least the trend of reusing coaches is starting to end. Teams keep hiring guys who at the best get to round two and at the worst completely fail. Stockton has enough experience and IQ to organize and direct the team. I’m sure he could get a better product from them than Corbin. The Jazz are not on the verge of anything right now so why not. I mean,what player there is going to blow off John Stockton?

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