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Report: Jazz finalizing contract with Quin Snyder

Jun 6, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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Eight years ago, Quin Snyder was fired by the University of Missouri. Losing too much, hit by NCAA sanctions and dogged by rumors of off-court partying, Snyder saw his image hit rock bottom.

Slowly but surely, he’s rebuilt his stock.

He coached in the D-League, as an NBA assistant and then overseas. He returned to the NBA this season as an assistant with the Hawks, and he impressed the Jazz. As Utah’s lengthy coaching search progressed, Snyder rose to the top.

All the way to the top.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Snyder, who played at Duke, is bright – targeting Messina shows that. But he’ll have his work cut out for him in Utah.

The Jazz have plenty of young talent – Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, Alec Burks and Rudy Gobert still on their rookie contracts, and Gordon Hayward will be a restricted free agent. But their roster is very unrefined.

Snyder might be the teacher who moves the franchise forward. His D-League and college experience gives him plenty of experience working with raw players.

And maybe he now has the perspective to handle this trying job.

It’s been a long road back for Snyder. He’s earned this.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Good choice…

  2. dante170 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Underwhelming IMO. Would have preferred a head coach with NBA experience.

  3. saint1997 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Big question is – what will the Jazz do with their pick? It’s looking like the only options around their slot are centres and power forwards. They may have to hope for Marcus Smart and that he’ll mesh with Burke. Utah to me seems like a team that would really compete if they had 1 big star to revolve around. They have a strong frontline, a good shooter and a good distributor, but they need that x-factor.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      They pretty much got talent in every single position, so whoever they draft should be the best available. And you’re right, if they had one big star player, that team would be doing big things.

      • saint1997 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Yeah but would they really want a team with Favors, Kanter AND Vonleh (likely best talent at their pick)? Seems like a logjam of developing bigs that need minutes

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:22 AM

        @ saint

        Yeah, this is like one team that might actually benefit from trading the pick and getting a proven commodity. That or they can get, like you said Vonleh and see how he turns out and use Favors as trade bait if Noah shows more promise. If Vonleh turns out to be a star then it’s cool. Favors looks like a nice piece but he isn’t unmovable for the right price, especially if there is a star in the making right behind him.

  4. mazblast - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    You forgot to face Durham and prostrate yourself when you mentioned almighty Duke. Don’t you know that we mere mortals are supposed to worship such divine beings?

    That said, I wish coach Snyder well. Perhaps he’s grown up enough to be able to handle being the #1.

  5. dolphindubs - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    What the hell is this?! This isn’t a Heat/Spurs related article. Save this crap for the offseason…

  6. JMClarkent - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    I prefer the selection over a Gentry-type (proven mediocre) and I love the idea of adding Messina to the staff.

    Corbin was killing me with his rotations!

  7. Nadeem - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Another coach from the Spurs/Pop tree! Before long, every coach will have some connection to the Spurs and NBA will be a wonderful place of pure basketball all over again.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      lol

  8. fmartinezslc - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Kanter is the likely player to be moved

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