Why the Utah Jazz should keep head coach Quin Snyder under contract

The Jazz could blow it up with Quin Snyder.

They have already moved in this direction.

It’s a shame. More than that, it’s competitively stupid.

It’s time for them to back off – in a hurry.

By way of full disclosure here, I’ll admit up front that I like Snyder. I asked him every conceivable question about basketball and he answered. I love him personally and professionally. More importantly, I respect him.

During his eight years at Utah, the coach was not perfect. Who is? This, however, is what he was and is – better at what he does than anyone else tied to the Utah Jazz.

Not sure about this?

Name five NBA coaches better than Snyder. Come on, let’s wait. … still pending … still pending.

You can definitely name five better players than anyone on the Jazz, five better owners, maybe five better executives. Snyder is undoubtedly at an exclusive club, like one of the elites plying his trade.

He loaded a team with a winning culture that needed it when he arrived. He built a hold into the best defense in the NBA, then built a hold into the best offense in the league.

Who do this ? Almost nobody.

He kept a team together even when that team was burping and suffering from a lot of distractions. Everything from the loss of assistants and slicking, new ownership and troubled management, to personality clashes between players and dealing with the outbreak of a global disease for which his guys have been blamed.

Does this sound like someone you would like to see go?

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) lr Danny Ainge, Utah Jazz CEO of Basketball Operations and Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder speak on the sidelines before Game 6 of the first round playoff series of the 2022 NBA against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

Snyder could stay here and thrive here, win here, win big here. Despite a cloud of rumors, his tenure in Utah must not end. Not now. It could last another eight years or eight plus eight years.

But with new people in key roles with the Jazz, including Ryan Smith, Dwyane Wade and Danny Ainge, the team leaders that Snyder holds in high regard, and with an obsolete environment remaining of those who had filled equally important roles before, it was said that maybe Snyder should walk, might walk. Not the board, just out the door.


On the Jazz side, there is no compelling reason. At the coach, there is an opportunity elsewhere.

Contrary to reports, Snyder did not turn down an extension offer from Jazz. He and the team last summer agreed, with so many changes at the club, to postpone discussions about his future to an indefinite later date.

It could still end up going either way. Speculation that the matter is already decided or largely decided is incorrect; instead, it still spins like a Wilson tossed up in the air.

Jazz general manager Justin Zanik rightly said in his post-elimination press conference the other day that Snyder was one of the best coaches in the league. and there is no one he would rather partner with in the Jazz’s continued pursuit of an NBA championship.

Well yeah.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is… confused.

The fact that Snyder hasn’t coached a league-top jazz team during his seasons at the helm has little to do with his own shortcomings. It’s much more about who and what Jazz managers have given him to work with.

Red Auerbach could not have coached this team more successfully than Snyder.

It’s easy for some observers — especially those who work in front of a microphone or camera as carnival barkers — to simply watch, in black and white, the Jazz’s playoff results from Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell arrived in Utah and point the finger directly at Snyder as responsible for their failure.

It doesn’t make the right settings. He is not demonstrative enough. He uses the wrong rotations. His judgment in specific situations needs to be improved.

Anyone who has watched the Jazz up close knows different.

Is he sometimes wrong? Yeah.

Does he make mistakes regularly? No.

Take the example of the Jazz’s last playoff loss.

In the series against the Mavs, the Jazz wanted to shoot 3, as they have for seasons now. Dallas has strong perimeter defenders and that has complicated some of the Jazz’s attempts at depth. But there were also plenty of open looks available, looks that were created by the Jazz, but just didn’t convert.

They shot nine percent below their drain average on all 3 catches and shots, while the Mavs shot seven percent above their average on the same shots.

The so-called “expected score”, based on average shooters making shots, taking into account the quality of the shots (how open the shooters are), the Jazz would have beaten Dallas, four games to two.

They didn’t, but that wasn’t because the plan was bad.

How Game 6 Ended was emblematic of the entire series, and therefore, the elimination of the Jazz: A winning 3 taken – and missed – by a reliable shooter (Bojan Bogdanovic), a game cleverly designed by Snyder. The shot comes in, everything is great. The shot slams on the rim, all goes wrong, the Jazz lose and Snyder failed as a coach, right?


The Jazz embraced his strength. What else should they have done with the players they had?

Overall, this is not a case of a team being routinely overloaded with a star-studded group and the coach getting in their way, or fumbling and clumsy. This is a team with a few limited and evolving stars, underpinned by a group that hasn’t been good enough to make up the difference between the level of Mitchell and Gobert and the level of the stars they competed against in the playoffs.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder talks to his coaches during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks , on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

When it became apparent the Jazz needed more, after finishing with the league’s best regular season record last year and then being ousted by the Clippers in the playoffs, management came out and added … who? … Rudy Gay, an elderly and injured player, Eric Paschall, Danuel House and Juancho Hernangomez. Was it supposed to make a huge difference?

Sure, the Jazz were in a tough spot with their finances, with so much money already tied up in their roster, but that wasn’t Snyder’s fault. Some outsiders might believe the coach has all kinds of power when it comes to personnel decisions, but there are egos and work assignments involved with executives exercising their own opinions and power within most organizations. .

Jazz was and is no different.

Snyder will not publicly blame anyone else for his teams’ failures, even though he knew those failures were not his. You should open the trainer’s mind to discover all this, and if you did, you still could not make a brilliant discovery in this regard.

From my point of view, the Jazz have made some good moves, as well as errors of judgment and ego by and among some of them lately, passing on some decisions that have not given the team a competitive advantage. . Again, no one is perfect.

Like any coach worth their salt, what Snyder has always wanted with the Jazz is a combo of two things: support from those around him and a chance to have a team assembled in front of him that he could build something better than it already was. . By my reckoning, he doesn’t even care as much as you’d expect to win games.

It’s fine, it’s just not – sorry, Vince – all or the only thing.

Of course Snyder wants to win a championship, he’s determined to do that. But he never talks about it. What he is talking about is daily, monthly and yearly improvement. Get the most out of your players because they form a team whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In some ways, Snyder is more Aristotle than Gregg Popovich.

If the Jazz parted ways with the coach-philosopher, other suitors would line up to employ him. Already are. That’s the obvious other half of this thing. Does Snyder want to stay in Utah?

I have been asked this question a thousand times. And my answer is always: Shit, I don’t know. It could go either way.

Here’s the truth: even Snyder doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do.

If I were Smith and/or Wade, not only would I shell out the reasonable amount of money I needed to keep Snyder where he is, but I’d do it with an attitude that shows the coach not that he would be given piles of power and control here, rather than being sought here, valued here, listened to here, supported here, and that, in my limited opinion, would be enough to keep him here. Especially if there’s this sensible plan in place to bounce the thing off.

If some players, no matter what they say outwardly, don’t easily like or listen to Snyder, or are fed up with him, that situation needs to be rectified from the top down, not the bottom up.

The telling question: Is there a smarter, better, more capable and skilled coach who could lead the Jazz – in whatever form it takes – to greater heights than Snyder?

The answer to that is…a resounding no.

So the answer to the biggest problem is easy.

The Jazz should do everything they can to retain Snyder, making it 100% clear to everyone that he is theirs and they are his.

The Jazz fell short of their goal. It can be healed and overcome. But for the sake of the team, the full override and healing should begin immediately… like, now.

The report is over.

Make quin Snyder an offer he can’t refuse.

And make sure he knows you know he knows it’s not a death threat.

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