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Five Utah Jazz fan nightmares to fill coaching opening

Published May 7, 2014 5:38 pm

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The search for a new coach for the Utah Jazz seems to be anything but fast-tracked, so we asked one of our beat reporters, Tony Jones, to put himself in the shoes of Jazz fans.

We asked him to come up with the five nightmare coaches for Utah Jazz fans. He offers a variety of reasons for why each guy would not be a good fit for the Jazz. We even offer you the chance to weigh in on who you think would be the worst fit for the Jazz.

Here's Tony's list.

Mark Jackson

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If he hadn't clashed with John Stockton when he played for the Jazz late in his career, he may be the ideal candidate. Jackson, who was let go by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, is smart, relates to his players and squeezed the most out of a Warriors roster that almost upset the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Still, you can't clash with Stockton and be accepted as a coaching candidate in this town a decade later.

Jim Boylen

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Utah fans still remember the way Boylen almost burned the Utes program to the ground on his way out of Salt Lake City. Again it's sad because Boylen is arguably the best candidate for the Jazz coaching vacancy. He's a defensive wiz, knows the pro game and would work well with ownership and general manager Dennis Lindsey. Hiring him, however, would cause the Jazz to lose the news conference and lose it big. Just ask colleague Gordon Monson.

Scott Skiles

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He's a guy who wants to return to coaching, but one who doesn't fit at all with this roster. He knows how to coach small-market teams, but he is a retread, and the Jazz probably want to avoid that.

Mike D'Antoni

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Having just resigned from the Lakers, his teams score and score plenty. But despite being a big name, his last two jobs — New York and LA — have ended disastrously. And defense would be optional at best. That's not what Lindsey wants.

Mike Woodson

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He's certainly a big name and certainly on the market. But he lost his roster to a degree with the Knicks, and the Jazz would like someone with a fresher outlook.