There’s plenty of clouds in the sky in Salt Lake City on Thursday, so we’re going to go daydreaming about the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz have been in the market for a coach since deciding against bringing back Tyrone Corbin last month. We asked NBA beat reporter Tony Jones on Wednesday to put himself in the shoes of Jazz fans and come up with the five guys who would give Jazz fans nightmares if they were hired to replace Corbin. He did a fantastic job.
Well if you’ve had the bad, how about the good?
Tony offers his half dozen guys who would provide plenty of reasons to smile if the Jazz somehow could land them. The odds aren’t great, but one can dream, right? Make sure to vote in the poll to the left to voice your opinion on who you think would be dreamy.
Here’s Tony’s list.
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Would be the absolute dream for the Jazz. He is charismatic, smart, a proven good judge of talent from his GM days in Phoenix and relates well to his players. Unfortunately the Jazz are the victim of too many other high-profile jobs being open. He could land at New York, the Los Angeles Lakers or Golden State Warriors.
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Is the de facto Mayor of Ames, Iowa, and Iowa State University. Would be very difficult to pull him away from his alma mater, but he cut his teeth at the pro level. Is young, would make a seamless transition and be a great guy to grow with the team.
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Has many of the same qualities as Hoiberg and Mark Jackson but nowhere near the baggage that Jackson would bring. Is a master motivator and a true players’ coach. If Scott Brooks wasn’t the coach in Oklahoma City, the Thunder would look at him hard. Kevin Durant is a huge fan of his.
Jeff Van Gundy
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What franchise wouldn’t want his services? He’s won wherever he’s been, is a defensive guru and knows how to coach star players. However, he’s at the point in his career where he probably wouldn’t get back into coaching for less than the perfect situation. The Utah Jazz, with their spacious cap room and young talent, is a good situation. Not a perfect one.
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Has won everywhere he’s gone and is good at dealing with a young roster. Only problem here is his age. He may not be long for any coaching job he takes from here out.
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Sorry to twist the knife a little bit, but yes, Hornacek would be a dream candidate at this point. He took a Phoenix team without elite talent and turned the Suns into a playoff contender. He proved to be a great Xs and Os guy on the bench and managed egos well behind the scenes. If only the Jazz .... Oh, never mind.