Bob Hyde, the Utah Jazz's CFO and president of the franchise's Fanzz stores, will retire following the June draft after nearly three decades with the organization.
"We greatly appreciate all of Bob's hard work and numerous contributions to the Jazz and the Larry H. Miller group of companies over the last 30 years," Jazz spokesman Jonathan Rinehart said in a statement Wednesday.
As the Jazz have constantly shopped, evaluated and traded million-dollar pieces the last two seasons, overhauling their roster in the attempt to remain competitive in the ever-changing Western Conference, Hyde’s been at the center of it all.
He doesn’t initiate the first move. He doesn’t call the final shot. He’s rarely ever seen and almost never quoted. But Hyde is O’Connor’s right-hand man. He’s the Jazz’s salary-cap guru, chief financial officer and Moneyball-believer rolled into one. And while Hyde swears his job and name don’t merit mention, he’s quietly become the most interesting — and at times the most important — person on the Millers’ payroll.
"Bob was critical in my process to make my decision," said Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, referring to an August move that saw him trade San Antonio for Salt Lake City. "He’s obviously held in very high regard by the Miller family and by Randy and Kevin, [who are] all unanimous in giving Bob a lot of credit on where the LHM corporation is and keying all the strong fundamentals behind the Jazz. He’s already been someone that I’ve leaned on as a resource and a mentor."
Hyde's retirement was first reported by SLCDunk.com.
— Aaron Falk
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