Quin Snyder is a smart, passionate man.
Nobody doubts that.
He should be the NBA's coach of the year.
That's where doubt floods into the picture.
But this column blows four freeway exits past advocacy for any kind of award.
Snyder's mind and perspective for — and approach to — what he does for a living are unique. How many NBA coaches have a brain big enough for both a law degree and an MBA, and still immerse themselves so thoroughly in the game to the extent it darn-near imprisons them?
So, the Jazz coach is intelligent, emotional, and also grateful — thankful for a lot of things, from coaching's macro to its micro level. In the aftermath of Game 4 of the Jazz-Clippers playoff series, Snyder thanked and praised nearly his entire team. Joe Johnson? "We're lucky to have him." Derrick Favors? "Can't say enough about him." Rodney Hood? "Playing with more of a purpose." Gordon Hayward? "He wanted to play." Rudy Gobert? "He's back." Joe Ingles? "Hopefully, he won't go down."