SALT LAKE CITY —Unexpectedly, you will need to find a new coach.
Utah was ready to enter the next season with Quin Snyder as the head coach until Snyder unexpectedly resigned after eight seasons. Snyder had two more years remaining on his contract and the sides had discussed an extension. After Snyder's departure, they failed to reach an agreement.
“Quin and I have talked a lot over the past few weeks about a lot different topics. “I think it's quite clear, we desperately wanted to him stay,” Danny Ainge, the team CEO, stated Monday during a press conference after Snyder announced that he was leaving. “I've quit coaching, and I quit being a general manager in Boston after 18 years. I believe Quin knows what's best.
Snyder was a Jazz coach for 372-264. His winning percentage of.585 ranks him 18th among NBA coaches who have been in the business for at least that much time. Snyder is the Jazz's only coach to have a winning record. Jerry Sloan was the other. Snyder's success in the regular season did not translate into the playoffs. He led the Jazz to a 21-30 record in postseason games.
Snyder stated, “It was time.” “It was time for the Jazz's to move forward. It's time for me to move on. It was the best thing for me.”
Ainge will now begin his third search for a coach as an NBA executive.
During his 18-year tenure at the Celtics front desk, he hired Doc Rivers as well as Brad Stevens. Rivers led Boston in 2008 to the NBA title. He was also a part of the 2010 NBA Finals. Stevens was the Celtics' leader to the Eastern Conference finals 3 times in 4 seasons, before Ainge succeeded him in the front office.
Ainge stated, “There are a lot names I know and I am familiar with the coaching world.” “This will likely be more thorough than the previous ones and it will be a lot different.”
Ryan Smith, the team owner, stated that there is no set time frame for making a hiring decision. The team doesn't feel under pressure to make a hire before the upcoming NBA draft.
Smith stated that Smith would take his time. “Got it right.”
Utah's fourth coach will be the one who succeeds Snyder. Since 1979, when the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City from New Orleans, they have had six head coaches.
Smith's ideal successor is a coach that can build on the foundation Snyder laid and not rebuild it completely.
Smith stated that there is no set of rules when it comes down to this. Quin has made this an amazing organization. He has left the organization better than he found. More than that, he has built a foundation we can use to build on.”
Snyder said that he knew Snyder was “going to coach somewhere else in the near future,” but he declined to give any details about when he will take up another coaching role.
“That wasn't on my mind at any time.” Snyder stated that he has been focusing on the task at hand. “I don’t know what I’m going to do next season in terms of coaching or any other similar activities.”