Alex Jensen Rumors
Jody Genessy: From what I’m hearing, it wouldn’t be surprising if other teams try to make a play on snatching Alex Jensen from the Utah Jazz.
Jody Genessy: Confirming Jazz will hire Quin Snyder as head coach. Team is expected to hire Brad Jones as an assistant and promote Alex Jensen to bench.
Alex Jensen knows the Cleveland Cavaliers, who visit EnergySolutions Arena on Friday night. Jensen spent the last two years as the coach in Canton, which is the Cavs’ franchise in the NBA Developmental League. He left the Charge last summer to become a player development assistant for the Jazz. “It really is a first-class organization,” Jensen said. “The owner, Dan Gilbert, makes sure you have everything you need. When I was there, they were obviously going through a rebuilding process. But it’s a great practice facility, great people. It’s only a matter of time before they are really good again — year in and year out.”
A much-beloved local guy on the bench? Not a priority, said Lindsey. “I can understand why it would be a story and why it would be a question,” he said, “because it’s hometown kid done well. But I think Ty first looked at the coaching acumen and the background and how he adds to our staff. It’s clearly an ancillary benefit but it’s not one that … was at the top of the list.”
When Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin reached out to Alex Jensen about joining his staff, a number of qualities drew him to the D-League Coach of the Year and, likewise, Jensen to Corbin. That Jensen was a Centerville native and played a starring role on the University of Utah team that advanced to the 1998 NCAA championship game was low on Corbin’s list. Presumably, too, was this side benefit to five years playing professionally in Turkey: a unique ability to communicate with Jazz center Enes Kanter. “I’ve already sworn at him [in Turkish],” Jensen said, his permanent half-smile twisting into a full one. “Those are the first words you learn.”
Bill Oram: The Jazz have made official the hiring of former Ute Alex Jensen as player development assistant. Long expected.
Bill Oram: Corbin is expected to name Brad Jones assistant coach, and former Ute Alex Jensen to player development staff. Surprised by delays.
Former Canton Charge coach Alex Jensen is leaving to join the coaching staff of the Utah Jazz. He was the D- League coach of the year last season. “I’m really proud of him,” Grant said. “That’s why you have the development league, not just for the players.”
Jody Genessy: Former University of Utah standout Alex Jensen will join the Utah Jazz staff as director of player development, sources have confirmed.
Jody Genessy: Interesting non-player tidbit: Former Ute Alex Jensen was spotted with Jazz brass at a Salt Lake City restaurant last night. Staff addition?
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they have hired college assistant Alex Jensen as the first head coach of their still unnamed NBA D-League franchise in Canton, Ohio. Jensen’s only coaching experience has been as an assistant under longtime Utah head coach Rick Majerus at St. Louis University.