Justin Zanik Rumors
Don’t expect a Utah Jazz coaching decision — or even interviews — to happen anytime soon. For one thing, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and assistant GM Justin Zanik are on a scouting trip in Europe through the end of next week. For another, Jazz president Randy Rigby reiterated that the organization is just beginning the process of establishing requirements for Tyrone Corbin’s replacement. “It will be an exhaustive search. We’ll be expeditious, though,” Rigby said Wednesday during an interview on The Zone Sports Network. “But we’ll be sensitive to taking the necessary time, so that we get it right and it will be the right selection for the Utah Jazz.”
Marc Stein: Utah’s Dennis Lindsey and top front-office aide Justin Zanik are both known to be big fans of Messina. And word in Europe all season has been that Messina, once he’s done with CSKA Moscow’s current campaign, wants to make the jump to the NBA.
Currently the assistant general manager of the Utah Jazz, Zanik was a long-time sports agent. Zanik is as dialed into the international scene as almost anyone, but when it comes to savvy deal making Zanik is among the tops in the business. Given that Zanik just landed the Jazz job it might take him another year or two before he gets real consideration for a GM job, but he is absolutely a candidate worth talking to.
Four surgeries later, the headaches are gone and Ava is, more or less, a normal little girl. She points proudly to a ridge on the left side of her head where a subdural shunt was placed under her skin. A tube through which the shunt pumps extra spinal fluid can be traced down her neck and to her stomach. After doctors in Milwaukee determined Ava’s cyst had burst, they spent much of the summer trying to clear excess fluid out of her head. Spinal fluid is a river, constantly pumping in and out, but hers was pooling and not being reabsorbed into the spine.
Frustrated by the response from medical professionals in the six weeks since Ava first began complaining of severe headaches, Gina put her foot down. “We are not leaving,” she remembered saying in the ER. Spinal fluid was being pumped into her skull, contorting her brain and causing double vision. The pressure could have led to blindness or, in an extreme case, death. But the trip to Milwaukee brought that to a halt. The headaches could finally be explained. But how would doctors fix them?
An MRI was performed, but it revealed nothing unusual. Three years earlier, a brain scan revealed a pocket of spinal fluid contained in a thin, cobweb-like cyst. Called an arachnoid cyst, the discovery itself was not particularly troubling. One to 3 percent of people are born with such cysts, said Dr. Sean Lew, the program director of Neurosurgery Epilepsy at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Ruptured arachnoid cysts are not a common enough occurrence to have an incidence rate, he said.
For weeks, headaches had tormented Ava, the first of three children. She screamed through every night. She lay on her pink beanbag in the family’s Barrington home, always moaning. “Why won’t anyone help me?” was a common plea. Justin and Gina tried, making three separate trips to the emergency room in May, according to a journal Gina kept throughout the summer.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the organization has named Justin Zanik as the team’s assistant general manager. In this newly created position, Zanik will participate in all areas of day-to-day management of the team. Zanik is expected to assume his new role on September 1. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. “Justin possesses an extensive amount of international experience, an intimate knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement and a noted ability to work with players, agents and NBA management,” said Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “He is a high-character individual with a strong work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the Jazz basketball operations staff. I am very happy to welcome Justin, his wife, Gina, and their children to the Jazz family.”
Jody Genessy: Justin Zanik will make the leap from player agent to Utah Jazz assistant general manager, a source confirmed.
Jeff Goodman: Justin Zanik’s title with Utah Jazz expected to be assistant general manager, source told ESPN.