Quin Snyder Rumors
“I don’t know the circumstances or the situation,” Snyder said, “but I have tremendous respect for Kevin McHale on so many levels.” And he has sympathy for the Hall of Famer’s plight. “I do know he took that team a long way last year to the Western Conference Finals. “It’s hard,” Snyder said. “We’ve been off to a slow start (6-19 last season). It reminds you of what a difficult and volatile position this is. It’s hard.”
Last year, the Jazz were dead last at 92.8 possessions per game, and this year they are 28th at 95.8. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to Snyder. “It’s interesting about pace, because there’s nothing positive associated with being slow,’’ Snyder said. “When you say something’s slow, we don’t see how that’s great — it’s slow. But pace isn’t necessarily bad in this case.’’
Scoop: Can new head coach Quin Snyder be too honest at times? Hayward: You are asking me if Coach Quin can be too honest? No, I think honesty is good. I think we definitely needed some reality checks. Like I said, being a young team the hardest part of the season is the mental part. At least for me. It’s a mental grind. Just making sure you are focused every single night, night in and night out. So he needs to be honest with us, just to make sure that we’re not [buying into] the hype that guys like you and the rest of the media are giving us. Because at the end of the day, we haven’t done anything yet. So, yeah, he needs to be honest with us. That’s part of his job.
Snyder thinks USA Basketball made a wise choice in its decision to have Spurs coach Gregg Popovich replace Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as the national team head coach from 2017-20. “Obviously with Coach Pop it makes complete sense,” said Snyder, who worked with Popovich in the Spurs’ system from 2007-10 and has played for and coached under Krzyzewski. “You’re talking about two people who served in the military — at West Point (Coach K) and the Air Force Academy (Popovich). Their lives have a patriot quality. It’s unique. It’s pretty special.”