Quin Snyder Rumors

The Jazz are 17-24 at the halfway point and clawing to keep ahold of 10th place in the Western Conference. It’s not a sunk season yet, but it also isn’t necessarily the season the Jazz have hoped for, either. After reaching the second round of the playoffs last season, the franchise still had aspirations of being a winning team despite losing Gordon Hayward. Those ambitions were constructed in large part around Rudy Gobert’s defensive abilities. But his injuries so far have created a specter of what could have been this season. “What we’re in the process of doing right now is kind of experiencing new things,” coach Quin Snyder said Wednesday night before the Jazz clinched a rare road win against the Wizards. “The injuries have exacerbated that because we’re experiencing new lineups.”
Utah still wants last season’s leading shot-blocker back. While Derrick Favors and Ekpe Udoh have helped protect the rim to a degree, they lack the pure intimidation factor of Gobert. The Jazz also miss Gobert’s propensity for finishing lobs at the rim or getting easy putbacks. They miss his wide, physical screening and his overall tenacity on the court. What adds to Utah’s angst over missing Rudy Gobert is that it won’t necessarily be a smooth transition when he returns. They learned last time that it takes an adjustment period to get used to Gobert in the lineup. And that means even more of a wait to reach their competitive potential. “More than anything, we’ve got a group that hasn’t played with him that much,” Snyder said. “What we have with Rudy and what we have with the group, we know who Rudy is as a player, but we’ll be able to continue to see who we are with Rudy.”
And while Sefolosha has acknowledged he’d prefer to play every night, he respects how Snyder has kept an open line of communication. “I think he’s been doing a great job since the beginning of just communicating with all 15 of us,” he said. “Really the message is clear with what he expects from you, what he wants from you on the court, and he gives you the freedom to do it.”