Quin Snyder Rumors
Millsap has a good relationship with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, and credits him with a great deal of his development in year 1 of his Atlanta tenure. Snyder was an assistant with Atlanta at that time. Snyder helped Millsap with “Pick & roll situations, screen in the proper place, rescreens in proper place.” He also felt that Atlanta’s offense “suited [him] better” than the Jazz’s did under Ty Corbin.: 11 more rumors
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder says Gordon Hayward may miss the final game of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury. Snyder announced Hayward will not play Monday against the Dallas Mavericks due to inflammation of the tendon. He did not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
He insists a strong finish can carry over into the 2015-16 season. “We have lots of things to fight for, just not the playoffs,” Snyder said. “You can always take steps. … That’s part of becoming good, being able to tap that competitiveness and that intensity and focus at times when maybe it’s hard.”
“The layers I would probably characterize as situations. We’re basically simulating,” Snyder said, before going into full-on coach-speak. “The easiest example would be sideline pick-and-roll versus middle pick-and-roll, versus Chris Paul and Blake Griffin [running] pick-and-roll in the low post; one-four pick-and-roll versus one-five pick-and-roll. There’s certain players that people specifically will put in pick-and-roll – that happened to us earlier in the year a lot, where people identified a player that they think is not as good defensively and isolate them. So learning how to manage those situations and trying to recreate a specific P&R situation.”
As he mentioned, part of the issue was the group’s adjustment to Snyder’s new scheme. Where former Jazz coach Ty Corbin had Utah’s bigs leap out and “hedge” opposing ball-handlers (often leaving the Jazz in a four-on-three against if the handler was able to thread a pass through the trap), Snyder saw a different fit for his personnel – one that depended in part on each player’s individual attributes. “We do both now – it depends a little bit game to game, it depends on personnel,” he said. “Rudy Gobert is different than Trevor Booker, where Rudy is back more, Trevor’s up because he’s more aggressive. He’s 6’6 and athletic, Rudy’s long and athletic. I think just adjusting to what we have. Dante [Exum] is different in pick-and-roll than Trey [Burke]. So trying to take advantage of some of those various strengths and weaknesses.”
His varied experience preceding his first appointment to a top job in the world’s most elite league gave him perspective, not only within himself but with what separates his newest position from those in his past. It’s part of why Snyder’s opinion on what makes the NBA so different likely varies from what most popular consensus would be. “I think the capacity that the players have to develop and learn, the speed with which they can pick things up,” Snyder told Basketball Insiders in a sit-down interview. “People perceive talent as athleticism and size and strength, [but] a lot of the ‘talent’ that these guys have is their ability to learn quickly. Show them something, they can do it immediately.”
The NBA is set to become the first U.S. professional sports league to visit Cuba since President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations between the countries to be restored. The league will hold a four-day development camp and host clinics for youth from April 23-26. Recently retired two-time MVP Steve Nash, newly elected Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro will take part, along with NBA coaches Quin Snyder of Utah and James Borrego of Orlando. The league said it will make an official announcement on Tuesday.
Favors, for one, did not want to be any part of a tanking bunch, and he knew it would be up to those who were designated to lead the team to ensure that did not happen. New coach Quin Snyder put much on Favors’ shoulders to begin the year. “I put myself in there,” Favors said. “I have been in the league for five years now, so coaches were adamant that they would be looking to me to help lead the team.” It has paid off. In fact, much of what the Jazz have been doing in the last couple of years is paying off now. After a brutal start to the year that saw them endure a nine-game losing streak and a 6-19 record, Utah has been among the best teams in the league in the last six weeks. Dating back to February 7 they have, amazingly, gone 14-4 and offered a very encouraging glimpse at the future to their fan base.
The remarks were probably “ill advised,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Still, the coach appreciated his player’s passion. “I like that Enes is being emotional and aggressive and playing that way,” the coach said. “I think it was said in that kind of spirit of exuberance. But I think we all know the reality is [Golden State] is a terrific team, and what Klay Thompson did the other night was remarkable, and Andrew Bogut may be the best center in the league — to set the record straight.”
One of the biggest moments for Snyder? Riding on the Spurs’ team bus. “That really was a big thing,” Snyder said. “Becoming a part of the staff was earned. It was more of an organic thing. It wasn’t a title handed to me. If it happened in a different way, it wouldn’t have meant as much.” Snyder has kept close ties to the Spurs since leaving the Toros. In 2013-14, he was an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks under Budenholzer.
Quin Snyder may have been an assistant to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and a successful college head coach at Missouri. But at Snyder’s first coaches’ retreat seven years ago, he was the new kid in class trying to get away with mumbling an answer. “I was just listening, but then I got forced to say a few things, and Pop goes, ‘what the hell are you talking about, Quin?’” Snyder recalled. “But getting comfortable in those environments, where you felt like you earned the respect of the leader and the staff, to be accepted into that group was really important.”
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Snyder absolutely loved what was going on between the two players, even if it seemed that they were bickering. “That was great. I was so glad to see them. I don’t care if they yell at each other. I like the communication,” Snyder said. “Once you start talking to each other like that, now you’ve got a chance to grow and to stretch. It’s when they don’t say anything that I get concerned.”
There was a point in Tuesday’s game at New Orleans when Rudy Gobert and Enes Kanter were yapping at each other while walking off the court for a timeout. Quin Snyder met them at midcourt and had a quick chat, while team captain Gordon Hayward huddled with his two teammates from behind. The Jazz coach wasn’t trying to put out a team fire.
Eventually Kanter did answer a couple of questions about Snyder’s coaching. “He’s a really good coach because he understands players. He has that communication. He has that relationship with the team,” Kanter said. “He has that relationship with the team, that we want to play for, just go out there and play for. “He’s teaching us something really unique. We have to just get back (to what he) asks for — play with more energy.”
Kanter might not want to talk about himself, but others will. Snyder even made an admission that some tough love seems to be panning out. “I have been really pleased. I’ve coached Enes hard. I think he’s needed it,” Snyder said. “Sometimes that can knock you back a little bit.”
“I just thought we lost our identity,” Snyder said of his halftime pep talk after his team’s sluggish/terrible/awful/ugly/downright dreadful first-half performance. ” … We came out and didn’t get stops early and offensively we were just stuck in mud. We showed them a couple of clips and said let’s get back to doing the things we do.”