Quin Snyder Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: When Gordon Hayward left… did it feel like starting over this year or somewhere in-between where you had been [and now]? Rudy Gobert: No it didn’t feel like starting over. I think… we have built something since Quin [Snyder] got here. We’ve gotten better every year. Players come and go — it happens. Sometimes important players go. But I feel like it didn’t change our identity. Our identity was defense.
On Sunday, coach Quin Snyder leaned back in a windowless room in the Jazz’s practice facility and acknowledged the obvious: The road back could be a long one. “There is always an optimism at the beginning of the season,” Snyder told Yahoo Sports. “And I’m not saying there isn’t that now, but it’s tempered a little bit with the personnel changes.” Indeed, since losing Hayward, Utah has been ravaged by injuries, from the potentially season-ending shoulder injury to Dante Exum, to a balky right wrist that has cost Joe Johnson all of November, to a knee injury that will keep Rudy Gobert on the sideline for at least the next month. Gobert’s injury looms largest: The 7-foot-1 pivot was the anchor of one of the NBA’s top defenses, and the Jazz have been gashed badly in the two games he has missed.
Utah would love to offer up a blueprint for how to rebound from Hayward’s departure. Fact is, there isn’t one. The team bet everything that it could lure Hayward back, and his decision to leave has left a hole it can’t hope to fill. “There isn’t a silver bullet,” Snyder said. “What there is, though, is a challenge. That’s something you can really embrace and enjoy.”
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder calls Dion Waiters a “good player” and “clean player,” says he’s over parsing over his collision with Rudy Gobert.
Eric Woodyard: In Gobert’s absence, Derrick Favors is excited about his expanded opportunity. Coach Snyder also has faith that Favors can hold down the fort for the short-term.