Quin Snyder Rumors
Jazz coach Quin Snyder says his team is approaching the game just like any other one, despite the ESPN broadcast and outside intensity among local fans surrounding Hayward’s return. “I’ve said this a number of times, many times… myself personally, I think his teammates, the organization’s unbelievably appreciative of Gordon did here and what he put into our program,” Snyder said during shootaround. “Right, now my focus is strictly and completely on this team and our players so I hope you guys can respect that. That’s a long time ago and I wish Gordon the best,” he added. “It’s great to see him playing again.”
The Jazz clogged passing lanes and forced the Mavericks to make bad decisions. Dallas committed 25 turnovers, and Utah turned them into 31 points. “We wanted to play our defense with some heart,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “I thought we did that. Now we got to add some smarts. That said, I thought we came out with the right frame of mind.” Mitchell scored 23 points in his first game back after missing a game with an ankle sprain. He also dished out seven assists and had five rebounds. Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Alec Burks added 18 points off the bench.
Michael Grange: NBA history tonight — first-ever regular season meeting of two former G-League coach-of-the-year award winners. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder won his in 2009 and Raptors’ Nurse won it in 2011.
Snyder refused to make any excuses for the team’s 4-5 start, especially on the defensive end, but did say everyone is adjusting to the “new norm.” Snyder also says officials have been great in communication with their play calling, especially when longtime referee Monty McCutchen was hired last December to helped ease tension between players and referees as the NBA Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training.
Let’s talk about last summer when the Jazz waived you after a solid season. Jonas Jerebko: I thought I was going to be there. We made the playoffs, I think I played well so I was expecting to come back to the Jazz. But you know, this is also a business. Coach [Quin Snyder] called me and told me that there wasn’t a lot of minutes at my position. But right after I knew I was going to be waived, my agent [Bill Duffy] called me and told me that the Golden State Warriors were interested. I kinda told him, ‘We don’t really need to hear anything else’. That’s where I wanted to go. I got lucky. You must be playing good basketball when the world’s best team wants you to join them.