Quin Snyder Rumors
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder comment on new roles for Dennis Lindsey and Justin Zanik: “I greatly appreciate working with Dennis and Justin and our entire basketball operations department. Having continuity with good people is certainly a positive and look forward to our continued work together.”
To try and understand Snyder’s drive — and his lure — isn’t actually too difficult. Simply, he is in the business of instilling belief, often when others have moved on to something, or somebody else. There are plenty of people involved in the rebirth of the Jazz organization, but the ethos — team-driven success, development within the walls of the Zions Bank Basketball Center and selflessness above all else — is why the Jazz are postseason regulars once again. “Like, if he said I am able to push this building down, he’d convince me, ‘Yeah, I probably could push this f****** building down,’” Ingles said.
Darvin Ham needed to borrow a car. His was getting worked on in the shop. So Ham went to the one guy who he knew would help out. Snyder handed his fellow Lakers assistant coach the keys to his 2002 Volkswagen Westfalia van. Imagine Snyder rolling around Los Angeles in a camping van, shuttling to and from practices. It even gets a legit laugh out of Snyder now. Sadly, Snyder had to sell the van when he moved to Russia to be an assistant coach at CSKA Moscow. He still misses it, he says, the atypical vehicle for an atypical coach. “This is isn’t your normal coach,” said Ham, now an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks. “He really thought outside the box. You hear that phrase about a lot of different people, but he truly represented that phrase.”
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder initially found it difficult to discuss the Phoenix Suns’ firing his dear friend and former assistant, Igor Kokoskov, after one season. “Umm, well, I’ll just …, we talked and …, you know, I don’t …, need to comment on the situation,” Snyder said before Houston eliminated the Jazz from the NBA playoffs Tuesday. “You can kind of imagine my thoughts.”
“Having worked with Igor recently and over the years and as far back as the previous century, I know what the quality coach he is, the kind of person he is,” said Snyder, who gave Kokoskov his first job in United States as an assistant at Missouri in 1999. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have future opportunities. Anytime you’re in a program your first year with whatever type of adversity when something’s new, there’s always challenges.”
Eric Walden: Grayson said one of his biggest issues was getting small footwork details correct. Said Bryant and Snyder would constantly show him the difference on video between how he’d defend in the G League vs. the NBA, and it gave him the confidence to know he is capable of defending.