In his introductory press conference, new Jazz coach Quin Snyder didn’t oversell the team’s goals, writes Brad Rock of the Deseret News. In regards to his team’s chances to contend, Snyder said, “You know, it’s hard to give specifics. I think (it’s) what I mentioned before about building an identity and not skipping stops in the process, and trying to do something that will last, where you can become a playoff team and become a playoff team for a long time.” When asked about the franchise’s ability to attract free agents, Snyder responded, “I mean, in a manner of speaking, I was a free agent.” He also applauded the Jazz ownership’s commitment, the practice facilities, and the tradition of loyalty, saying Utah is “an attractive place,” notes Rock.
More from the Northwest Division:
- One major similarity that the two teams in the NBA Finals share is continuity, writes Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. Neither the Spurs nor the Heat favor rash decisions or overreacting to adversity and making changes just for the sake of change, notes Dempsey. This is something the Nuggets need to emulate if they want to establish a winning culture, Dempsey opines.
- Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman looks at Derek Fisher‘s career options for the future which include coaching or moving into a front office role with a franchise.
- In a separate article, Mayberry grades Fisher’s final season as a player with the Thunder.