Posted by: Steven on January 7th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It seems like a lot of fans here are coming around the idea that Corbin is not the answer to the Head Coach position, so how likely is it that FO will make a similar decision?
Well if the FO want to have any chance of using the 8 expiring contracts they have to make a play for say a true franchise changing player in the shape of Chris Paul say, they will have to first make a decision on the Head Coaching position. Unlike Dwill, Chris Paul is not the type of player that says too much about his coaches, but at the same time does anyone really think that Chris Paul, or any other franchise player for that matter see championship contention coming to Utah under Corbin? The chances are that Chris Paul will see potential shaping up to something big at the Clippers and will look to stay there or see a future with Dirk at Dallas, but if the Jazz really want to use their 8 expiring contracts and turn it into something special they need to make a real attempt at exploring the possibility of enticing Chris Paul to Utah. We can argue all year about who is a better fit going forward for the Jazz, Millsap or Jefferson, but both player’s impact would have minimum effect on the future effectiveness of Favors, Hayward, Kanter and Burks and Jazz future success if Chris Paul was in a Jazz uniform. Denis would not be doing his job if he didn’t at least make an attempt at talking to Chris Paul. Paul is the best PG in the league after all, a position that everyone in the league knows the Jazz need an upgrade in.
In order to be taken seriously in the pursuit of Paul’s affections the Jazz need a trusted coach. Without a roster in place Phil Jackson isn’t going to come here to be average. Jerry Sloan isn’t coming back. Unfortunately the best coaches still have a safe job and won’t be leaving their employment anytime soon, not without some giant powers of persuasion by Denis, which we have yet to see any signs of. So outside of Corbin what are the options for the Jazz.
Personally I like what Nate McMillan was able to do at Portland despite having the worst luck with injuries, the slowness of his teams would be negated if the Jazz really could make a play for Chris Paul.
Stan Van Gundy? I don’t dislike Stan, I kinda like the guy, I just don’t like the drama that he brings with him, his brother for one.
Outside of Nate which I think is the best realistic jobless candidate we can hope to attract I would make another return to San Antonio. I know Uncle Pop isn’t leaving the State of Texas anytime soon. His assistant though might like the chance to be a head coach in his own right. Mike Budenholzer has worked with Pop for almost 20 years, thats plenty of time to see some tricks of the trade, and whilst Pop got a little luck with having Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu in the same team, Mike could get lucky if the Jazz could make a real play for Paul and pull it off, with the likes of Favors and Hayward there to compliment. Denis should already have that relationship with Mike that will make it an easier persuasion than some. The question might then be how long has Pop got in the game and what direction will San Antonio be looking to take when their decision comes.
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