Quinn Snyder resigns as jazz coach after 8 seasons

Quin Snyder went to 372-264 in 8 seasons with the Jazz, and led the team to 6 playoffs.

Quinn Snyder led the Utah Jazz to six consecutive playoffs and was an NBA coach who reached the Finals only last season and won nearly 60% of his games with the franchise.

He decided that was enough.

Snyder on Sunday resigned as Jazz coach, ending eight successful years in the regular season but with the team not getting past the second round of the playoffs in his tenure.

Snyder released a statement through the team, part of which simply says “it’s about time.”

“Basically, what drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work for improvement and their dedication to the team and jazz,” Snyder said. “I feel very badly that they need a new voice to keep evolving. That is. There are no philosophical differences, no other reason. After eight years, I feel like it’s time to move on. I needed to take some time to separate after the season and make sure this was the right decision.” “.

He’s gone 372-264 with the Jazz, his .585 win percentage ranking 18th among NBA coaches who have worked at least a long time. He is one of only two coaches to have a winning record with jazz, Jerry Sloan is the other.

His decision means the Jazz will have a fourth coach in 33 years when they start next season. Sloan was followed by Tyrone Corbin, who was followed by Snyder.

“Queen Snyder has embodied what basketball has represented jazz for the past eight years,” said Ryan Smith, owner of Jazz. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail that Quinn displays every day is a testament to the professionalism that he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quinn and respect for his decision.”

Snyder has been coach four times for this month, the most recent of which was last February. The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the 2020-21 season, but was unable to make it past the Western Conference semifinals — part of a streak in which the team dropped five of its last six playoffs.

And this season simply fell apart: Utah seemed part of the title contender for some season, starting 7-1 and standing at 26-9 when the calendar turned to 2022. Everything changed somewhere along the way; The Jazz have lost three straight losing streaks from at least four games, and in the games played after January 1st they ended up losing only 25-28.

The first-round ouster continued a troubling trend in Utah that was the success of the regular season that did not translate into the playoffs. The Jazz were 21-30 in post-season games under Snyder, losing in the first round three times and losing in the second round in their other three games during his tenure.

Utah became the league’s second team with a current coaching opening, Charlotte as well. This leaves Snyder’s immediate future unclear.

He was mentioned as potential candidates for some of the jobs that were open – the Los Angeles Lakers, for example, a position that ended up being Darvin Hamm’s longtime assistant. Snyder has been considered a potential future candidate for a job that hasn’t been open for more than a quarter century, which was in San Antonio held by NBA winning leader Greg Popovich.

“I loved my time with Quinn,” Jazz Center Rudy Gobert said when this season ended. “There will always be talk of a lot of things, especially when you have had disappointing endings like what happened this season.”

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell offered more praise for Snyder.

“Love Quinn. I love Quinn. Mitchell said after Utah was sent off in the first round. “He’s the guy who gave me the opportunity when I first came here and trusted me, believed in me. He’s a guy I think talked a lot about him and was stubborn, and was consistent with him all year.”

Will a first-round elimination against the Muvs force the Jazz to turn things around this summer, or will they continue the path?

A change of training may be the first step in a major jazz change.

Joubert owes $85 million over the next two years, as well as having a $46.6 million player option for the 2025-26 season. Mitchell owes $67.5 million for the next two seasons, followed by a player option of $37 million. Their relationship soured at times, going back at least to the beginning of the pandemic, when Joubert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 and Mitchell tested positive the next day. And speculation has swirled ever since about whether a dynamic scorer like Mitchell and a dominant defender like Joubert could be the kind of 1-2 strikes that drive the championship team.

They will both gain attention if the jazz team chooses to make them available on the market – and it’s not beyond the possibility that one or both of them will order a move as well.

“There are things that can change,” Mitchell admitted when the season ended. “I am not ready to discuss it, to be honest with you now. Mentally, I am not in this void to be completely honest with you. I really am not. To me, that is disgusting.”

The first change has come. Snyder has left.

“Thank you to our always supportive and enthusiastic fans,” Snyder said. “We just want the best for you and to see you hoist the championship flag.”

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