The Utah Jazz search for a head coach has begun in earnest, according to several sources. ESPN reported on Tuesday, May 13 that the one and only John Stockton has been approached by Jazz brass as a potential replacement for Tyrone Corbin.
Just after Corbin was relieved of his duties, another interesting name with local ties came to the forefront. Former Utah Utes head coach Jim Boylen -- now a San Antonio Spurs assistant -- was named as a potential target for the Jazz head coaching job. Whether Boylen was a smokescreen is up for debate since things went so badly at the University of Utah -- but there is no question he’s a good NBA assistant.
After that, Ettore Messina, the current CSKA Moscow head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach had his name mentioned around town as a potential Jazz head coach. And on Wednesday, May 14 yet another name splashed across local newspapers, as current Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, a former Bulls player, was also mentioned as a replacement for Corbin.
If you’re counting at home, that’s four potential candidates right there -- not including Jeff Van Gundy, Doug Collins or the other former NBA head coaches now plying their trade in the broadcast booths at ESPN/ABC/TNT or some configuration therein.
What the Jazz head coaching search is in a nutshell is confusing -- and that four of the five afore- mentioned candidates have never, ever been a head coach in one single NBA basketball game makes it all the more maddening for Jazz fans. That said, it looks like Little John from Gonzaga -- and four others -- appear to be the early front runners for the job. Click on the photos to see how they all stack up.