INSIDER GAMEDAY Q&A – What is Coach Snyder doing that is original?

I’m going to try to add another feature to my Jazz coverage at Locked on Jazz. It’s a simple gameday Q&A. I’ll accept questions at the # for the day’s game. Today is #LACatUTA. This is a great way to follow the game with other Jazz fans.

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Westin, I have to be a little careful here, because some of this might be an advantage to the Jazz until the rest of the league gets the scouting report. Being somewhat vague, I would tell you how we run the floor offensively is very creative and different. In addition, his out-of-timeout action in the opening two games has had some wrinkles that are unique to Coach Snyder and his coaching beliefs. The most general way I can answer this is Coach Snyder strongly believes in making the opposition think in the midst of the action and does a lot to make that happen.

INSIDER – Hayward envisions easier opportunities

When Gordon Hayward left EnergySolutions Arena last year at Locker clear-out, he was a frustrated man. For the first time, he had voiced specific frustration about the offense.   Hayward talked about a lack of tempo and a lack of space.

Today, Hayward voiced that he hopes those things have changed.

“With the spacing it makes everything easier on us,” Hayward said. “Things aren’t going to be as crowded, we aren’t going to be as down-to-the-wire on the shot clock where you have to make a play 1-on-1 to get a shot off. I envision something where the ball is moving around so much that you are getting a shot, or you attack or make a pass. It’s going to make the decision-making easier.”

Last year, the Jazz used 33% of their possessions in the final 10 seconds of the shot clock—the most of any team in the NBA. This year, Quin Snyder has talked about playing with pace. The pace is not only moving the ball up the floor quickly to get into the offense, but also making plays and decisions with alacrity. The vision is that with this pace the Jazz can get an edge and then continue to exploit more and more as the possession develops.

INSIDER – Obvious unselfishness

Quin Snyder revealed a phrase with the media today that his players will hear time and time again this season: “obvious unselfishness.”

“The biggest thing I have asked from them is to be unselfish—to have obvious unselfishness, to have it resonate with people that have watched us practice,” Snyder said.

Each of the last two days have had great examples of “obvious unselfishness.” Yesterday in the 4-on-4 setting, Derrick Favors took a pass off the pick-and-roll on the right side of the lane. Favors caught it in traffic in the lane and rather than forcing the shot, he immediately moved the pass to the corner for a wide open 3-pointer. For Snyder, that is “obvious unselfishness.”

Today, the Jazz were playing a high-intensity 5-on-5 where the defense must get three straight stops. The defense accomplished this on a missed three attempt by Rodney Hood, but Snyder was ecstatic about the play Enes Kanter had just made.

Kanter caught the ball on the left block and started a move to the middle. However, the space evaporated. Kanter, who had only eight assists as a rookie and averaged 0.9 per game last year, fired the ball to the top of the key to Hood for a wide-open look. It was “obvious unselfishness.”

INSIDER – Notes from the first day of Jazz Training Camp

  • The morning session of Day 1 was focused entirely on defense and, more specifically, transition defense. Snyder says he doesn’t want to sacrifice the offensive rebounding of both Kanter and Favors, but if you don’t get back in transition you don’t get to play any other kind of defense.
  • Enes Kanter shared that the pace of the practice was intense. There was no slowing down for nearly the entire two hours.
  • Danté Exum says that he got yelled at in his first NBA practice. Coach Snyder also said that he and Rodney Hood both showed some rookie flashes.
  • Rodney Hood was surprised that they ran sprints. “I didn’t think they did that in the NBA.” However, Hood said it only happened when someone didn’t pay attention to details.
  • According to Quin Snyder, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors played like two players who the team was going to rely on—on both ends of the floor.
  • Carrick Felix injured his left shoulder in practice and will be further examined.
  • Brock Motum and Jack Cooley have both found ways to be effective basketball players without great athletic skills.
  • Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson and Michigan head coach John Beilein were among those in attendance.

INSIDER – Months worth of coaching work shows in Day 1 for Jazz

Today was officially Day 1 for the players, but for Quin Snyder and his coaching staff it represented several months of work coming to fruition.

From the moment Snyder took over as the Utah Jazz head coach, his staff has been working tirelessly to be prepared for today’s practice and the rest of training camp.

“We have worked at it pretty hard. I felt it was important for our staff to really, really have a strong command of what we want to teach and what I want to see,” Snyder said. “The level of intensity and the juice you bring into the gym, that to me is hugely important for our players to feel that when we start. To have a really clear picture of how we want to do things allows [the coaches] to be passionate in teaching it. If you are little gray then it is hard to be as demanding.”

The “clear picture of how we want to do things” started with a multi-day coaching retreat in which the staff dissected every aspect of the game and how they would teach it. The retreat included team-building moments, but was dominated by endless hours of basketball coaching philosophy.

From there the group spent hours debating and the ins and outs of how they would teach. The went from the meeting rooms down to the hardwood, breaking down the tiniest details of spacing, pick angles and more.

Most recently, Snyder had his coaches prepare scouting reports for FIBA teams and take the other coaches through a film session and a shootaround for this “practice” scouting report. Snyder says the details got down to what to capitalize and what to boldface in your reports.

This work came to fruition today as Snyder and his staff ran the players through a briskly paced practice that incorporated somewhere from 15 to 20 stations.

Universally, the players were impressed. All of them mentioned the quick pace when speaking to the media after their practice had ended. The words “details,” “pace,” and “intention” were used consistently as the players described the coaches’ approach to the first practice of training camp.

INSIDER – NBA Rookie Survery

The yearly NBA rookie survery is out—here’s a LINK.

Jazz rookies Danté Exum and Rodney Hood showed up in the following manners …

  • Hood got a vote for Rookie of the Year and a vote for best career.
  • Hood got a vote for best shooter.
  • Exum ranked #4 for best playmaker (behind Tyler Ennis, Kyle Anderson and Marcus Smart).

INSIDER—Jazz reportedly add Patrick Beilein to coaching staff

Here’s a report today from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Quin Snyder will add Patrick Beilein to his coaching staff.


Beilein is the son of Michigan head coach John Beilein, who coached Trey Burke at Michigan.

Last season, Patrick Beilein was the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. Prior to that he was the director of basketball operations at Bradley University. Patrick played his college basketball at West Virginia and was a part of Elite Eight and Sweet 16 teams.

Beilein, whose record at West Virginia Wesleyan was 12-15 his first year followed by 20-12 last season, interviewed for the Marist College opening.

One of Beilein’s signatures as a coach is his ability to teach shooting. He’ll work both in player development with his skills as a shooting coach and in video coordinating.

INSIDER—Australian paper reports Brock Motum invited to Jazz training camp

According to the West Australian newspaper, Brock Motum has been invited to training camp by the Utah Jazz.


The trade of Malcolm Thomas and Eric Murphy opened up spots on the training camp roster. However, with Favors, Kanter, Gobert, Booker, Novak and Evans present, finding a spot on the roster is going to be a tough task for Motum.

Motum, born in Brisbane, Australia, is 23 years old and played three seasons at Washington State. He played last season in the Italian League. He will be teaming with Utah’s first-round pick Danté Exum in the World Cup for Australia.

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