Listening to this recent interview with Quin Snyder, I came away so impressed with a few things:
I want to especially focus on the last two points: communication, interpersonal relationships, and trust; and development.
Communication, interpersonal relationships, and trust
Snyder was asked, “How do you get guys to trust?” He responded by saying, in part, that it’s going to require faith on the players’ part. He’s going to ask for an opportunity, he’s going to be real, and he’s going to show them who he is. “I think the biggest thing is to try not to force it.” It takes a lot of inner security and confidence within oneself to say that–and mean it.
Where he really impressed me is by saying, “Then it’s up to you, the things you’re going to say and coach them with integrity. And if you make a mistake–and you will–‘Hey, I was wrong.'”
That humility and that willingness to own up to mistakes can be a powerful motivator for the players and can show them how serious Snyder is about developing a relationship of trust with each of the players. Any time someone genuinely apologizes to you for an error on his or her part, it can’t help but provide an opportunity for the relationship to grow stronger or deepen.
Ever since his hire, Snyder has discussed how much coaching is about teaching and how you have to really love teaching in order to be an effective coach.
I’m a bit of a nerd, so I love definitions. Here are some of the Dictionary.com definitions for “develop”:
1.to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state: to develop natural resources; to develop one’s musical talent.
2. to cause to grow or expand: to develop one’s muscles.
One of the frustrations many Jazz fans have had over the last few years is that we never really got to know exactly what we have in the Core 4 of Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks. Whether sporadic playing time, being asked to play a different position, being shuffled in between the starting lineup and coming off the bench, or being stuck behind a veteran a couple years shy of retirement (and a couple years past effectiveness?), we still don’t know what we have.
Enter Snyder. Ideally, given all his talk about love of player development (and DeMarre Carroll’s discussion of Snyder’s effect ON his development), we’ll begin to see the current roster shaped to a more advanced or effective state. We’ll see the capabilities of the players more than we saw before.
Will we see examples those definitions above? Will we see Enes Kanter given the green light–and will he have the range–to shoot threes? Will Alec Burks be more creative on offense–while still working within an offense? Will Gordon Hayward find the offensive load more balanced and spread among teammates so he can be the jack-of-all-trades player at which he excels? Will Derrick Favors be able to develop more of a two-way game, and perhaps a go-to move?
So, Jazz fans, are you feeling a difference in discussion from Quin Snyder? What do you think will be his forte?