Comments on: Coaching Profile: Jim Boylen http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:04:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Coaching Profile: Adrian Griffin | Salt City Hoops http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-63697 Wed, 14 May 2014 23:23:22 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-63697 […] of head coaching experience elsewhere, but at first look Griffin appears to be without many of the anecdotal red flags that accompany someone like Jim Boylen, another assistant being considered.  Finding negative press for him was basically impossible in […]

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By: Matthew http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-48590 Mon, 05 May 2014 06:31:25 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-48590 I hate to disagree with most comments here on the board, but, I actually think that Jim Boylen would be a great hire for our team. He does have a proven track record as an assistant coach in the NBA (five different franchises: Golden State, Houston, Indiana, San Antonio, and Milwaukee), while he also has head coaching experience and relative success. The Runnin’ Utes still have not made it back to the NCAA Tournament since he left (but that will likely change this season). Boylen won with Ray Giacoletti’s recruits, but could not win with his own, whether that came from him clashing with his players, or, the fact that his players were just not that good. Mr. Boylen also ran pro-style sets at Utah, so he definitely knows the pro game. He is also an excellent big-man coach, and has been directly linked to helping with the success of several players (Hakeem Olajuwon, Luke Nevill, Roy Hibbert, etc.). Perhaps he was just unprepared for the type of pressure he would face as a head coach in his first opportunity. Perhaps he has now learned from his mistakes and is ready to be a head coach again.

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By: Paul Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-44183 Fri, 02 May 2014 08:55:16 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-44183 The fact that Boylen couldn’t handle the media as a college coach in a small market like Salt Lake City, and the fact that Boylen had problems with getting along with players as a college coach, because his policy was “my way or the highway” are red-flags that he may have trouble making the transition to NBA head coach from successful NBA assistant coach.

In this day and age of having to “recruit” free agent players in the NBA, and with Salt Lake City already historically being a place that young NBA players don’t want to come to in free agency (because it does not have the hustle and bustle of a big city, and has a reputation of being a conservative lifestyle stronghold), it would seem to handicap the Jazz even further in free agency (or in even keeping players long-term who were originally drafted by the Jazz) to hire a head coach who has a reputation of having too big of an ego to get along with even college players–who have much smaller egos and much fewer options than NBA players. Also, even though Salt Lake City is a smaller media market, any head coach in the NBA gets some national exposure as well as local exposure, as was evidenced by some of the national criticism of Ty Corbin in the last portion of his tenure as head coach of the Jazz. I like to look at an analogy to Sarah Palin as a potential presidential candidate–if she couldn’t “stand the heat” of the media in a rural, isolated state like Alaska, what made anyone think she could withstand the intense media scrutiny in Washington, D.C., and nationwide if she were to be come president–it just doesn’t make sense. Similarly, if Boylen couldn’t stand the limited media “heat” that he received as the head basketball coach of the University of Utah Utes, what makes anyone think he could stand the media “heat” as the head coach of the Utah Jazz, in being compared to a basketball coaching legend like Jerry Sloan, it just doesn’t make sense.

As a small market team in the NBA I don’t think the Jazz can survive two unsuccessful coaching tenures in a row. Therefore, even though Boylen seems to have the overall credentials to become an NBA head coach, I think the Jazz should let some other team take the risk that the “red-flags” of Boylen’s tenure as the head basketball coach at the University of Utah will not translate into problems as an NBA head coach.

My preference for the Jazz would be a coach that has a track record of being successful on the defensive side of NBA basketball–such as Jeff Van Gundy, or one of the former assistants whom he mentored (Mike Longabardi, Tom Thibodeau, Steve Clifford–only one of whom appears to be available), or a young up-and-coming coach who looks like he could really develop the young Jazz players and grow with the young team, such as Kevin Ollie.

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By: Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-43754 Fri, 02 May 2014 01:47:24 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-43754 I think Boylen can be a solid coach. He helped the Utes program move on to a new era. He’s obviously good if he was on coaching staffs at Michigan University, and working under Greg Popovich and Frank Vogel.

I’m not so sure he’s defensive minded. He blamed that loss to BYU on the offense instead of the defense. A defensive minded coach would have said “We let the other team’s ball go in” instead of “the ball didn’t go in” I want our team to be defense first, and take defensive improvements like the Charlotte Bobcats.

But the main reason I don’t want him is his history with the media and fans in Utah. He’s just not a fit, many Jazz fans will be upset if he get hired. Plus he’ll probably give the team the best chance to win, which means restraining minutes from Enes Kanter.

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By: Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-43412 Thu, 01 May 2014 19:12:45 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-43412 Clint, in a broad sense I tend to agree. It’ll be interesting to see where the Jazz choose to take things.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-43283 Thu, 01 May 2014 16:46:32 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-43283 I think Boylen should be looked at, but personally, I don’t think his credentials or potential compensate for the disastrous PR his hiring would entail in this market. Hiring an assistant coach with a “be brilliant or else” mandate isn’t wise, and the only way Boylen would overcome his history here would be instant brilliance. He might become a solid head coach, but I can’t see it happening here.

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By: Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-42776 Thu, 01 May 2014 05:21:52 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-42776 When I say he’s the frontrunner, at the moment I mean it within the context of respected opinions both locally and nationally. There isn’t a ton in the way of confirmed quotes from within the organization identifying anyone, so that’s the best we can do for now. There have certainly been many “unconfirmed reports” from “team sources” that have identified Boylen as a frontrunner. He would also not be my first choice, for a number of reasons.

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By: Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-42430 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:39:10 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-42430 Agreed. Why would he be the front runner for the job? I doubt that true. Dennis Lindsey is not that stupid.
Here’s a true analogy.

Deron Williams: Jerry Sloan :: Trey Burke: Jim Boylen
The fact is that Trey Burke is THE leader of our team, and that doesn’t work well with Boylen. It’s Boylen’s way, or the highway!

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By: LKA http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-jim-boylen/#comment-42313 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:37:14 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11212#comment-42313 As I stated in another post “Just say no..”

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