As Quin Snyder walked into the media room at the Zions Bank basketball campus on Monday afternoon, the usually spirited Snyder walked slowly on crutches. After undergoing offseason hip surgery last week, Snyder took a break from full rehab to meet the media after the end of the year.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Utah’s season ended badly, losing to the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs. But as questions and rumors began to pile up regarding the status of the team — including Snyder — and Utah’s offseason plans, the Jazz remained vague on the whole subject.
But on Monday, clarification was made regarding Snyder, one of the NBA’s most sought-after and respected coaches.
“My family loved it here. … Don’t judge my time, I love it here,” he said with a smile. “The experience has been and continues to be a great experience. I have the privilege of coaching a group of players, I’m constantly reminded of that throughout the year. …From an ownership perspective , I appreciate the things that Ryan (Smith) is doing and his vision for the franchise, working with Justin (Zanik) and Danny (Ainge) has been great.”
Before Snyder really decides on his future and what comes next, he wanted to make sure he praised the Jazz last season. From the coaching staff to the players and everyone else involved, this year has been as tricky as ever. Somehow, Utah held together, won a Northwest Division title for the second straight season, and sent two players to the All-Star Game.
“Every year is different,” Snyder said. “Basically the process is similar, the common thread is your initial thinking and the emotion that comes with processing your season over. I really believe we needed a spark, got a chance to do something special, but it just didn’t happen.”
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Snyder wasn’t the only one discussing the future of Jazz.
General Manager Justin Zanik met the media just over a week ago, reiterating how successful this group has been as a collective for the umpteenth time.
“I think Donovan and Rudy, along with some of our other players, are extremely important to the success of this organization,” Zanik said. “When you talk about building a championship home, it doesn’t just exist on a foundation, it also exists on everything else. These two are three-time all-stars, consecutive all-stars, Defensive Player of the Year. , all the NBA candidates. And every time we can add to that, complement that, strengthen that — because this competition is a team game, and they’ve been huge contributors for us.
He spoke of star players such as Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, praising them for their success on the pitch and their ability to cut off the outside world over false accusations. He spoke about Snyder, calling him one of the best coaches in the game and believing the best is yet to come for the eight-year-old head coach.
“Quin Snyder is one of the best coaches in the NBA,” added Zanik. “There is no other partner I would rather have as a coach and as a leader of our players and as a partner in our front office than Quin Snyder.”