Quin Snyder guided the Utah Jazz to six consecutive playoff appearances, was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year last season and won nearly 60% of his games with the franchise.

And he decided enough was enough.

Snyder resigned as Jazz coach on Sunday, ending an eight-year streak of regular-season success, but the team never made it past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure.

Snyder released a statement through the team, part of which simply said “it’s about time.”

“At the heart, and what drives me every day, are our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve, and their dedication to the team and the Jazz,” Snyder said. “I think they need a new voice to keep evolving. That’s it. No philosophical difference, no other reason. After eight years, I feel it’s time to move on. I needed to take the time to detach myself after the season and make sure it was the right decision.

He went 372-264 with the Jazz, his .585 winning percentage ranking 18th among NBA coaches who have worked for at least that long. He is one of only two coaches to have a winning record with the Jazz, Jerry Sloan being the other.

His decision means the Jazz will have a fourth coach in 33 years at the start of next season. Sloan was followed by Tyrone Corbin, who was followed by Snyder.

“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” said Jazz owner Ryan Smith. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.

Snyder has been Coach of the Month four times, with the most recent of those awards coming last February. The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the 2020-21 season, but couldn’t get past the Western Conference semifinals – part of a run where the team lost five of their six last playoffs.

And this season simply fell apart: Utah appeared to be a title contender for part of the season, starting 7-1 and standing 26-9 when the schedule moved to 2022. That all changed. somewhere along the way; the Jazz had three separate losing streaks of at least four games, and in games played after Jan. 1, it was only 25-28.

The first-round ousting continued a troubling Utah trend of regular-season success never translating to the playoffs. The Jazz were 21-30 in the playoffs under Snyder, losing three times in the first round and losing in the second round in their other three playoff appearances during his tenure.

Utah becomes the second team in the league with a current coaching opening, Charlotte being the other. And that makes Snyder’s immediate future uncertain.

He was mentioned as a possible candidate for some jobs that were open – the Los Angeles Lakers, for example, a job that ended up going to longtime assistant Darvin Ham. Snyder was even considered a potential future candidate for a job that hasn’t been opened in more than a quarter-century, that of San Antonio held by NBA winning leader Gregg Popovich.

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“I loved my time with Quin,” jazz center Rudy Gobert at the end of this season. “We’re always going to talk about a lot of things, especially when you have disappointing endings like we’ve had this season.”

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell offered even more enthusiastic praise for Snyder.

“I love Quin. I love Quin. Love Quin,” Mitchell said after Utah’s first-round ouster. “He’s a guy who gave me an opportunity when I got here and who trusted me, believed in me. I think he’s a guy that’s been talked about so much and he’s been stubborn, he’s been consistent throughout the year.

The coaching change could be the first step in an offseason of major changes for the Jazz.

Gobert owes $85 million over the next two years, and has a player option of $46.6 million for the 2025-26 season. Mitchell owes $67.5 million for the next two seasons, followed by a $37 million player option. Their relationship has been strained at times, dating back at least to the start of the pandemic, when Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 and Mitchell tested positive a day later. And speculation has been rife ever since about whether a dynamic goalscorer like Mitchell and a dominant defender like Gobert can be the kind of 1-2 punch that leads a championship team.

Both will be interested if the Jazz choose to make them available on the commercial market – and it’s not out of the question that either or both players could also request a move.

“There are things that could change,” Mitchell admitted at the end of the season. “I’m not ready to discuss it, to be honest with you right now. Mentally, I’m not in that state of mind to be completely honest with you. I really am not. To me, that sucks.

The first change has arrived. Snyder is gone.

“Thank you to our ever supportive and passionate fans,” Snyder said. “We only want the best for you and to see you raise a championship banner.”

Kobe Bryant’s rookie playoff jersey sold for $2.7 million

Laguna Niguel, California. – A jersey worn by Kobe Bryant during his rookie season, including two playoff games, sold at auction for $2.73 million.

SCP Auctions said on Sunday that the buyer wished to remain anonymous, as did the seller, who had owned the jersey for 25 years. David Kohler of SCP Auctions had estimated that the jersey for the 1996-97 season would fetch between $3 million and $5 million.

Another of Bryant’s rookie jerseys cost $3.69 million last year. This autographed, game-worn yellow jersey fetched the highest price ever for a basketball jersey.

The winning bidder this time acquired the No. 8 jersey Bryant wore for the Los Angeles Lakers in regular season victories at the Old Forum on April 13, 1997, against Utah and April 17, 1997, against Sacramento. The authenticity of the jersey was verified by independent authenticators, who photo-matched it, Kohler said.

Bryant was killed on January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash in California that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.