Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry celebrates during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Eric Gay, AP
Longtime NBA player Jason Terry, who is now head coach of the NBA G League’s Grand Rapids Gold, has been reported to be a candidate for the Utah Jazz’s open head coaching position, and last week, he addressed that topic in a wide-ranging interview with reporter Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson.
Terry confirmed that he did indeed interview for the job and said he had “a great conversation” with Jazz CEO Danny Ainge, GM Justin Zanik and other members of Utah’s front office.
“Their process, their search, is well-rounded,” Terry said of a search that has been reported to include around 15 candidates.
“A lot of great candidates, but obviously I have to put myself above the rest.”
Terry made a case for himself as a mentor and player developer thanks to his variety of experiences in high-level basketball, from playing to coaching to management.
“(The Jazz) organization has been first class since I’ve known it, for the 19 years I played and after, and I can tell they’re headed in the right direction,” he said.
“They’ve got a great core nucleus of guys and talent that speaks for itself. They’ve been the class of the Western Conference, though they haven’t won a championship yet or been to the NBA Finals, I just think they’re the right voice away, and hopefully I can be that voice for them.”
Robinson then asked Terry what he likes about Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, and Terry pointed to Mitchell’s ability to score, and said an “underrated” part of Mitchell’s game is his ability to facilitate.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News
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