The Utah Jazz are reportedly going to reach out to former point guard John Stockton regarding their vacant head coaching position, per ESPN.
Could John Stockton possibly be the next head coach of the Utah Jazz?
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ESPN's Marc Stein reports on May 14 that Stockton is one of 20 candidates the Jazz are going to consider to replace Tyrone Corbin, whose contract was not renewed by the team last month:
"The Utah Jazz, as part of a broad coaching search expected to feature some 20 candidates, plan to reach out to Jazz legend John Stockton to gauge whether he has any interest in the position, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
"Sources told ESPN.com that Jazz officials intend to at least pose the question to the Hall of Fame guard about his willingness to move into coaching, while mindful of Stockton's lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that he has long loathed the sort of spotlight associated with the job.
"Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, declined comment Tuesday night about Stockton or any other prospective candidates when reached by ESPN.com."
The Deseret News' Jody Genessy was able to get a general comment from Lindsey, however:
"Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey wouldn't talk about specific names when reached by the Deseret News and ESPN on Tuesday. He did say that Utah's management is 'getting closer' to reaching out to potential candidates.
"'We're just in the middle of our diligence,' Lindsey said. 'I'm optimistic, and I think there's a good talent pool of coaches available.'"
Stein then goes on to mention several other candidates the Jazz may be eyeing.
"Since Corbin's dismissal in April, San Antonio Spurs assistant and former University of Utah coach Jim Boylen has been widely mentioned as the leading candidate to take over, given his longstanding ties to Lindsey and after they worked together in Houston and the fact that no less an authority than Spurs coach Gregg Popovich brought Boylen in as his top assistant this season to replace two top aides who got head coaching jobs, Atlanta's Mike Buldenhozer and Philadelphia's Brett Brown.
"Other candidates who have been mentioned include Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, current Jazz assistant Brad Jones, former Missouri (Tigers) coach and veteran NBA assistant Quin Snyder (who worked with Lindsey in San Antonio) and European coaching legend Ettore Messina.
"ESPN.com reported last month that the Jazz are regarded around the league as one of the few teams that would give bona fide consideration to breaking the NBA's European barrier and hiring a head coach who wasn't reared in the United States, with both Lindsey and Jazz assistant general manager Justin Zanik known to be Messina fans."
Stein also discusses Stockton's fit for the Jazz head coaching job.
"The assumption in coaching circles is that Stockton, who was fiercely private as a player and has remained so in retirement, would balk at the media demands on coaches as much as anything about the job.
"But Stockton is also seen in some corners as a coaching natural after spending 19 seasons, all with the Jazz, as a peerless coach on the floor who ranks No. 1 in league history with 15,806 career assists."
Last November, Stockton told Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune he's more interested in coaching his 12-year-old son Sam than in the professional ranks.
The Jazz legend quipped,"I wouldn't rule anything out, but I'm enjoying what I'm doing. It would be impossible if I had a job like coaching."
The 52-year-old Stockton, a 10-time NBA All-Star who played in 19 NBA seasons, averaged 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 2.2 assists per game, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
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