Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Utah Jazz to interview Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News

Published: Wed, May 14 11:50 p.m. MDT

 Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Adrian Griffin is seen Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Adrian Griffin is seen Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

(Morry Gash, AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — The first candidate to be interviewed for the Utah Jazz’s head coaching vacancy won’t be John Stockton, Jim Boylen, Ettore Messina or any of the other names most often tossed into the rumor mill.

It will be, rather, Adrian Griffin.

The Deseret News received confirmation of a Yahoo Sports report Wednesday that Chicago has granted the Jazz permission to interview Griffin. The 39-year-old has been Tom Thibodeau’s assistant with the Bulls since 2010 after spending two seasons on the Milwaukee Bucks’ staff under Scott Skiles.

Griffin, who interviewed for the Philadelphia Sixers and Detroit Pistons jobs last offseason, played for five different teams during a nine-season NBA career that spanned from 1999 in Boston to 2008 in Seattle. He played for Houston in 2003-04 during a time when Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was in the Rockets’ front office.

Griffin was reported to be the lead candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening in the aftermath of Mike Brown's dismissal, according to USA Today.

With most NBA executives in Chicago for this week’s draft combine, the Jazz are likely to be active in both player scouting and with coach interviews.

Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder, now an assistant in Atlanta, is another candidate who continues to intrigue the Jazz, according to a source.

It was also reported Wednesday by Yahoo that the Jazz are among several teams interested in former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

LUCKY CHARM: In hopes of moving up from their current No. 4 draft spot, the Jazz will send Miller Inspiration president Bryan Miller, son of team owner Gail Miller and the late Larry H. Miller, to represent the organization at the draft lottery on May 20 (6 p.m. MT, ESPN).

Miller will be on the stage at the Disney/ABC Times Square Studios in New York when the lottery results are announced. Jazz president Randy Rigby and general manager Dennis Lindsey will also be in attendance.

Utah can finish anywhere from No. 1-7 depending on how the lottery’s pingpong balls bounce. The Jazz, who won a tiebreaker to get the fourth spot over No. 5 Boston, have a 10.4 percent chance of winning the No. 1 position and 33.69 percent odds of drafting in the top three.

Interestingly, the Jazz only have a 9.85 percent probability of remaining in the fourth position, but they have 37.39 percent odds of finishing in the No. 5 spot.

Any of the 14 teams in the lottery can move up to the 1-3 spots, and it’s possible teams like the Jazz can fall three positions if three teams leapfrog them in the lottery.

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1. Jazz Source
Alpine, UT,
May 14, 2014

Obviously don't know much about Griffins ability to lead players but at least we know he has been in a system that actually holds accountability on defense and knows how to enforce it amongst players.

One needs to look no further than the $75 million towel waver named Boozer on the Bulls bench at the end of games. All too often they can't put their big $ player on the floor because he can't/wont defend. That is putting your money where your mouth is.

That is defense that lives up to the billing.

Speaking of Boozer...he might get amnestied. Te-he-he-he!

Karma baby!

2. Concinnity
Richfield, UT,
May 14, 2014

I would hope from the Corbin experience that Jazz management would learn the folly of hiring former middle of the road NBA players who have no head coaching experience. It's possible they might succeed, but the odds aren't in their favor.

It's much better to hire a proven winner... either as an outstanding NBA player (such as John Stockton or Jeff Hornacek) or someone who has already proven himself as a productive head coach. Jazz management didn't do that last time and the results weren't good. Let's not go down that same road again.

3. Osgrath
Provo, UT,
May 15, 2014

Maybe our friend from Richfield can explain how a player's skill level translates into being a good head coach. His description of a middle-of-the road NBA player with no head coaching experience describes Phil Jackson when elevated to the Chicago head coaching position exactly. I'm also pretty sure people would have frothed at the mouth had the Jazz landed Steve Kerr, a middle-of-the-road NBA who has absolutely no coaching experience of any kind.

Of course, it is so easy to call for John Stockton despite the fact that nobody knows if he even wants the job. He likes his privacy (imagine a post-game press conference with Coach Stockton), and has never expressed interest in another full-time gig.

Furthermore, let's not assume they are hiring Griffin anyway. He is evidently their first interview - I think they will probably talk to a bunch of potential hires - including St. John. I'm not worried.

4. Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut,
May 15, 2014

JOHN STOCKTON. He was a great player, loyal to one team, a gentleman. We need a John Stockton!

5. Doug10
Roosevelt, UT,
May 15, 2014

Adrian is their first interview and they are going to try out their questions on him so they don't sound silly when they interview a candidate with qualifications.

The name Stockton should not be brought up again in this paper as he has told the Jazz he has zero interest in coaching their team. Sadly some fans think because he was a typical Sloan player and did well in SLC that he will somehow morph into a good coach.

First of all most teams and fans are not living more than a decade in the past, the Jazz fans hold onto the good old years more than Chicago holds onto Jordan and Phil Jackson and they won it all more than once.

Karl Malone as a big man coach this year was abysmal. Michael Jordan as a coach was ridiculous as was Isiah Thomas and Larry Bird one of the greatest almost hit mediocrity before he bailed on coaching.

Did anyone ever hear of Poppovich winning a title as a player? He seems without peer as a coach. Back to Adrian and if he is as good as Lindsay can find I am sdisappointed.