Utah Jazz: Owner Ryan Smith weighs in on state of team, coaching search

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith talks about a rebranding effort for the team during the Silicon Slopes Summit in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

On Tuesday Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith sat next to UFC president Dana White on a stage in front of a fireplace inside the Legends Club at Vivint Arena as the two promoted UFC 278, which will be held at the Viv’ on Aug. 20.

But, for the Utah Jazz beat reporter in attendance, the more interesting conversations were to be had after the UFC promotion, when Smith met with a handful of local reporters and fielded questions mostly pertaining to the Jazz.

The first thing I wanted to know was how the search for a new head coach was going and if there was a timeline on finalizing that search. Smith said that the timeline and the decisions were being made by CEO of Jazz basketball Danny Ainge and general manager Justin Zanik.

“I checked in last night and this morning and I think Danny and Justin are doing a great job,” Smith added. “Danny set (the timeline) up in the press conference. I mean, that wasn’t my timeline. He was pretty direct on what that timeline would be. And that’s what he’s here — he’s here to lead and it’s my job to empower him.”

“I think Justin told …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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