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Utah Jazzed Over Snyder As Coach

Players, management and fans are excited about the new era for Utah.

Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood (5) and head coach Quin Snyder during Media Day at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood (5) and head coach Quin Snyder during Media Day at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
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After the English Restoration, James, Duke of York urged his brother, King Charles II to be more assertive.

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But Charles couldn't forget that their father, King Charles I had been executed, and that his younger life saw some drama and trauma. He was not interested in being on the run again.

"Do go about your travels, brother," he told James. "I have already been on mine."

In other words, he'd had enough and was not going to screw up the restoration.

It's not exactly the same for Quin Snyder with the Jazz, but it is somewhat analagous.

Snyder's travels were to a large extent his own decision. He could have taken a more traditional route after flaming out at Missouri and gone to a smaller school like Steve Fisher did when he departed Michigan.

Snyder, for his own reasons, chose a tougher path. He did time in the D-League. He toiled as an assistant with the Sixers and the Lakers. He even went overseas and worked with CSKA Moscow. After a stint with the Hawks, where old teammate Danny Ferry is G.M., Snyder took the Jazz job.

He comes to it with tutelage from Mike Krzyzewski, Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich. He's about as prepped as a new head coach could be.

More importantly, his players are buying in. There seems to be a general sense of great optimism from everyone around the team.

And he has a very promising roster. Rudy Gobert showed his potential in this summer's World Cup. Trevor Booker, Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Dante Exum, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter - that's a really nice group to start with and no one is over 26.