Queen Snyder has resigned as coach of the NBA’s Utah Jazz after eight seasons on Sunday, reaching every playoff in the last six years without advancing to the conference finals.
Snyder went 372-264 with the Jazz in the regular season and went on to become the second winning head coach in club history, but Utah was a post-season disappointment despite having playmaker Donovan Mitchell and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.
“What drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their willingness to work tirelessly and their dedication to the team and jazz,” Snyder said in a statement announcing his departure.
“I strongly believe that they need a new voice to continue their development. That’s it. There is no philosophical difference, no other reason. Eight years later, I think it’s time to move on. I have to take the time to break up after the season and make sure it was the right decision.
“I just know it’s time.”
The Jazz got an NBA-best 52-20 in the 2020-21 season, the best winning percentage in team history, but lost to the Utah Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the playoffs.
This past season, the Jazz went 49-33 and lost to Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.
“Queen Snyder has embodied jazz basketball for the past eight years,” said Ryan Smith, owner of Jazz. “Every day, Queen’s tireless work ethic and attention to detail is a testament to her professionalism. I have nothing but praise for Quinn and respect for her decision.
Snyder, a 55-year-old American, previously served as assistant coach of the NBA Clippers, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN quoted unnamed source as saying that Jazz All-Star Guard Mitchell, who extended his five-year contract with Jazz to a maximum of 2020, was “surprised and disappointed” as well as “restless” and worried about Snyder’s departure. Means for.
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