Let's just assume for purposes of this exercise that Dennis Lindsey realizes that Ty is one of the worst coaches in the league and has only kept him on this season for the tank. He already has a grand master plan to bring in a genius coach to help the Jazz rise to Championship Contender status.
So, with those assumptions, I would hope that SLC Dunk will publish an open letter to whomever the Jazz bring in as Ty's replacement. I think that we should all start contributing our ideas to what should be included in that open letter so that Amar et al. will have a lot of our input at hand while crafting this blog's advice to the new coach.
To get it started, here are the points I'd like to emphasize:
- Please don't listen to the Jazz PR department. Listen to your stat sheets and basketball eyes/instincts. Just lay down the law in this regard, and trust in your impressive basketball-coaching skills to lead this team to victories.
- Ignore whatever you've heard about Kanter and Favors playing together. You're a smart guy (presumably), so craft an offense and defense that cater to their different skills and deficiencies, and for goodness' sake play them together. They both have elite skills, but those skills are very different from each other, so us fans are counting on the coach to devise a system that puts them to good use and rides that duo to victories.
- Burks is one of the best in the league at taking the ball to the hoop and either scoring or drawing a foul. So please start him and create plays that let him do that. If he isn't the centerpiece of your offense, then at least draw up loads of plays that focus on him. He is too good a scorer to not be getting at least 36 minutes a night and taking at least 15 shots. And until someone can prove better at scoring than him, he should be starting.
- Please play Gordon Hayward at SF. That will allow him to play more with Burks, which is good. Having Trey and Gordon on the floor to create space for Alec, both of whom are capable passers and can hit Mr. Burks on his cuts to the basket, will create a lot of points for you, if you design plays for it. And once defenses start keying in on Burks ability to get to the basket and have defenses collapse on him, it is your job as coach to teach him how to pass it back out for the corner three.
- Encourage the youth. Tell them they are awesome. Demand that the PR department stop pinning all the failures on them, and that they instead be attributed to them all our successes . Encourage Kanter's rebounding, Favor's rabid defense, Alec's swag, all of which have fallen off as a result of what appears to be discouragement and oppressive coaching.
- Get John Stockton and Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan involved with your players early and often. Consider making Karl Malone a permanent assistant coach and have him working with the bigs at every single practice.
- Teach every player how to set a Stockton/Malone pick. Our players need to get the reputation that Stockton and Malone had: you don't want to try running through one of their picks because you'll regret it if you do.
- Play the youth. Bench the mercenary vets who have no future with our franchise.