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The Downbeat - 10 February 2017 - #2032 - ATL + Quin Snyder Edition

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Atlanta Hawks’ players and organization heap praise upon Quin Snyder.

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The Uniform Apocalypse is upon us. Ads are coming and they can’t be stopped. The Brooklyn Nets released their sponsor and it destroys their uniform color palette.

This switch to ads is understandable but unfair. If you’re a sponsor wouldn’t you want to do something that would blend in with the uniform? Would they want to incentivize jersey sales to have their unholy and satanic corporate logo clean and crisp with the uniform to have even more people purchase it and spread the good word about whatever Infor is?

The other sad trade off is the NBA is finally partnering with Nike next year. Ads on jerseys has become a terrible would you rather game.

Would you rather have terrible Adidas sleeved jerseys and no ads

OR

Would you rather have crisp Nike apparel and have LES OLSON Company plastered across the front?

Our retired fearless leader punned weighed in:

This is your daily reminder that the Utah Jazz are a defensive juggernaut and are a force to be reckoned with.

This is your daily reminder that the Utah Jazz are a defensive juggernaut and are a force to be reckoned with and have room for improvement.

Jody Genessy has an awesome article, “Coach Bud, Paul Millsap heap praise on Jazz coach Quin Snyder,” right now on the Deseret News about Quin Snyder’s ties to the Atlanta Hawks organization. Here’s some quick hits of that piece:

“He just has a very creative mind from an offensive standpoint. I would say individual skill development too,” Budenholzer said. “I think he’s very creative and helped a lot of our players just grow in their own ball-handling, pick-and-roll setup, using screens. He’s very, very good. He had a big impact in that year.”

Former Jazz forward Paul Millsap agrees.

“We were pretty close when he was here. For both of us, we see the game completely different than a lot of people,” Millsap said. “I was one of those guys he could come talk to about whatever and actually understand what he’s talking about. I think that relationship was pretty good and pretty important.”

If anybody needs a lesson in Quin Snyder’s relentless detail on the x’s and o’s just look at Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, Gordon Hayward’s improvement over the past 3 years, or Quin’s short leash on Exum. He demands perfection. Once you achieve perfection Quin expects Demi-God like play night in and night out.

Quin Snyder is Terrance Fletcher from Whiplash. He demands a lot (albeit without the physical and verbal abuse) but he’ll be there for your moment in the sun under the bright lights.

Speaking of Quin Snyder’s perfectionist coaching let’s move to Exum who by all accounts of those looking from the outside is having a rough season. Exum’s numbers—5.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.6 APG— are not the type that you’d write home about especially taking his #5 draft spot in a draft that has yielded Zach LaVine, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins.

Exum has been in and out of the lineup having to watch Raul Neto, Shelvin Mack, and Alec Burks take over time at the backup PG spot that in preseason seemed to be his. But since Rodney Hood’s injury the light has turned on for Exum. In the month of February Exum is averaging a PER 36 of 18 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.5 APG with a +/- of +6.4. He’s learning.

Quin Snyder had this to say of the youngster courtesy of Aaron Falk of the SL Tribune:

"What he's been doing is really, really working hard and I think he's been committed to the process of his development and not getting hung up on the things he can't control.

Sometimes for players, especially young players, they want to have it all mapped out. Even if you want it that way, it rarely works that way. I think he's embraced some of the adversity that he's going through as a player. When guys do that, they grind, it feels good to see him have some success."

76ers fans might have #TrustTheProcess but we Utah fans #TrustTheSnarl of Quin Snyder.