Danny Ainge says Jazz 'desperately' wanted Snyder to stay
Jazz Snyder Leaves Basketball FILE - Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder looks on in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, against the Dallas Mavericks, April 23, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — (AP) — The Utah Jazz face an unexpected search for a new coach. Utah was prepared to enter next season with Quin Snyder at the helm until the head coach unexpectedly stepped down after eight seasons. And I think it’s pretty clear, we desperately wanted him to stay,” team CEO Danny Ainge said during a news conference Monday, a day after Snyder announced he is leaving. “Got to get it right.”Whoever succeeds Snyder will be Utah’s fourth head coach in 34 seasons.wftv.com
Stevens replacing Ainge as team president in Celtics shakeup
Celtics Nets Basketball Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens directs his team against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in New York. Celtics staff were informed Wednesday morning of the moves, which were first reported by ESPN and The Athletic. Ainge has spent the bulk of his NBA career with the Celtics, serving as the team’s president since 2003 and being part of the 1984 and 1986 NBA championship teams in Boston as a player. Stevens spent eight years as Boston’s coach, taking the Celtics to the playoffs the last seven seasons. He is the fourth-winningest coach in team history, behind Red Auerbach, Tom Heinsohn and Doc Rivers.wftv.com
AP source: Stevens to replace Ainge in Celtics' shakeup
Celtics Nets Basketball Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens directs his team against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in New York. ESPN and The Athletic first reported the Ainge and Stevens moves. Stevens spent eight years as Boston’s coach, taking the Celtics to the playoffs the last seven seasons and twice to the Eastern Conference finals. This team that beat us is a very good team. There are very good teams across the East and we have to get better.wftv.com
Celtics plan to play Friday, another Suns game called by NBA
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Miami. Meanwhile, the Indiana at Phoenix game scheduled for Saturday has been called off — the ninth such postponement since the week began. The Suns will not have enough players eligible to play, largely because of contact tracing issues, the NBA said. The Suns and Wizards were both scheduled to play Friday; those games were postponed because of contact-tracing issues. We appreciate the opportunity to play the game we love and when it's taken away for a week or four months that's hard.