If he hadn't clashed with John Stockton when he played for the Jazz late in his career, he may be the ideal candidate. Jackson, who was let go by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, is smart, relates to his players and squeezed the most out of a Warriors roster that almost upset the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Still, you can't clash with Stockton and be accepted as a coaching candidate in this town a decade later.
Utah fans still remember the way Boylen almost burned the Utes program to the ground on his way out of Salt Lake City. Again it's sad because Boylen is arguably the best candidate for the Jazz coaching vacancy. He's a defensive wiz, knows the pro game and would work well with ownership and general manager Dennis Lindsey. Hiring him, however, would cause the Jazz to lose the news conference and lose it big. Just ask colleague Gordon Monson.
He's a guy who wants to return to coaching, but one who doesn't fit at all with this roster. He knows how to coach small-market teams, but he is a retread, and the Jazz probably want to avoid that.
Having just resigned from the Lakers, his teams score and score plenty. But despite being a big name, his last two jobs New York and LA have ended disastrously. And defense would be optional at best. That's not what Lindsey wants.
He's certainly a big name and certainly on the market. But he lost his roster to a degree with the Knicks, and the Jazz would like someone with a fresher outlook.