The Jazz needed an Assistant GM. Almost every other team in the league has one. Utah did not and I think that cam down to two factors: 1) Jerry Sloan was heavily involved in personnel evaluations and decisions; 2) Utah had very little roster turnover each year. When you're only looking at perhaps 3-4 roster spots each season and two of those will be filled by your draft picks, you (as in Greg/Larry H. Miller) can go cheap on the management side, especially with a coach who demands major involvement.
However, next season will be completely different. Jazz only have a few guaranteed contracts. Major negotiations may/may not happen with Al and Paul. The reason Lindsey was given the title of "GM" is because he was an assistant GM with SA. Jazz would have not been granted permission to speak with him if the move was lateral. However, once KOC was given his fancy new title, that opened up the GM job for Lindsey. Because of it being a promotion, Spurs had to give permission for Lindsey to interview. Well, at least teams are pretty strongly advised NOT to interfere if someone is offered a chance at a promotion.
My take on the Lindsey hire was that KOC had said some harsh things about Paul Milsap's agent after Paul signed the Portland Posion Offer. There are probably others agents that were miffed at KOC and had no other contact within the Jazz organization. I thought that Lindsey was brought in to talk with agents when KOC couldn't. Its a great way to negotiate--good guy/bad guy or car salesman and floor manager. the Millers would understand that set-up.
Mellow: Skipping Steps since 1994.
This was disheartening.
So next time our team sucks and we're disappointed the team can't make any moves, just take a look around and point that finger back at yourselves because the JazzFanz populace has, once again, thwarted genius on the part of KOC.
Honestly, it's amazing that over the years the FO has insinuated how clueless the fans are to how things run, but now he turns around to further insinuate that those same ignorant fans and radio idiots are handcuffing his master plans?
Don't most teams leak info about trades.
They know the media will report it immediately.
Have to think they even do it on purpose for various reasons.
How come KOC doesn't point the finger at all teams.
The best part of the interview was the talk about the cap, and how the Jazz might be in a really good position if they save their cap space through to next season's trade deadline. This was complemented by the talk of not making a trade where you take on salary that makes future deals impossible. If this is the tack the Jazz are taking, they're dong the right thing. I think it's unlikely they make a deal this season that adds salary next season unless they're blown away. Further, I think it's unlikely they sign mediocre players to long deals this summer that would hurt their flexibility when teams are scrambling to get under the LT line next season. Maybe I'm only hearing what I want to hear, but the interview certainly reminded me of how good the Jazz FO has been and likely will continue to be.
But if the CBA will allow the team to just go into the next season with a bunch of cap space then the Jazz might just let Al walk, and go into next season with a small payroll. Then they could pull all kinds of deals next year and take back whatever they wanted.
Lots of options.
Mellow: Skipping Steps since 1994.