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NBA - US Sports: Snyder opens up on Utah exit

Quinn Snyder says he decided to leave his position as Utah Jazz head coach as he was no longer convinced the organisation was heading in the right direction.

The NBA Finals is ongoing and Boston Celtics can be backed at 10/11 to win the series, while Golden State Warriors are 10/11, with the two teams level at 1-1 after the first two games in San Francisco.

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Snyder was touted as a potential replacement for the sacked Frank Vogel at Los Angeles Lakers but they hired Darvin Ham last week. 

As such, it looked as if Snyder may end up remaining with the Jazz but on Sunday he made the surprise announcement that he had decided to step down.

"I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve," Snyder said on Sunday, via UPI. "That's it. No philosophical differences, no other reason. After eight years, I just feel it is time to move onward.

"I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision."

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Jazz transformed under Snyder watch

Snyder transformed Utah into a team that looked like genuine contenders during his time in charge and they have been in the top six seeds in each of the last six seasons, including claiming the top seed in the Western Conference 2020-21 campaign.

However, the Jazz have never managed to progress beyond the conference semifinals in the playoffs under Snyder and have an overall postseason record of 21-30.  

A rebuild is anticipated this summer prior to as key men Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have been tipped to move on, and Snyder has now revealed he isn't sure he can guide the team any further.

"In the end, I just couldn't see a clear path forward," he told Salt Lake Tribune journalist Gordon Monson on Monday.

Snyder is likely to find another coaching position in the NBA in the not-too-distant future, given his overall winning record of 372-264 with Utah, while the Jazz will begin their hunt for a new coach.

It seems more likely now that both Gobert and Mitchell will depart before the new season gets underway, and there could well be more exits on the cards following Snyder's decision to call time on his stay.

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