3 Coaches Who Could Be Fired After Kings Part With Luke Walton

Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
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3. Quin Synder

Now, this isn’t an indictment on Quin Synder, who is in his eighth season coaching the Utah Jazz. He has done a good job, leading the team to the postseason five straight years and being well on their way to making it for a sixth.

But, the Jazz team has struggled to carry their regular-season success over into the postseason. Utah had the best record in the NBA during the 2020-21 season but lost in the second round of the playoff against an undermanned LA Clippers team.

With the series tied at two games apiece and the Clippers losing Kawhi Leonard to a knee injury, the Jazz was in a great spot to make it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2007. But, the Clippers won the next two games, eliminating the Jazz.

Synder isn’t likely on the hot seat, but this could be a situation similar to what the Portland Trail Blazers went through with Terry Stotts. Stotts had regular-season success, consistently qualifying for the postseason, but found limited success in the playoffs.

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The same thing could occur with Synder, who has a record of 19-26 in the postseason. If the Jazz can’t make some noise in the postseason this season, a change could be on the horizon in the offseason.

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