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Wojnarowski famous that Demps determined to transition to teaching after getting fired by the Pelicans final yr. In preparation, Demps attended Jazz practices and took part in conferences with Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and the remainder of the employees.
From 2007-10, Demps was the final supervisor of the NBA G League’s Austin Toros, and Snyder served because the staff’s head coach throughout that point.
Demps was employed as GM of the Pelicans franchise in 2010, and through his 9 years as basic supervisor, New Orleans reached the playoffs thrice. His most notable transfer as GM was deciding on Anthony Davis with the No. 1 total choose within the 2012 NBA draft.
Whereas Demps has by no means coached, his standing as a former participant means he ought to command on the spot respect from present gamers in his new function.
Demps starred collegiately at Pacific, and though he went undrafted in 1992, he managed to carve out a short profession as an NBA participant. Over the course of three seasons, he appeared in 20 video games for the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.
The Lengthy Seashore, California, native additionally performed professionally everywhere in the world, together with stints in France, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, the Philippines and Venezuela.
Demps will be a part of a Jazz staff that has been constantly stable throughout Snyder’s tenure. Utah missed the playoffs in his first two seasons on the helm, however the Jazz have certified for the postseason in every of the previous 4 campaigns.
Snyder is 271-211 with two playoff collection wins within the troublesome Western Convention, though they blew a 3-1 collection lead within the first spherical of this yr’s playoffs in opposition to the Denver Nuggets.
Whereas the Jazz have been unable to get previous the second spherical of the playoffs underneath Snyder, a core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is robust, and it’s comprehensible why Demps needed an opportunity to affix the group.