Mike Conley Has Quickly Earned Quin Snyder, Team’s Trust

Oct 2, 2019, 3:37 PM | Updated: Oct 3, 2019, 3:06 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mike Conley has earned the respect of his new head coach. Conley has earned Quin Snyder’s trust unusually quick according to Utah Jazz head coach himself.

“It’s unusual that you trust a player so quickly but he’s earned that. That’s who he is,” said Snyder.

Conley is in his first season with the Utah Jazz after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“It means a lot. It means a lot. Especially coming from Quin,” said Conley on earning Snyder’s trust.

The former Grizzlies point guard was traded to the Jazz on June 19, 2019 in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, and draft considerations.

The Jazz guard brings veteran experience at a position the team hasn’t had since trading Deron Williams in 2011.

“He’s got a presence,” said Snyder.

Conley is Memphis’ all-time leader in games played, points, assists, steals, field goals, and 3-pointers.

He led the Grizzlies to the NBA playoffs in seven straight seasons. Memphis reached the Western Conference finals in 2013.

“Saying he’s a smart player sells him short,” said Snyder.


Conley’s High Praise Of Snyder

The former Grizzlies PG has had nothing but good things to say about his new head coach since coming to Utah.

“I consider him one of the best in the business,” said Conley about Snyder.

Since he was hired on June 6, 2014, Snyder has been building the Jazz’s basketball program each season. He’s led the team to playoff berths each of the past three seasons including two trips to the Western Conference semifinals.

“I have a lot of respect for him and what he’s doing here and what he’s built,” said Conley. “I just want to come in and be who I am and hope that’s good enough and you know so far it’s worked.”

The Jazz begin preseason play on Saturday, October 5 when they host the Adelaide 36ers at 7 p.m. (MDT)

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