Report: Jazz Coach Diop Joins Rockets Bench

Nov 24, 2020, 10:10 AM | Updated: 10:24 am
Utah Jazz assistant coach DeSegana Diop (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)...
Utah Jazz assistant coach DeSegana Diop (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Another Utah Jazz assistant coach is taking a job offer with a rval NBA team. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, DeSagana Diop will leave the Jazz and join Stephen Silas staff with the Houston Rockets.

Silas was hired by the Rockets in late October and has now hired two assistantswith ties to the Jazz. In addition to Diop, longtime Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek joined the Rockets bench.

“Another big man headed to Houston: Former NBA center DeSagana Diop has joined Stephen Silas’ coaching staff,” MacMahon tweeted. “Diop had been a Jazz assistant coach the last four years.”

Diop, the former eighth overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002 played 12 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2013. The Senegalese center had career averages of 2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.4 assists during his stints in Cleveland, Dallas, New Jersey, and Charlotte.

Diop is the latest of several Snyder assistant coaches to leave this offseason. Earlier this month Zach Guthrie accepted a job with the Dallas Mavericks, while assistant coach Johnnie Bryant was hired by the New York Knicks during the Jazz playoff run in the Orlando bubble.

Despite the losses, the Jazz have added three new faces to Snyder’s staff. In September the Jazz added former new Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps to Snyder staff. Longtime NBA veteran guard Keyon Dooling also joined the team.

In October the team hired Sergi Oliva, an analytics expert to join the team after leaving the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff.

The NBA regular season is set to open on December 22, while training camp gets underway in early December.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz forward Ochai Agbaji defends Dallas Maveicks guard Spencer Dinwiddie...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Defense Stifles Shorthanded Mavericks

The Utah Jazz played one of their best defensive games of the season and held off the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 at Vivint Arena. 
2 days ago
Utah Jazz forward Jarred Vanderbilt...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Survive Late Push From Dallas Mavericks

The Utah Jazz survived a late score from the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks and walked away with a 108-100 win.
2 days ago
Chandler Holt

Malik Beasley Hits Impossible Fading Three To Beat Shot Clock

In the fourth quarter against Dallas, Malik Beasley hit a tough fading jumpshot to beat the shot clock and give the Jazz a 20-point lead.
2 days ago
Brian Preece

Rookie Walker Kessler Having Monster Performance Against Dallas Mavericks

Walker Kessler has been everything Will Hardy could ask for and more in his rookie season, making an impact on both ends for the Utah Jazz.
2 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Travis Scott, The Game Sit Courtside For Mavericks-Jazz Game

NFL Draft prospects Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud and artists Travis Scott and The Game, sat courtside for a Utah Jazz game.
2 days ago
Brian Preece

Utah Jazz Open Up Big First Half Lead Over Dallas Mavericks

SALT LAKE CITY – Leading by 11 already, the Jazz needed 41 seconds to go on a 7-0 run, increasing their lead over the Mavericks to 55-39. The Jazz (25-26) are hosting the Luka Dončić-less Dallas Mavericks (26-24) at Vivint Arena on Saturday, January 28. now that was a 𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚔 of art 🎨 pic.twitter.com/pmmnWGDE5N — Utah […]
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Report: Jazz Coach Diop Joins Rockets Bench