The Dallas Mavericks have made a massive defensive improvement this year to finish in the top ten in the defensive classification. First-year head coach Jason Kidd got a ton of credit, but assistant coach Sean Sweeney was the team’s defensive coordinator and helped devise the plan.
Sweeney has toured the NBA. He had his first chance under Jason Kidd in Brooklyn in 2013. The 37 -year -old spent only a season with the Nets before joining Kidd in Milwaukee. After four years with the Bucks, Sweeney spent three years in Detroit before joining Kidd in Dallas last summer. He spent nine years as an assistant, but the defensive coordinator of the MAVs gains in consideration for concerts of head coach.
Sweeney interviewed with the Charlotte Hornets in May but failed to make the three finalists. Following Quin Snyder’s resignation earlier this month, the Utah Jazz have interviewed a massive slate of candidates, including Sweeney, and the Mavericks assistant will have a second interview, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Charania reported that the Jazz would bring back 15 candidates for a second interview for one of two open head coaching gigs after Kenny Atkinson turned down the Hornets job to stay with the Golden State Warriors. Frank Vogel and Terry Stotts are the only two previous head coaches on Utah’s list.
Jason Terry, former Mavericks guard and current Grand Rapids Gold head coach, joins Sweeney on the list of candidates receiving their second interview with the Jazz. Alternate Governor and CEO Danny Ainge doesn’t seem close to deciding who will coach the Jazz next season, and Utah doesn’t seem to be in a rush, despite the draft and dwindling free agency over the next two weeks.
Sean Sweeney will soon have his chance as NBA head coach. The 37-year-old has proven the impact he can have in Dallas this season, and it will be interesting to see how close he gets to landing the head coaching job at Utah. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.