Music to his ears: Jazz and Layden reunite
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz have hired Scott
Layden as an assistant coach on Wednesday, reuniting him with the team he
helped build into a title contender in the mid 1980’s.
Layden’s last job in the NBA was as President and GM of the New York Knicks,
but he was fired from that post during the 2003-04 season after spending four-
plus years with the team. The move also reunites him with Jerry Sloan, who has
handled Utah’s head coaching duties since the 1988-89 campaign.
“I am really pleased to make this announcement,” said Sloan. “Scott has an
extensive amount of basketball knowledge and will bring a great deal to our
A native New Yorker, Layden spent 18 years with Utah in various capacities
from scout, assistant coach, and vice president of basketball operations.
He is responsible for drafting Future Hall-of-Fame players in point guard John
Stockton (1984) and power forward Karl Malone (1985) in successive drafts. The
two players, along with Sloan, helped solidify a once dismal franchise into a
Layden was also responsible for pulling a trade-deadline deal that brought in
sharpshooter Jeff Hornacek, who teamed up brilliantly with Stockton and
Malone, helping the franchise reach the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals — both
losses to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.
Layden, who is the son of former Utah head coach Frank Layden, has not been on
the bench in 15 years.
The Jazz missed their second straight postseason in 2005 after making the
playoffs in the 20 previous seasons.