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Jazz Notes: Snyder reflects on Coach K’s last game, Jazz’s assistant injured

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NEW ORLEANS — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder remembers a then relatively young Mike Krzyzewski setting up a reel-to-reel film projector.

Snyder was 17 and standing out for his high school team at Mercer Island, Washington; and even then he was impressed with how the famed Duke coach dragged that big spotlight across the country for a home visit.

“He apparently fit on the ceiling – he told me – and there was a wall in our living room that was a good screen, I guess,” Snyder said, recalling the visit. at home decades ago.

Snyder, who would go on to play as a player and coach at Duke, said he wasn’t good enough for anyone to take that kind of hype, let alone a coach who would be considered the best ever. time. But that only helped Snyder realize the type of person Krzyzewski was.

Krzyzewski will coach his last game at Duke on Saturday, and with him many memories.

“He’s been an anchor for so many people,” Snyder said, a bit muffled. “So many players who’ve been there, and we’ve been really lucky to have him, to come together. He gives so much to everyone – and especially his players.”

Snyder said he wished he could be at Cameron Indoor Stadium for Coach K’s final game to be part of his coach, colleague and friend’s celebration, but the Jazz‘s schedule didn’t allow it. .

Still, he’ll be watching from afar, and he might even send a congratulatory text, just like his former coach always does for him.

“He texted me the other day congratulating me on something,” Snyder said. “That’s who he is.”

Nikiel Alexander-Walker returns to New Orleans

For the first time since a pair of trades that sent him to Utah, Nikeil Alexander-Walker returned to where he spent the early years of his NBA career on Friday.

The underused Jazz guard played the final seven minutes of Utah’s blowout at New Orleans, finishing with 7 points and two rebounds in the game.

“He’s a great human being, a great soul, a great spirit, he loves being around his teammates and he’s just a great guy overall,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. . “The Jazz has a great kid with a lot of character who works his cue and just wants to be awesome.”

It has been difficult for Alexander-Walker to break into the rotation; he is a young developing player in a team of veterans. Still, Green thinks his playing style and improvement could help him in Utah.

“I thought he was showing improvement every month,” Green said. “We talked about shooting quality shots and then he really started making plays for his teammates. That sacrifice on his behalf has allowed him to be much better. We wish him all the best throughout his career. and we want to see him do well.”

Jazz assistant Dell Demps injured during warm-up

While helping Udoka Azubuike warm up for Friday’s game, Jazz assistant coach Dell Demps got injured. Coach Snyder said Demps tore his patellar tendon.

Demps was the general manager of New Orleans before joining Snyder’s staff in Utah.

“I feel for him,” Snyder said. “Obviously, to go from managing to coaching, you have to have a lot of passion for coaching, and he has that. We all, me in particular, feel lucky to have him in the team. . And the only thing I know is that he’s going to rehab and he’ll be back soon.”

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