Quin Snyder drops first battle with mentor Mike Brown

Quin Snyder drops first battle with mentor Mike Brown

OAKLAND -- The teacher remains the teacher.

Warriors fill-in head coach Mike Brown is very familiar with the man sitting opposite the chess board from him in Golden State’s second round playoff matchup against the Utah Jazz. Brown hired Jazz frontman Quin Snyder as an assistant in 2011 when he was coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The two weren’t together long. The lockout wiped out all but 66 games of the 2011-12 season, but the duo spent plenty of time talking hoops during the layoff.

“It was a privilege working with him,” Snyder said. “At that point, the opportunity he gave me was one that was a terrific opportunity.”

Snyder left before the start of the 2012-13 season. Brown lasted just five games into the year before he was relieved of his duties. It was a brief moment of time, but both men spoke highly of each other before game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals game on Tuesday evening.

“He’s one of the best human beings that I’ve been around,” Snyder said of Brown. “It was a privilege and a pleasure to work for him. That year for me was a year full of growth, and it was a very rewarding year.”

Brown has been in and out of the league since their time in LA. He coached Cleveland during the 2013-14 before stepping away from the NBA for two years. He joined Steve Kerr’s staff during the summer to replace the departed Luke Walton. With Kerr ailing, Brown stepped in to run the Warriors on temporary basis.

Snyder took over the helm of the Jazz before the 2014-15 season. He’s quickly built a winner in year three, leading Utah to a 51-win season and their first playoff series win since 2010.

“He’s a great communicator, that was something that working with him, even when he was an assistant coach, you can pick up on very easily,” Brown said. “Just being around him - his demeanor’s great. Guys are drawn to him and then he knows his stuff.”

A disciple of the great Mike Krzyzewski, Snyder has his players all going the same direction. He is a players coach with a bright future ahead of him.

“Guys all seem to want to play for one another and all that usually comes from the foundation that the coach lays, especially if he’s got the right group of guys,” Brown said. “So I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for Quin.”

The Warriors jumped all over the upstart Jazz early in the game. Snyder’s Utah team stayed close through the third quarter, but in the end, Golden State ran away with the 106-94 victory.

Brown has the advantage of coaching a team that’s made two straight Finals appearances, including an NBA Championship win in 2015. His club is favored to take home another ring this season and in the series opener, he pushed all the right buttons.

Snyder’s group is learning on the fly. They kept attacking the Warriors from start to finish, but winning a game at Oracle Arena is going to be a tall task.

Game 1 goes to the mentor. Snyder will need to be a quick study if he hopes to best Brown and avoid an early exit in Round Two.


Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout


Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron


Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller