Utah Jazz adds longtime NBA assistant Irv Roland to its coaching staff


The Utah Jazz have been working diligently to upgrade the staff around head coach Quin Snyder this offseason. First of all, they added Erdem Can from the Turkish league. Yesterday they brought longtime NBA assistant Irv Roland into their braintrust.

Roland last worked for the Houston Rockets from 2017 to 2019. In 2018, he was on Mike D’Antoni’s Western Conference Finals staff. He will bring valuable and high-stakes NBA experience to Coach Snyder’s team.

Roland has made a name for himself in the NBA with his talent for individual player development. He worked with Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Kyrie Irving and of course, James Harden. Utah Jazz are hoping Roland can help guide star goalie Donovan Mitchell through another, and perhaps a final, leap forward in his development.

More than just a basketball spirit, Roland is dedicated to social activism. George Floyd’s murder would have awakened a latent feeling of indignation in Roland, who has since participated in protests against police brutality, and even organized food drives for the families of the victims.

That kind of experience is as valuable to Utah Jazz as any field advice it can offer. Roland has a duty to contribute to the cause of guiding young men in their development as players and individuals, a role that the best coaches in the NBA accept with enthusiasm. At Irv Roland, the Jazz have hired the kind of mentor successful NBA teams need.

Roland made his NBA debut with the Boston Celtics in 2004, helping with video analysis. Since then, the 39-year-old has held a position in the NBA more often. His recent hire by Utah Jazz contributes to an already impressive resume for the young man, both on and off the field.

Roland will get his first practice preview in Salt Lake City on October 4, when the Utah Jazz host the San Antonio Spurs in preseason action.

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