Georges Niang was frustrated.

The Utah Jazz power forward had been out of coach Quin Snyder’s rotation for a few weeks. He wasn’t playing. He didn’t know when or where his next minutes were going to come from. The Jazz had just signed Jeff Green in free agency, and as one of the most respected veterans in the league, Green was soaking up minutes and reps that would have otherwise gone to Niang.

One day after practice, Snyder sought out Niang. He told him to stay engaged. Stay ready. Stay with the normal routine. Stay watching film and keep working to get better. It wasn’t an explanation. It was more a pep talk without a promise that his situation would change in any meaningful way.

But it was something that proved to be valuable to the person it mattered most.

Niang.

“Coaches don’t owe you a conversation when you aren’t in their rotation,” Niang told The Athletic. “Most wouldn’t…





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