Joe Ingles says he owes Quin Snyder his renewed enjoyment for basketball
After starting to play basketball at a young age, Joe Ingles had a lot of success with the sport he chose, as he was selected to play in different competitive leagues growing up, and was even one of the most recruited players out of high school in Australia. Ingles’ run did not end there, as he eventually made it to the NBA.
Although he was signed by the L.A. Clippers back in 2014, he was waived after only five preseason matches, before being claimed off waivers by the Utah Jazz. That development in his career made him lose some of his love for the game, but ultimately regained it thanks to his current coach, Quin Snyder, and assistant coach Zach Guthrie.
“A lot of (my improvement) comes down to Quin ‘re-finding’ my enjoyment in it. I think in Europe, I lost that a little bit. I always had it with the Australian team, that was never a question but those last couple of years in Europe, it was slowly fading.”
“It took Quin to give me a lifeline after the Clippers and really support me and help me, and care. The time and effort he put in originally, then when Zach came on board. I owe those guys a lot.”
This summer, Joe Ingles re-signed with the Jazz for four years, $52 million, which is a deserving reward for him for playing solid basketball the past three campaigns. He is coming off his best season as a pro with averages of 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
As he is slated to continue playing for the Salt Lake City team, and under the tutelage of Snyder, it can be expected that Ingles will be giving his all in the next few years, and will try his best contribute to the Jazz’s cause. Despite losing Gordon Hayward, they still plan to build on the strong showing they had last year, where they made it all the way to the second round of the playoffs, and may even give Ingles a bigger role than what he had this past season.