Trey Lyles rips Jazz, Quin Snyder’s three-hour practices
At the 2015 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz selected Trey Lyles with the No. 12 overall pick. However, after just two seasons, the Jazz traded Lyles and Tyler Lydon to the Denver Nuggets for Donovan Mitchell.
As the Jazz and Nuggets are battling for playoff position in the final games of the 2017-18 NBA season, the 22-year-old reflected on his time in Utah. On the Road Trippin’ Podcast with Richard Jefferson as transcribed by Jody Genessy of Deseret News, Lyles had the following to say about being drafted by Utah:
“So,” Jefferson said, “you got drafted by Utah? Then you …”
“Unfortunately,” said Lyles, interrupting him.
Lyles went into more detail about playing for head coach Quin Snyder:
Lyles, grumbling: “So y’all didn’t practice? Y’all didn’t do nothing, yeah. See, we had practice every day (under Quin Snyder). I thought I was in Kentucky again.”
Jefferson, sarcastically: “You had practice every day? Oh, sorry for making you work hard. Sorry. What’s wrong with working hard, Trey?”
Lyles: “I didn’t say nothing about working hard. Three-hour practices? C’mon now.”
While some will appreciate Lyles’ honesty, others will question his work ethic. However, it appears the trade has worked out for both sides.
In his first season in Denver, Lyles is nearly averaging career-highs across the board — 10.3 points (49.2 percent shooting from the field and 38.3 percent shooting from the three-point line), 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 19.6 minutes.
As for the Jazz, they have won the trade so far with Mitchell, who is a candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Despite losing Gordon Hayward in free agency and Rudy Gobert to injuries for 26 games, the 21-year-old kept them afloat in the highly competitive Western Conference. In 74 appearances, Mitchell is averaging 20.3 points (43.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.7 percent shooting from the three-point line), 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 33.5 minutes.
It will be interesting to see if Lyles’ former head coach and teammates respond back to his comments.