Official: Scott Layden named Spurs assistant GM

By Quixem Ramirez

Sept. 5, 5:45 pm: The Spurs officially named Scott Layden the assistant head coach today.

Per the Spurs official release:

    “The San Antonio Spurs today announced that     Scott Layden has been named the team’s     assistant general manager. Layden brings over     25 years of experience in the NBA to the Spurs     front office. Layden has spent the past seven     seasons with Utah Jazz as an assistant coach,     his second stint with the Jazz.”

Sept. 1, 4:49 pm: Scott Layden has been officially named assistant general manager according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Aug. 27, 4:50 pm: To fulfill the void left from Dennis Lindey’s departure to the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs will interview assistant coach Layden on Monday.

Layden began his professional career with the Jazz as an assistant in 1981 before advancing to director of player personnel. His gradual ascent continued as he eventually earned the director and vice president of basketball operations positions. In an eight-year stint spanning from 1992 to 1999, he was the impetus behind every single personnel move for the Jazz.

His astute player management was indicated by the efficacy of the organization; Utah won 50+ games for five consecutive seasons in addition to three 60+ win campaigns. As a result, Layden was named runner up for the Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award in the 1994-95 season (Utah finished 60-22.)

Layden later joined the New York Knicks and helped them advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000.

Judging by his extensive resume, Layden appears to be a nice fit for the Spurs organization.