Randy Rigby, Pres., Utah Jazz: Today the Utah Jazz has accepted the resignation of Jerry Sloan as head basketball coach and Phil Johnson as the first assistant
Though 2 basketball legends stepped down today their passion character and work ethic will forever remain the foundation of this organization
The greatest complement we can give is that you gave us your best
You made us a better team, a better organization and a better community
We express our love and appreciation to Jerry and Tammy, Phil and Anne; you'll forever be a part of us.
Jerry Sloan/former Utah Jazz coach: This is a little bit tougher than I thought it would be
But I would like to say thanks to a lot of people
Number one, going back to when I first came here with Sam Battistone, he was the owner of the team and Frank Layden was a coach
And I would like to thank them for bring me here, primarily because Coach Phil Johnson recommended me for a job
And then the Miller family bought the Utah Jazz and worked w/Frank and Frank stepped down
I always say this: I could have still been with Frank assistant coach till the day
I've been fortunate to have terrific people to work with and make my coaching staff all the coach that have worked with us,
The fans and this organization have been second to none
We lose 56 games we still have a tremendous crowd coming watching our team
Players. We've had terrific players. We've been fortunate enough to have great players to coach
To have an opportunity to compete
And I think I've been blessed
For being here the number of years
And I've been here as a head coach
I will say this, when I took the job as head coach Craig came to me and said good luck
I said, all I ask is to be fair
And the fans have been fair, the reporters have been fair all the people who have been responsible for me being here for as long as I have, have been more than fair
And I thank you for that
26 years is a long time to be with one organization, and I again have been blessed
But, today is a new day. I get this over with, I know I'm going to feel much better
My time is up. And it's time for me to move on
I'd like to thank the Miller family for sticking by me throughout my career here as a coach
Phil Johnson/former Jazz assistant coach: I usually don't get to talk very much because Jerry gets to take all the time
It's about time you let me do something
I want to thank the same people he did because I came. Frank brought me here originally; Scott Layden was working front officer actually assistant coach then
Later, Larry had the team and I came back
I want to thank all the people associated with the team. Our coaching staff is very, very close
I go back to, I had a couple of chances to leave this organization, and Larry Miller called me up one time, after I turned it down, and he said, "I will never forget this" and he didn't
(Crying) So, I want to thank Jerry, Greg, Gail, Kevin has been terrific, all this time, particularly, I want to thank my family because they have stuck with me all whole time
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