Unofficial transcript of Jerry Sloan news conference

Published: Friday, Feb. 11 2011 1:10 a.m. MST

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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