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Utah Jazz: National reactions to Jerry Sloan's retirement

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 6:14 p.m. MDT

New Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shakes hands with Jerry Sloan as Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan resigns after being the head coach for the Jazz since 1988  Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) New Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shakes hands with Jerry Sloan as Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan resigns after being the head coach for the Jazz since 1988 Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Reaction after the Jerry Sloan press conference

There was plenty of wide ranging reaction to Jerry Sloan in the national media, as there will be for days and weeks. We present some of the most interesting stories here.

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Gail Miller wipes away a tear as Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan announces  his resignation after being the head coach for the Jazz since 1988  Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Gail Miller wipes away a tear as Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan announces his resignation after being the head coach for the Jazz since 1988 Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

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Reaction before the press conference

Assistant Utah Jazz coach Phil Johnson resigns with Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, head coach for the Jazz since 1988  Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Ravell Call , Deseret News) Assistant Utah Jazz coach Phil Johnson resigns with Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, head coach for the Jazz since 1988 Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Ravell Call , Deseret News)

"A dark day for the NBA with Jerry Sloan gone," former NBA coach and current broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter. "There won't be another like him."

ESPN's stats and info Twitter account posted this fact: "From Elias: Jerry Sloan has been the head coach of the Jazz since Dec. 9, '88. 40 current NBA players weren't BORN yet at that time." Sloan has been the longest tenured coach in professional sports.

"I'm stunned by it," ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon said Thursday. "I've been a complete disciple of Jerry Sloan my entire life."

Former player and TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley reacted: "I've got great admiration and respect for Coach Sloan. But...I've been disappointed in that Utah team. Maybe there's just a disconnect between old-school and new-school."

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan ( Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan ( Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Reports on ESPN.com and Yahoo.com indicated an incident between Sloan and point guard Deron Williams during Wednesday's loss to the Chicago Bulls as the impetus for Sloan's resignation.

"Sloan's relationship with point guard Deron Williams had grown progressively worse over the course of the season, league sources said, and the coach had tired of dealing with the team's best player," Wojnarowski reported on Yahoo.com.

Other Twitter responses came quickly, as "Jerry Sloan" became the highest trending topic on the social media site Thursday afternoon.

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