Every other coach in the league knows Sloan is a great coach. It's only Jazz
fans who call him a failure. These same fans probably expect the team to go 82-0
every year. Jerry Sloan has the 5th highest career winning percentage out of all
the coaches in the NBA. Only Jackson, Popovich, Van Gundy, and Mike Brown of the
Cavs have a higher career winning percentage. Keep in mind that only Jackson and
Popovich have over 250 wins. Also, Jackson has had the benefit of those no-name
players such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal. Yet some Jazz
fans keep wanting to call Sloan a bad coach. Take off your jaded glasses and
look at what Sloan has accomplished with what he's had over the years.
Any Jazz fans still in the twilight zone about how far this year's team will go
in the playoffs only need to take a hard look at the team photo.Instead of
seeing players like Hornacek, Stockton, Russell, Malone, and Shandon Anderson we
see C.J., AK-47, and Memo, none of which will ever be on a series winning
PM:9:07 Good catch the 56 points was scored in 1967. Monroe's rookie season.
I love Sloan's no nonsense work ethic. Jerry puts together the best teams in
the NBA. The Jazz are playing as the second best team in the West. Maybe that
doesn't carry much weight with some of you, but the number one team is light
years ahead of the rest of the NBA as far as combined talent is concerned.I hope Jerry keeps at it for another 4 or 5 years. We have truly been
Earl Monroe in 1986? I don't think so.
re: good griefUm.. what has Sloan won exactly?
good grief and Doug?How many rings gentlemen? How far in 12 years?
same ol story, you guys crack me up we just need Blaunch now with his homerism
takes?You guys would not give coach of the year to Brooks? Give one
logical reason you would not, even if let us say I thought Jerry was the best in
the business.Did Sloan develop a game plan to defeat the Lakers?Popovich pulled every trump card and won today utilizing the roster
properly. Doug comparing Bradley and Vroman (might as well add the late
Kresimer Cosic) while you are at it, to Fes and Koustos is beyond ridiculous. I
feel both of our guys are better. As always you guys are clueless-let me
elaborate to make sense......No one asked the 2 to be starters..,How many times
do we have to tell you that, but play 15-20 minutes a game. You would rather
watch Okur just waive at guys and get the amnesia back for playing defense.I will take Haywood. I would even take Gorcat, Camby, even Mcgee of the
Wizards because I assure you Odom and Gasol would not play volleyball at the rim
For ll the winning g the jass have NOTHING to show for it. a
bucnh of REGULAR season wins. what has that really added up
to?but few extra bucks in owner pockets, from dans
who been fooled in to believing if they are patient, and wish hard, the may
jazz get turn at winning a championship, however it doesn't
work like that.Sloan won't ever win a COY award, ever for one
simple resson:just look at HOW he coaches DURING a game.(jackson, riley, popovich, they all employ a "system", you don't get coaching
kudos for having a "system")
Yep, the standard idiots are all displaying themselves here, just as I thought.
Only about 3 intelligent comments in all this drivel.Here's the most
important part of the article: "Sloan simply won't be recognized because the
Jazz are seen as too well-oiled of a machine."That's absolutely
true. It boggles my mind that so many people seem to recognize coaching genius
when it happens by accident -- as must have been the case with the many COY
winners that have crashed and burned directly afterward -- but can't recognize
the ultimate expression of coaching genius, which is not just to win once, but
to KEEP WINNING.So keep holding out, people. I'm sure we Jazz fans
will eventually get a coach who has some brilliant accident, wins that
all-important COY award, then melts down.In the meantime, we'll just
have to suffer through this random old guy who "accidentally" kept winning for
22 straight years.
Todd did you ever hear of Shawn Bradley, or Brett Vroman? Two players at
least 7 feet tall and did their best work on the bench.Ostertag
although popular would not make it as a starter on the current team and that is
because there is not a place for a non offensive tall person on the floor.Talking about COY too bad Dunleavy got the axe or he may have got the
award. Denver was going to boot Karl until Billups showed up there
and ran the team for him and after that he nearly got the COY.If the
COY award would help Sloan coach better then I think they should give it to him
for Todds sake.Till then give it to a popular coach without the
experience to really get the best from his team and see if he is still coaching
or getting his team ranked 2nd or 3rd in the west on a couple of years.
Sloan needs a manual 101 training call Popovich on how to beat the Fakers
(2-2)No George Hill and Tony ParkerSpurs destroy the
LakersWhat did Lamar Odom do?zippo
Stockton and Malone were the only players in Sloan's tenure that anyone could
say was really talented. Other than that, it has been HIS system that has made
all the other players. Let's review. David Beniot, Shandon Anderson, and Bryon
Russell were all drafted and unknowns. They all did very well with the Jazz but
got full of themselves and left to greener pastures never to see the success
they had under Sloan's system. Howard Eisley was unknown until he came to the
Jazz, became somebody, left and never heard from again. Seriously, I wonder if
Stockton or Malone would have had the careers they had if they were not
teammates or not in Sloan's system. Neither one of them had the ability to
create their own shots, but because of the system found great success. Time
will tell with the recent crop of "talent" as some of you so-called experts
It's really quite redundant to keep metioning that Sloan has never won the
award. He's in the Hall of Fame for crying out loud; this award means absolutely
nothing. Also do some better research, or proof reading, Earl Monroe was a
rookie way before 1986. He played with Clyde Frazier in the '70's.
only about 10 percent actually think lebron will leave cleveland but if thats
many to you...
Comparing a great actress who played all kind of roles from college student to
today amd mom of grown kids after 40 years, compared to an old fashioned coach
with no rings- is like comparing apples and kiwis
a coach of the year develops his roster and not have 2 7 footers sit collecting
Sloan isn't the best coach in the NBA. He is a product of an owner who gave him
all the power he needed. He was lucky he began his career with Stocton and
Malone who where ultimate professionals and backed him (as the would have any
number of coaches). His is a good coach but nothing special. His in game
coaching is suspect. Doesn't use time outs well and is very predictable. He
badly mismanaged Kirlinko not to mention Deron Williams rookie year (what a
joke). Overall Sloan is an average coach put in a great situation.
Sloan is a GREAT coach. He is not perfect, but he is great. Even Phil Jackson
said he does more with less then any other coach. So, like the Utes who now
would beg to have Majaerus back, when Sloan is gone and we suffer with less of a
coach, we will want him back. There are 20 coaches who could be just as
successful as Jackson with his talent, please. You will appreciate him when he
This award is a total joke. It goes to the coach whose team exceeded
expectations, but the Jazz have been consistently good (with the exception of a
couple of years)for the last 20 years and so Sloan never gets it. Jerry Sloan
couldn't care less about it, but he definitely should have at least one award by
I think he should win for one reason only...can you say better road record and
getting wins in san antonio off his back.Still he has anther job to do and that
is breaking the lakers jinx now.
Sloan is not a great coach. He has had good players all but 1 year of his career
and he didn't make the playoffs.Watch OKC this year in the playoffs,
they are a young team (which sloan makes a excuse for all the time with the
jazz), but I bet if the jazz are matched up against them they will lose the
Maybe they should change the "C.O.Y." to the "F.P.Y." ("Flash in the Pan of the
Year"). Seems the "C.O.Y." is the "I.N.J." ("I Need a Job.")the next season. Why
don't we try a "C.O.D" ("Coach of the Decade") or C.O.2.D. (Coach of 2
decades),or maybe "C.O.2.D.+2". You figure the last one out. No one need apply
except Jerry Sloan.
Sloan won't win because there are 20 plus coaches in the NBA who could be just
as successful (or more so) with this roster. His best performance to date was
taking that lousy team after Stock and Malone left, and nearly making the
playoff with a team of cast offs.
Jerry is the Susan Lucci of the NBAs COY award. Although, she finally was
recognized. I think 13 was her charm. Not sure if he will ever be recognized
outside his circle of fans, family and followers by the leagues. And that is a
sad statement. At least he finally got well-deserved recognition from the HOF.
Would Slone win C.O.Y.IF he were in Chicago,New York,??If they had 50+season
would the media be for him?OR is Utah in a baron forest,or foreign country?What
dose it take for this guy? 1 below 500 season in 20+years of NBA service? 1000+
wins.Or dose his name need to be close to Holdsman?if he dose not win this
season,he never will.Plus Utah fans wouldn't go for less post season
apprentice's. Ask Knicks,Bulls,Nets,clippers fans,if they would like his
record?Black eye on the NBA.
Sloan won't win because the Coach of the Year award should be called Coach of
the most improved team award, and the Jazz are consistently good.