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Published: Friday, Aug. 6 2010 12:22 a.m. MDT

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John Wicks

I would like to see the Jazz give Jerry a new 5 year contract. He is the greatest coach in the sports industry today. I like the Jazz to win it all this year.

Captain L

To all those who like to bash KOC and the FO of the Jazz you need to read how the Jazz management is rated 4th in the league, with SA 1st and Popovich says they have patterned themselves after the Jazz and how they run their team.
I'm glad they gave KOC an extension, he has done a good job.
As far as Sloan is concerned, I can take him or leave him, he is a HOF coach and will continue to win but I would like to see a new coach with some different philosophies. My biggest complaints about Sloan is his refusal to use the 3 pt shot more as a weapon in his offense and the way he handles young players (with the exception of hustle players (mathews/milsap)). His negative reinforcement style causes young players to struggle with confidence.

Julianne

The Jazz will never win a NBA championship if they keep Sloan. He was a good player but he as been a very bad coach. He doesn't know how to coach. I don't understand how the Miller and upper management can not see that he's doing a terrible coaching job. Because of that, it is why all the good plays are going to other teams. Welcome Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver to the Chicago Bulls. GO BULLS!

redcliffs

Julianne, if you new the history of the Jazz better you would know that the Jazz have been able to attract the talent they have had over the years largely because of coach Sloan. Most of the players have roots back in the large cities of the East and West coasts, and are not that excited to play in a small market like SLC. The good players that do come here always say that they want to play here because of Sloan and the overall quality of the Jazz organization. Without that, we would be lucky to even sniff a great player in this state.

Houdini

Jerry da man, miles to dleague,kevin horrible,trade williams,sign boozer

Basketballogy

There is a growing list of players and coaches who have never won NBA championships simply because they had the bad luck to play in the Phil Jackson era.

Just as I do not think of Karl Malone, John Stockton, Steve Nash, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, etc. as losers, neither do I consider Jerry Sloan as one.

But I would be open to considering people who refuse to acknowledge reality for that title. ;-)

Seriously though, people see only what they have predisposed themselves to see are really missing the boat.

In Sloan's 22 years as coach of the Jazz, he’s only missed the playoffs three times.

Jerry Sloan has a career winning percentage of .603, has had TWO losing seasons in 22 years of coaching, and a run of 15 straight playoff appearances.

What part of THAT resume signals incompetence?

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Jazz-Nation

How important is it to have a good coach? I don't know, lets ask Bulls fans. How have things been since Phil left? What has Phil done since? To the idiots that complain about Sloan, just stop watching and let us real Jazz fans do our part in supporting a great franchise and team. GO JAZZ!!

Basketballogy

@Jazzsmack

People tend to be down on things they're not up on.

If you think Jerry Sloan's system is outdated and depends on point guards and power forwards...

Then clearly you have no IDEA what Sloan's system is.

The Flex offense is one of the most popular offenses used in basketball today -- especially by colleges. For example, Mark Few, head coach at Gonzaga, has even written a book on it.

Because Sloan's so-called "outdated system" is so popular TODAY, it is extremely easy for young players to pick up and be productive in, given that they've probably played in it before.

This system has absolutely NO preference for point guards and power forwards. In fact, the opposite is true: players are interchangeable.

Consequently, if you have a center that can shoot 3s (like Okur), or a point guard (like Williams), the system works for that.

So the system allows a dominate point guard, and a dominate power forward, to dominate if they can.

BTW: Recent NBA champions with exceptional power forwards and point guards:

Spurs (Tony Parker, Tim Duncan)
Celtics (Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett)
Lakers (Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol)

:-(

OrlandoJazzFan

I read what you up there say about KOC and Jerry and I just scratch my head. You seriously do not know how good you have it. Jerry is an excellent coach that gets the most out of the talent he does have. Who seriously would you rather have coach that Jazz other than Phil? You act like good coaches are as easy to come by as Dominate Centers. If you think its that easy - well then just ask Denver how effective Adrian was in the playoffs. Jerry just flat out wins.

AZJazzFan

I am ok with this, Sloan has a unique team oriented system that the rest of the NBA respects. Probably not the most pleasant guy to play for and a bit too negative on the team but overall he is a good coach. I respect the loyalty the Millers have and I really hope some day it will be rewarded in a championship. The Jazz have an identity, you can't say that about most of the other NBA teams.
I don't have good vibes on their pick of Hayward, time will tell and hopefully he will be a pleasant surprise. I wish Korver would have stayed, he was a unique player that should have played more. Go Jazz, fan always.

Winston

I don't believe replacing Jerry Sloan makes the Jazz suddenly contenders. Once he's gone, people will talk about the success the Jazz had with Sloan.

TrueFan

If Sloan had coached the same players Phil Jackson has coached, he would have won more then his share of titles as well. The Zen master has had things handed to him on a silver platter like few coaches ever have.

Jerry Sloan embodies the whole Jazz organization and what they represent. It will be a very gloomy day in Jazz history indeed, when Jerry decides to retire, and go plow fields with this tractors on a full time basis. He will be missed even more then Stockton and Malone, and Larry Miller. There is no other coach I can think of quite like him. No other coach could command the same amount of respect from his player, save possibly Pop in San Antonio, and Jackson in L.A.

Captain L

True Fan : Good points. I feel Sloan is every bit as good a coach as Jackson.

BillM75

Both should've been fired and replaced by Isiah Thomas. Inexcusable that we made no effort to sign LeBron & DWade or trade for Dwight Howard.

Jazzsmack

RE: Basketballogy | 11:12 a.m

Need I remind you all thos PFs are 6'11 or 7 foot tall,and premier bigmen, even 1st team NBA players,

and you don't get premier bigmen without drafting them, or making big trades that the jazz seem unable to make.

and those teams did not build around 6'8" power forwards.

and they all realized they needed, in addition, oustanding SGs ans SFs to win,

how conventinetly you failed to mention kobe manu, peirce, ray allen, among others, were also on those teams,


and by the way the jazz could have drafted parker and rondo but didn't.

And the fact remains sloan does NOT run plays for 2 and 3 positions,

they are simply after thoughts in the offense,

no wonder true stars in those positions do not want come here, or want to leave, or not developed here.



Rick

to all you idiots that think Jerry is a good coach, wake up, finally ! I see comments that are childish. Jerry always wins, or Jerry always makes the playoffs..There's a saying here in N.Y. that goes like this, that and a token will get you on the subway, get it...what really counts is what does he do come playoff time (nothing) ?????? JERRY LOSES EVERY YEAR; GET IT ? So many good N.F.L. coaches have been fired during the past few decades because they can NEVER win come playoff time...During the regular season, they'll win their division (ex. a few yrs. ago, S.D.), BUT LOSS IN THE FIRST ROUND ! Those coaches are fired just like sloan should be....sloan was fired in the windy city & the same should happen here; too bad it doesn't & until it happens, the JAZZ will NEVER even get to the W.C.F.'s !!! The guy could barely make it up to the podium (H.O.F. nite) & could hardly speak.The speach it self was another disaster, one he probably gives at halftime during a plyoff game (puts players to sleep) !!!!! WAKE UP sloan bandwagoners.

eagle

Franchises with titles:

Lakers, Celtics, Rockets, Spurs, Sixers, Knicks, Nets (ABA), Trailblazers, Thunder (Sonics), Heat, Bucks, Wizards (Bullets), Warriors, Pistons, Bulls

Franchises without titles:

Jazz, Mavericks, Nuggets, Hornets, Bobcats, Magic, Suns, Cavs, Grizzlies, Pacers, Hawks, Clippers, Kings, T-Wolves, Toronto

It's funny that even some of the worst franchises in the NBA today had their moments of glory.

byronbca

Re Rick:

Stay in NY. You do realize that the reason the Knicks have been so horrible the last 15 years is because they went with your philosophy. The Jazz are one of the best run franchises because they don’t panic and cave into media pressure every time something goes wrong and fire everybody like the Knicks do.

On the court talent counts more than the coaching staff and the truth is there has always been at least one team that is more talented than the Jazz every year. Jerry is in the hall for a reason, all the experts think he’s one of the best coaches in the league for a reason. You just don’t get it because you know very little about the NBA.

Most importantly, who is better than Jerry that the Jazz could actually get? If you really want to make a good argument start naming names.

jazzfanforever

ya the jazz lose in the playoffs "EVERY YEAR" because they play the stinkin lakers. so the question on how good sloan and oconnor are is if they have done anything to challange the l.a. lakers. we made good changes this off season, but it won`t be good enough. we need more strength in the middle.

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