For all you player haters, DWill wasn't the problem it was father time. I agree with John Stockton, a fighter like Salon would not quit because
of a player. My gosh the man coached while his wife was dying with cancer
because he loved the game. I just don't see that same passion on the sideline.
For example, I can't recall when was the last time Salon was called for
technical. John Stockton:We had our share [of rocky
relationships]. I think that goes with the territory sometimes, [with] point
guards and coaches. Youre kind of an extension of your coach, and youre going to
have disagreements and battles. I dont know if thats the root cause of all this.
I would hope not. I think that if Jerry resigns, nobodys going to run him out, I
dont care who it is. I think its just a sign that it was time, hes fought a lot
of battles. Maybe he doesnt want to argue with his point guard or anybody else
any more. And I think hes earned that.
Sloan has been a class act from the beginning to the end.It takes a
great human being to recognize when he just doesn't have the energy anymore, and
to step aside so as not to be a hindrance to the team.He will always
be one of the greatest coaches in the game. That is why he is in the top 5
winningest coaches, and is in the Hall of Fame.Thanks for the
memories, Jerry. We love you more than you can know.
Some say that Jerry Sloan was old guard, old school, and outdated.I
am very sad to see Jerry leave. I saw the news conference live yesterday. I
could see the emotion in Jerry's eyes that it was very painful for him to leave
the game that he has put his whole heart and soul.I would hope that
the people of Utah and most specifically the people of Salt Lake City realize
that many of principles that Jerry hoped to instill into all of the players that
he coached were timeless principles not old guard, old school or outdated.I am going to miss Jerry, I am going to miss his determination to win,
to work ethic, and most of all his love of the game.I wish all of
the luck and happiness to Jerry and his family.
dwill was becoming a cancer we needed to trade him .. every one of these trades
was possible i checked on espn's trade machine .. we needed to support the most
proven and winninest coaches in nba history and do a quick rebuild.. we are
never gonna win with dwill anyway..or koc for that matter D will for
... steph curry , Ekbe Udoh, and (andres biedrins.. d will for ..
aaron brooks,kevin martin,and j. hill d will for .. nene hilario ,
ty lawson. aron afflalodwill for.. D. Favors, devin harris, anthony
marrowdwill 4..j prizbila,a miller,n batum,rudy fernandezdwil 4.. r. sessions,jj hickson,a parker,d gibsondwill 4.. rodny
stucky,ben gordon, greg monroedwill 4..luke ridnour,wesly
jhonson,michal beaslydwil 4..gerald wallace,s. livingston,dj
augustindwill w..michal dunleavy,deron collison,brandon rush
Wonderful. Just wonderful...My Jazz are falling apart. Larry Miller is upstairs
looking down at all this drama and saying, "What are you idiots
doing?!" What's going to happen to us now?
As retirees, my husband and I know what it feels like when it is time to leave.
You just get tired of the rat race and the rats in the race.Yes, we
didn't have jobs in the spotlight nor did we have to deal with famous athletes.
But when that time came, we knew and we left. When everyone was
speculating upon the "whys," Jerry just said it was time. We admire
this. Sometime you just decide and then to. The stuff is what it is and doesn't
need to be explained to anyone.Thanks, Jerry, for all your hard work
through the years, your loyalty, your integrity. It was a class act. And you
left in the same way.
I hate to see Sloan go. I got to know the Jazz in the 80s with Stockton,
Malone, Sloan, Larry Miller and many others (including Corbon). The Jazz were
often and underdog. There was magic going 7 games against the Lakers. Sloan is
the last of My Jazz. I wish Corbon the best. But the Jazz is just another big
business now. Players are a market commodity. I guess coaches are too. What I
hate most is the Sloan's last game wasn't a W (or can we chalk that coaching up
to know-it-all Williams?), and that there is a cloud and so much bitterness
about him now. Jerry Sloan is a great guy, the kind of guy I'd be honored to
hang with any time anywhere.Best wishes, Jerry,DB
@ Dr JDont be afraid of change. The sun will still come up tomorrow
and who knows, the new Jazz coach may end up with more titles than your man
Jerry - he certainly can't end up with less.Some people are in it to
win, and others are happy just to compete and make up the numbers. The Jazz have
fallen into the later category now for far too long. At least this change gives
some of us fans who set the bar a bit higher reason for hope..And oh
yeah. I've always had massive respect for D-Will and nothing has changed.
Speculate all you want but none of us know why Sloan decided to pack it in.
Quite interesting comments here.I for one, loved sloan's way...and at my
level play the same. picks on offense and hard D as much as I can.. jazz will
never be the same.As someone mentioned, dissing d-will over this will
ensure he will move elsewhere very soon. One has to support their team as long
as they play hard, win or lose!Having said that, I give it about 10%
d-will will stay on. If jazz show promise this yr, end up 4,5th and get to west
semi's, maybe.lastly, here's my take on what happened. I doubt
d-will whined or anything like that. I think, they always disagreed on offense,
maybe since a few years....against the bulls, willaims forced the issue by
ignoring coach and calling his own play and probably defied coach in front of
other players at the half..knowing sloan..once that happened and he
realized mgmt was not going to back him on any suspensions..he walked away!Jazz fans should be thankful that fate put stockton and sloan together in
Utah.. anybody else.. I doubt Sloan would have lasted 23 yrs!
Hee hee...Zeppelin and Houdini, I will be as always fair and critical as need
be. Life does not end, the Jazz will go on and maybe prosper with new
leadership. This now really puts the pressure on o Connor. He is the loser in
all of this. Now he will have to not rely on Sloan, Corbin may have his own
mind. O' Connor may be forced to be creative and do something to try and
improve the Jazz this offseason. Now with this turmoil, even less likely any
deal will be done. That is the one negative in this, but would not have
so its leaking that dwill and sloan didnt get along .. i met dwill one time and
he acts like he is royalty .. (sorry dude all you can do is put a ball in a
hole)... well i always thought we should have taken cris paul .. he is looking
like he was the class guy .. not williams..the jazz just made a huge mistake(if
this was in any way them choosing dwill over sloan or not backing sloan)
williams is not blake griffn or k. durant,there are literally on only 5 or 6
players who i you would choose over sloan .. and thats only bc sloan would
retire in a few years anyway regardless .. williams definately isnt one of them
i would have traded him in a heartbeat and gotten sloan the right type of
players that wanted to play hard..point guard is the easiest position in the nba
to replace. and i cant stop fantasizing about all the players we could have
aquired in a trade for dwill..
I check the papers every day in hopes that the headline is Utah Basketball Coach
Resigns or Utah Basketball Coach Is Fired......but not Jerry Sloan. This should
be Jim Boylen the worst coach in the history of the state of Utah. Why oh why
did my wish not come true, I guess you have to be more specific than "I
hope and pray Utah fires it's basketball coach." I should have said JIM
BOYLEN. Ugh! Thanks Jerry Sloan for all the memories, you were a class act! Now
come on Chris Hill let's keep the changes coming, FIRE BOYLEN!
I want to see a Bronze Statue of Jerry Sloan right in front of the Delta Center
or whatever they call it now! He deserves it...and it better be at
least 10 feet tall!
Tis sad that Larry is not still with us. It is doubtful that this would have
taken place on his watch! Thank you, Jerry, for your dedication and
patience and leadership.JimKnoxville, TN
Greg Miller and Kevin O'Connell have done nothing to help out Jerry and his
staff. They tie up all their money in AK and trade, Matthews, Brewer, Korver.
I love the Jazz, I have always been a die hard fan, even when the seasons were
not so good I still loved watching because Larry Miller, Jerry Salone and Phil
Johnson made this such a stand up orginization. I will miss that, if Greg
doesn't spend some money on players and learn to manage the way his father did
it will be very hard to continue to support my favorite orginization.
Hey fans ,two wrongs don't make a right. By booing Dwill,we hurt the overall
team.Lets not poke our eyeballs out to spite our face.Sloan has obviously been
here a long time,and in my observation of recent games it clearly looked as if
more players on the team other than Dwill were not happy with Sloan.i repect
Sloan and all he has done for the team,but I thin k it was time for him to move
on whether we are worse for it or not.Sometimes you have to take a step back to
take some steps forward. Lets support this team and our new coach Corbin.They
will need the fans support.Dwill is an emotional player who wants to win badly
,and I think that's what Jazz fans want also.
Sloan is a legend!Now that Sloan is gone what is Todd From Santa Ana going
to do with his time?Corbin is going to rock!
"His most impressive qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary
ability to encourage his players to subjugate their individual games for the
benefit of the whole"THAT'S the reason why I always like the
Utah Jazz, Classic, Basic, Team play based, and the beautifull pick and roll!!!
I'm going to miss that!And for all those who are in their 20 or
under, I'm sorry but you will never understand how's to lose a real an true
basketball coach!!!Best wishes to Jerry and Phill!!!
Jerry Sloan, Larry Miller, John Stockton, Karl Malone and Hot Rod Hundley will
always be remembered as Jazz Legends.
One of the sad days in sports history.Sloan is an Icon!One of the greatest coaches in Basketball, and all of sports history!A true Warrior!A Great Man!A Legend!Deron
Williams couldn't pack John Stockton's Lunch bucket nor Chris Paul's, Steve
Nash's, Derrick Rose's, Russell Westbrook's, nor Rajon Rondo's among many many
others.Sloan was in Utah for about 30 years and accomplished many
significant triumphs...Deron will be gone in a matter of months & his most
significant accomplishment in Basketball will be (the kid that was involved in
Jerry Sloan's Resignation).I salute you Jerry Sloan...along with
Larry Miller, John Stockton & Karl Malone!
Jerry Sloan resigns? IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! Any other coach in
the NBA would have been sacked YEARS ago with a record like Sloan's.
Romanticizing about is 'long illustrious' career is like longing for the good
old days when we were guaranteed to catch cholera or scarlet fever.With a NEW, FRESH coaching staff, perhaps we can look forward to some WINS
next season! GO Jazz!!!God bless you Jerry and enjoy your richly
earned retirement. Pity you couldn't be selfless enough to do this 5 years ago.
Or even TEN. X-P
I hope that Corbin takes the Job. I hope that things are not made worse. I hope
that each player realizes that they must hold them selves responsible for there
actions and can no longer blame it on the system or not knowing the system.
Fresh page and time for every player to prove there worth.
All Sloan does is win regardless of his personnel. Its rare to see defensive
effort every night in the NBA and Sloan is one of the few coaches ever to
control big egos and get that effort most nights. Sacramento got rid of a good
coach in Adellman and look at the lowly Kings. I think Utahns maybe took his
winning for granted.....Look at the poor Cavaliers, Pistons, and Kings---I get
the feeling that Miller, Utah, and Jazz nation might finally see what losing is
There really are only two people who could have made this happen. Sloan and Greg Miller. Since Greg just resigned Sloan's contract that implies
that Sloan quit. KOC does not have the power to dethrone Sloan.
DWill gets the blame but he does not have it either. In fact DWill is less
valuable to the Jazz without the Sloan system. He is more replaceable in with a
different system. The truth is the Sloan system (5 different
versions) only worked about 1/2 of the time. It was very hard to implement
consistently. When it worked well it was a thing of beauty. But it stunk when it
did not work. D'Antoni and Sloan are very similar. Both are very
good coaches. Both would rather do it their way than win. The Jazz
were going to miss the playoffs if something did not change. Sloan
consistently made the playoffs but his way also insured that the Jazz could not
go farther. BYU replaced good coaches in a bid to get better. The
Jazz can now get better. Corbin will get replaced if the Jazz do not
produce the rest of the year. Greg is committed to winning.
One thing we should all remember about Sloan...he preached staying between your
man and the basket, even if you were gonna get creamed with a pair of knees to
your sternum. I hope we see now more of Fez, Gordon, and Jeremy...they all can
play good D if given the chance...and one day they all will be decent scorers,
Well I sure didn't expect it to end like this. I would have liked it to have
been on a much more positive note. Jerry was a great coach. I hope this infuses
some good things into this Jazz team. I was at the Bulls game and I
sure didn't like the way it ended but I think that was much more the fault of
our star point guard then old coach. Good Luck Jerry and thanks for
the hard work.
Let's stop the finger pointing and play basketball. That's what Jerry would do.
Good luck and best wishes. Enjoy the farm. You were the toughest hard-working
player I have ever seen. I was fortunate to have seen you play in person at the
old Chicago Stadium back in the early 70s.We will miss you Coach!
The way this has played out is not good, but the game has changed and Jerry
hasn't. When they picked Hayward at the 9Th pick that's was the last straw and
not only picked him but started him, got more PT than Fes and he does not
really help this team as much Fes. Guaranteed the pick was his call, also he has
never went after a quality center he would rather play PF at the center spot. IU
got respect for the man but it was time.
JBQ, this is not a player or race issue. Sloan decided all by himself that it
was time to go. Corbin is the man for the job, regardless of his color. You
should be ashamed.
This is a sad day in Jazz history, but maybe this might kick start something.Trades now need to be completed - a fresh startTy Corbin,
does not have long see what could happen this season , or we blow part of the
team and build for the future - which might cost us DWill Who knows
what the new collective agreement holds for all parties!As for Jerry Sloan
& Phil Johnson - Thank you for all your years of service - it was
i sure hope this means an overhaul change...i hope koc gets replaced...i hope
the entire team gets traded for multiple first round draft picks...and get those
players who are coming off the books...and rebuild...if you are going to replace
a legacy...make sure you leaven no trace of it...sucks jerry has to leave...i
think his system works...he only has mediocre players at his
disposal...heck...during the stockton and malone era...other than
hornacek...everyone else was mediocre...and they still went to the finals
twice...the rockets...who have 3 hall of famers...got eliminated game 6 by
stockton's three...Jordan's bulls who has pippen rodman harper and kukoc is a
far better team than what we have...but we took them to game 6 on our second
trip to the finals...and in recent years...he managed to get us a trip to the
western conference finals...players are just students of the game...coaches are
the teachers...i sure hope they blow this team up...and start rebuilding...
In the future, if we are a CONSISTENT playoff-bound team like Coach Sloan had
virtually EVERY year, I'll be shocked.Sad. Terribly, terribly
sad.Coach Sloan deserved better than this.....
D will most go coach killer
There is a time for all things to come to the end. It was time 6 years ago. Is
there still time to send Williams packing too?There is a coach in Logan
that can coach big guys.Just some random thoughts.
Its time for Williams, Mr. Turnover, to leave...I am sick of the organization
pandering to this grumpy,cry baby.
Re: Reed23We do not get it? You do not get it. Your same arguement.
Just because Deron Williams was good at the beginning of the season or past
seasons does not mean jack about him now. Because lately he has been horrible.
You obviously have been missing these masterpieces he has been
painting the last month or so. And you know what ? It is not his playing bad
that really bugs me. It is his attitude. Oh everyone time out Deron Williams
does not like to lose. PleaseThe only good thing at least in my
opinion is the signing of corbin. I hope he lays into these guys. Sure seems
like he has the energy watching him jump all over the bench..
this is a sad one for me...he is the only coach i respected in the NBA...there
aint a lot of coach like him...its very sad to see him go like this...he didnt
even finished the season...
DWIL had the guts to challenge and was tired of the same ol thing. I respect
DWIL more than I ever have to challenge the way this franchise has been falling
apart. You better make moves and get players, or you will lose DWIl and then
you will really complain
Reed23, question, DWill is a player, one of 12, Jerry is the Head Coach. You
have obviously never played OR Coached, I have, both. You don't get it.
Thanks for the memories coach! Best of luck to Jerry. Dwill is out of here as
soon as he can and the Jazz will move to Seattle or San Diego.
Can anyone explain to me what "toughness" Jerry has brought to this
team? No defense? Anyone seen Sloan yell at a player lately and call them out?
Jerry is S O F T SOFT. And for y'all calling D-will out, you don't get it.
Just because Jerry has 10000 million wins and 0 championships doesn't mean he
knows better than D-Will. Williams is entitled to his own opinion and it is
perfectly ok to voice opinions contrary to the coach. So you can all get off
williams back and start recognizing that just cause Sloan was a decent coach in
the Stockton and Malone era doesn't mean jack about him now. Loved the change.
Admiral Hyman Rickover once stated that "we are all doomed to ultimate
failure". With hopes for "fair winds" to Coach Sloan. So what
else is new in the modern world. He had trouble with a "cottled star"
and management backed the star. O'C will now name a "black coach" to
work with a black player who is not really black. Ty Corbin is a great guy from
DePaul. However, is that really the problem? Was it a racial sensitivity issue
or just a "spoiled brat" who already has his bags packed wanting more
and more? Bill Russell could not coach overpaid black players and Corbin won't
be able to either.
Much love jerry! Much love!
Jerry is right up there with John Stockton in toughness, class and principle.
Good Luck Jerry and good luck Phil. It may be that it is time for something new
but I am sad it happened this way. Jerry deserved to go out on his terms and I
guess, in a way, he did if the rumors are true about the clashes with Williams
and the Management siding with Williams. I never have liked atletes that put
themselves before the team, don't listen to their coaches and think they are
bigger than the game. Deron will likely be gone after next year if not before.
That will be his big thank you to Jazz brass for siding with him.
Casey*The*Decoy the definition of a 'Coach' IS to make the decisions. What don't
you get? Are you KOC's brother or what?
good job D-Will hope your happy. Now you can go screw the team over the rest of
the season and get what you want. go pull a lebron James in 2012 and win your
championship. great job just great(sarcasm)
Out with the old, in with the new, I say. Sure we might lose for a few years,
and we might not, but hopefully we're done with the maddeningly grinding
mediocrity year after year! Anything is better than that...
Trade D-Will....he has turned into Allen Iverson~
I have canceled my season tickets, burned my Jazz flags, and trashed all my
stuff with a Jazz logo on it. The ownership has sacrificed their integrity and
their soul by puting the values of a spoiled, diva player (who wasn't staying
here anyway) over a coach who made this franchise so good for so long. Larry
Miller must be turning in his grave. In 2 years the Jazz will be the Cleveland
of the west if the players are not put in their place. Disgraceful treatment of
a hall of fame coach. What a terrible black mark for a once proud club.
Congrats Jerry on 23 good years with the Jazz. I thank you for your work ethic
and consistency. And even though I'm not a huge fan of yours, they should still
put a statue of you out there somewhere with Stock and Malone!Clearly it takes more than one person to make a mess. Your GM didn't help you
this year by getting the Jazz into this salary cap /player issues by letting go
of talent due to the luxury tax. Clearly the current state of the Jazz has been
weakened by recent moves. Having said that, it was interesting to
hear the bulls say that they knew at the end of the game after a time out, that
the Jazz would run one of two plays and they quessed right. Change is never a
good thing, hopefully it's good on you and the Jazz!
Maybe Dwill should be made a "player coach". Wouldn't that be a hoot.
Maybe then he will learn for Coach Sloan.On second thought I
should'nt have made that suggestion. The Jazz brass are just dum enough to try
And for you you D Will haters out there you apparently dont know anything about
basketball. He doesnt get along with Sloan cause he tries to control every
aspect of the game. He plays certain players certain minutes based on his own
decided plan. Things change in games and you need to adjust and Sloan doesnt
know how. The Bulls stole the ball at the end of the game from D Will
casuse korver was screamin on the bench the play we were running because we run
the same play every time, Change it up Sloan. We should all thank D
Will and start realizing he is gonna get us closer to a championship than Sloan
ever would have
I love coach Sloan and am saddened and shocked to see him leave. This however
could be the right time. I'm not sure Sloan has very many years left that he
could be a good coach. If it comes down to losing your star player or a great
coach that might not come back next season anyways, you have to go with the
player.I just hate how this ended.All intelligent Jazz
fans will deeply miss having Coach Sloan on the sidelines.
First of all I would liek to wish Jerry the best but I also need to say I have
been waiting for this day since I was a kid. Sloan has been coaching way too
long and his players dont show any heart are any hustle because they dont agree
with his style. Yes, he won a lot of games......well guess what...my
grandma would win those games with the players he has had. He has never once
thought about guarding the 3 point line or has never thought bout leaving
someone in when they are on fire. He sticks with his system and he has given
him zero championships.
Thanks DWill, Thanks Kevin O'Conner. Now you will reap what you sow, enjoy the
'Cleveland' like territory you just led your team into. Nice, very nice.
I'm betting we see a revolving door of coaches here at Utah like the Clips and
the Warriors. There will never be another like Sloan.
Deron you nailed the wrong guy. You bought into the Jefferson hype
when you had Boozer now you have a shadow of an allstar and the weight is on you
and it does not fit you well.With this single stroke of genius you
will have the achieved the pr prowess of Boozer. Now the fans will perhaps be
slow to rally behind you when you turn the ball over 3 times in 2 minutes or get
outscored 3 to 1 by less of a player.Perhaps the Jazz should have
supported the coach, benched you and let KOC trade in the unemployment lines.
It would have been a lot more palatable.I imagine that it hurt when
your old team mates come to town and beat you with a lower caliber of team. Shows me that even though you think you know things, winning is not one
of them.Sad day for the Jazz operation.
This is a disaterous day for Jazz fans and the franchise. I wish Sloan and
Johnson the best! No offence to coach Corbin, who I have always liked as a
player and assistant, but it will be a miracle for him to even equal Sloan as a
coach. I like Williams a lot, but if it was a choice between him and Sloan,
management made the wrong decision. What a string of disasterous decisions in
the last year (wasting our #9 pick on Hayward, letting Korver go and now letting
Sloan go). O'Conner should be the one resigning! At this rate we will be
finding out what it is like to be a Clippers fan.
Good luck Sloan. Thanks for all you have done for Utah and the NBA.I
apprecaite the coaches, management, and players for not playing this out in the
media over the last few months. This comes as a surprise to everyone outside of
the organization. It has become common for players to speak publicly about these
issues.I anticipate an inernal promotion to head coach until the end
of the season. Management will evaluate the market in the off-season. Would not
be surprised to see Hornacek come in as temporary assistant coaches.
I was hoping Boylen would get fired this week!It is sad it is ending this
way for Jerry, but he really does need to go. He is tired and bored with the
game now. How about the utes make a trade Boylen for Phil!!!
Keep Sloan and Phil. Trade that cry baby Williams. Williams, if you happen to
read this, please so away. You are the embodiment of everything that is wrong
with the NBA (National Baby Association). You could not carry Stockton's gym
bag. I am so disappointed in his actions lately I could puke. Coach Sloan, we
will miss you, stay close.
23 years is plenty of time to rule the kingdom without a title.The
game has changed, for better or for worse. Keeping and developing hot talent is
the name of the game. Jump shooters are a must. 3 point specialists are a
must. Defensive centers are a must. A coach who can put those together and
adjust are a must.While his resignation won't solve everything it is
Wow... 5 months the 3 longest tenured Coaches are now gone. Cox - Atlanta
Braves, Fisher - Tennessee Titans, and now Jerry Sloan.I will miss
old school coaches.
If it is true that DWill was ignoring him, then my respect for him just went way
down. When one player thinks he is bigger than the team, losing will shortly
follow. Hmmm, what has been happening lately?I hope
Corbin gets the job, but whoever it is, I predict it will take 3-4 years to get
back to what this team was at the beginning of the season.
Jerry just signed a new deal which means the organization did not plan to fire
him.Clearly we are learning that Deron derailed the whole thing with
his ignoring coach and Sloan is sick of it.Clearly Sloan is tired of
players ignoring his calls when they are playing poorly and losing games.Sloan is about WINNING and when he has players calling their own plays
and losing games because of it like Deron did down the stretch then I can
understand why he would have no more tolerance.This shows what kind
of player Deron is. It also shows how selfish and what a poor leader Deron is.
Deron is the leader on the team and yet what has he led his team too this
season?Clearly Deron has been ignoring coach for a while and where
has it gotten them? Losses.Sloan is tired of these sissy, soft,
selfish players and who can blame.Unfortunately we are left with the
soft, sissy, selfish players now and no Hall of Fame coach.Deron
will get his wish.Coach gave Deron all kinds of leash and now Deron
hung the coach and the team with it.Nice Deron!
This is very bad. Deron Williams is a joke. Yeah I said it !! A complete JOKE
Can anyone explain why Sloan is considered one of the best coaches ever? If you
coach long enough, you will win a lot of games. If I am not mistaken, he is the
only coach in NBA history to have 2 hall-of-fame players on his team for 12+
consecutive years and not win a title. He clearly has no respect from his
players and cannot motivate the players. So glad to see this change!
I blame D-Will.
I was a Jazz/Sloan Fan. I have not been a player fan since Stockton/Hornecek.
Best of luck to Coach Sloan and thank you for all the memories!!
Well, D-Will, I hope you're happy!It's all on you, now, buddy...
This is a day that will live in my worst memories as a Jazz fan. This is as sad
as seeing Stockton retire. I guess enough is enough for Sloan. He lasted so long
in the league because he was one of the ELITE.
Thanks for the memories coach. The Jazz!The only problem with the team
is: They have been missing free throws and three pointers lately. Therefor we
need Jeff Hornicek to be one of the coach's. He could teach them how a 2 guard
is supposed to shoot. And teach jump shooting. Then we need to do what the top
teams do.. Do what we already do... win. We are a top team and will continue.
Everything will work out fine. 22 years is long enough. just as 2 terms is
long enough for any senator or congressman. And, One term for our current
Wow, how sad! I guess the greats of the NBA are about done. NBA will never be
the same. Such babies playing anymore......lets give them all a wage cut, and
pay them what we all get paid for working hard, then lets see them cry. Here's
to you Jerry Sloan! Enjoy some relaxation! You have definitely earned it!
Well, it was going to happen sometime. Better it happen now in a year when the
team is going nowhere fast. Did anyone see him coaching the team to a title any
time soon? I'm a huge Jerry supporter, but I have to admit I'm
intrigued to see how things will change once the new staff is in place. Is
Corbin the answer? Who the hey knows?The guy gave over two decades
to the same employer in a job that normally chews guys up and spits them out in
as little as two years. He wasn't a little flirt like Larry Brown or a Phil
Jackson prima donna. Tyrone or whoever will have a large shoes to fill.
I have long waited this day that Jerry Sloan would leave the Jazz orginization.
He was good back in the day, but times have changed, the NBA has changed
drastically. The only thing that has not changed about the NBA is Jerry Sloan.
He still coaches the same way. He does not evolve for the better. He wants to
run "Stockton to Malone" style of play. While other teams have gotten
faster and more athletic. The Jazz stay are slow and run half court sets. The
jazz cannot defend run and gun teams very well or teams with any height
advantage. I hope the Jazz can get a young coach that will mix things up and
put the right combination of players in at the right time. When D-will was
recently sidelined on the bench for injury Earl Watson ran the point, and he
pushed the ball up the floor. When Earl did this the Jazz broke their 7 (?)
game losing streak. The next few games Jerry had Watson "slow it
down", this resulted in poorer team performance. D-Will can now be
rightfully placed as "Team Captain" and run some plays his own way, I
Jerry needs to finish out this year! He deserves to go out a hero and a legend,
and not walk out the back door. The Jazz front office needs to do whatever it
can to keep him around until the season is over and then give him the send off
he deserves and has earned. Anything short of that would be a travesty. This is one Jazz fan that will miss him, and I want to tell him thanks.
Can't wait to hear more details about this as they come out. Is Jerry being
forced out or is it his choice to leave? And why right in the middle of the
season? I want to hear more about what is going on...and why is Phil leaving
with him.No matter what the case is you will be sorely missed coach.
From Marc Stein at ESPN:"Two sources close to the situation
told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Sloan reacted angrily during Wednesday night's
home loss when guard Deron Williams called his own play on the floor different
from the play Sloan called from the sideline.That led to an
emotional dispute at halftime, sources said, which was followed by Sloan's
closed-door meeting with O'Connor after the game.But one source
stressed that the play-calling flap was just one incident among a number of
flare-ups in recent weeks, indicating Sloan's relationship with Williams has
now if Deron can find a way to get rid of David Locke calling the games on
radio, this situation could be made a little less painful
Houdini..That was pretty funny. This is the best day of CJ's life.
Now maybe we can run and gun and get 40 minutes a game. Jerry's
system is too much old school for today's game. I think Jerry made the right
decision for him and the team long term. He couldn't coach the punks of today's
game. CJ included. It will take the Jazz about 4 years to recover from this
change or they will immediately rise ot the top. Should be interesting around
here.......I think you are going to see some major trades in the
Sloan reportedly had a heated conversation with Kevin O'Connor last night. What
could that have been about? Maybe trading away our best shooter, Korver,
letting two of our best hustlers and quintessential Sloan players ever get away,
Matthews and Brewer, tying up all our money on one of the most under-performing
and psychotic max money guys ever, Kirilenko, and failing to replace a seriously
injured player, Memo. Sloan is a guy who speaks his mind, and if he thinks that
things are going downhill because the front office is destroying his roster, so
be it; it's either time to get rid of the GM or the coach. But who is right?
My money is on Sloan.
This is either going to be a horrible move... or one of the greatest moves
ever... not going to be in between, will be interesting to see what happens.
Time will tell if they are still the Jazz or end up being the Spazz.
Its about time. Sloan is the definition of average. He is a good enough coach to
make players better, but not good enough to get them to play at their true
Yahoo sports reports that "the coach had tired of dealing with the teams
best player. The frustration escalated on Wednesday night when Sloan and
Williams clashed in the locker room at halftime."HHe decided
right there in halftime that he was done," a league source told Yahoo!
Sports. "He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they
were to him anymore. He was done."
it is time for a change but not this way at this time. not going to the
championship game with him or without. should have left him alone untill the end
of the season. little odd to sign him to a extension then run him off. either
kevin was trying to tell him how to coach or telling him they are trading
kirlinko. was reported kirlinko came out of the coaches office not the locker
room looks like ak gone. wouldn't think sloan loved ak enough to resign
"The Jazz will continue on after today, but they won't be the Jazz. I don't
know who they will become, but they won't be the Jazz."They
should rename themselves...Wait for it...The Jimmers.
WOW! Looks like the Bulls have something to do with Jazz history...AGAIN. If
the Jazz won last night, we're not having this discussion.Thanks
coach Sloan for some wonderful years.
I hope Williams did not have something to do with this....but has their ever
been a softer twerp, then those to Euro Charmin Okur and Kirilenko...BB47.This team did it....Evans is the only old school guy left...I don't know what
happened to the Jerry Sloan clone..Raja Bell. Now they will get some stiff
likeLayton to take over.
I think Jerry just got sick and tired of trying to coach a bunch of lazy,
apathetic, underachieving crybabies.....
How about Sloan stays and we send Kevin O'Conner packing? He is the genious who
let Mathews go to Portland and drafted Hayward with a top 10 pick.
Not good Sloan was the best coach in the NBA. I hope he goes to a better team
and organization. He was the very best!
Thanks Jerry, you gave it your all & never asked for anything in return but
hard work from your players. I really wish the Jazz would move Coach Sloan into
the front office & let him finish his working years still in the
organization. Also, changing coaches is only part of taking the team
forward--they really need to make some trades & develop a team that pushes
the ball up the court. Every team that has ever won an NBA championship was
known for it's tough defense & it's fast break.
Breaking News:Peanut butter has announced it will resign from the PB &
J sandwich...To many of us, Jerry has been the only coach we've
known and it's hard to imagine the Jazz without him calling the shots. I'm not
about to argue whether or not it's time for Jerry and Phil to step down, but
talk about big shoes to fill.
I think they ought to bring in the wizards of knickdom and east coast fame,
Scott Layton and Isaiah Thomas...that will set things straight.
This seems so abrupt and strange. I also wonder what AK going out of
the Jazz coach room has to do with this resigning....strange turn of events
Wow, this is too much to take. No real signs of this coming. And Johnson too?
What is going on. I hope everyone's health situation is OK and that there isn't
some drama uncharacteristic of Coach Sloan or the Jazz. I wouldn't have
expected this to occur during the season.
Sad day. End of an era. The League, game, and players changed. It could be
worse though.Signed, Seattle Supersonics
For all those Sloan haters out there, maybe you can get your way and win a
trophy. Sorry it will likely be the won Cleveland owns right now
The timing is very suspect. I can think of a few possibilities (I am sure there
are more):1) Jerry was given choice after game last night to
"resign" or be fired. Given his relationship with the Miller family
and their longstanding faith in him, this seems almost impossible.2)
He was informed that a trade will go down that he just can't live with -- so he
is resigning. Also seems improbable, but not as much as #1.3) As
suggested by some earlier posts, he has been unable to get this current team to
work with him and mesh with each other, and he has finally decided it is
not likely to happen in the future either -- so he is resigning for the good of
the team, to see if some other coach can make it work.The Jazz will
continue on after today, but they won't be the Jazz. I don't know who they will
become, but they won't be the Jazz.
Can't blame the guy, he's coached his life away with the Jazz and its finally
time he took off and got away from these rich spoiled babies.
Stupid people who were trying to run coach S outta town. Now the Jazz will never
be good again. Deron is in trade talks. I wanna cry.
I'm one of those who thought Jerry should have retired a few years ago but not
like this. I think he's a great coach but I just think the game has past him by
a bit. I rather see him finish the year but the players he have are not good
enough to finish in the top 4 in the west. We wish you the best of luck Jerry!
Larry Miller ought to be spinning right about now.
So, I think it's obvious who the new coach should be. Jimmer.
I think this person has hit the nail on the head. It was posted on ESPN's
website:"He's resigning due to his "superstar" player
giving up on the team. Deron hasn't believed in this team the entire season and
it's started to show. Great player, but TERRIBLE leadership skills. "
I can't speak to whether or not this is the right move, but it's sad that it's
ending this way in the middle of the season after a losing streak.
Like I said when Larry passed away, things will never be the same. If Larry
were still around, this would not be happening. Greg is NOT Larry. This is
just the tip. I would be shocked if the Jazz are still around in 5 years. The
Miller kids will take the money their dad made and sell out.
What a travesty for the Utah Jazz. Coach Sloan is a great coach and it is sad
to see him go. He is an old school basketball Coach who wanted mental toughness
of his players and if you didn't want to give it your all you would sit on the
bench. He is a great coach and its too bad the NBA never saw it that way and
give him any accolades as a coach. The NBA's criteria for coach of the year is
someone who is hip not someone who can take castoffs and journeymen and mold
them into a team that almost made the playoffs like Coach Sloan did after the
Stockton and Malone era. Good luck Coach and you and your style which was a
trade mark in Utah will be missed.
Yep for sure its the coach's fault (sarcasm) Those multimillion dollar cry baby
players have nothing to do with the losses, only the wins (sarcasm again)It would be great if the NFL and the NBA had a lockout to teach these
spoiled brats a lesson in humility. (no sarcasm intended)
Wrong coach retired...
Wow. I had a feeling something was going to change, but I didn't expect
something so abrupt. I hope they do make a trade as well.Jerry has
been a great coach and it'll definitely be WEIRD not seeing him on the
sidelines. He's one of the greatest coaches in the league, but you know, it was
time for a change. I hope this will take us in the right direction.Who do they get to replace him? I like Ty Corbin but would his coaching style
be comparable to Jerry's? Fundamentals are necessary, but so is flexibility.
checking the bible....yep. Sloan retiring has been added
as a sign of the apocalypse
I will miss Jerry. Utah was lucky to have him for so long. Its sad it ended like
this. Alot of former NBA greats have said they would have loved to play for
Jerry. Lots of respect. Hands down the toughest coach in the NBA. A couple of
years ago Charles Barkly said Jerry was the toughest person on the Jazz team.
Players are different now and maybe it is time. Players don't want to out
"tough" there opponents like John and Karl did. Blood and guts. I
think this group never totally bought into Jerry's system. It might be a good
thing for this team? I can't say enough good about Coach Sloan. What a man, What
a stud, What a legend. Were's the statue boys!!!
Unbelievable and unacceptable. I refuse to believe that Jerry Sloan would quit
on his team during a playoff run. This is one of the greatest coaches the game
has ever seen and one of the best coaching tandems ever. 95% of the NBA world
calls this guy one of, if not--the best. Only a few x box playing haters would
say anything different and even they would probably have not blamed Jerry for
ANYTHING that has happened on the minus side this year. Look at the players we
replaced this year! How could we have not expected to have major highs and lows
(which has happened). Please please please, all sides--act like adults and
reconsider this insane move. These guys are heroes in Utah.
Is this for reals? Seriously? I can't believe it. In the middle of the season???
Never thought it would end this way. Jerry has been the coach almost my entire
life!Sometimes I criticize his use of time outs and subs but Jerry
is a GREAT coach and this is a sad day!
The Jazz's problems are caused by one thing, and one thing only. Guaranteed
contracts. It's time to bust the players "union" and make these
overpaid schmucks actually earn their money by giving them year to year
contracts. Boozer was the poster boy for that. Get rid of Kirelenko, Okur, and
several others. Without guaranteed contracts, people would actually play.
That's why the college game is so much better than the pro game. Go Jimmer.
This is absurd. Maybe after the season it would have been good. Maybe it was
about time for a change. But changing the head coach in the middle of the
season. I hope I am wrong, but I think the Jazz can kiss the playoffs goodbye
this season. On another note, apparently D Will called Sloan's
offense too restrictive? Well, it was not too restrictive for John Stockton. I
used to respect D Will, but not anymore. I would not mind if they trade him. He
is going to leave when his contract is up anyway. May as well get something for
If Jerry wants to retire, I dont see him walking until the end of the year!! If
he is forced out, I am done with the Jazz!!! After last night best point guard
in the league my foot!!
this is shocking and sad... hope they are melting the bronze for his statue
overlooking Stockton's and Malone's
So sad to see this old warhorse and icon have to go like this in the middle of
the season. I cannot believe it...and believe it is a tragedy.
Tons of Respect for Jerry Sloan. Nobody was ever allowed to talk in my house
while he was doing an interview. Good luck to him
Why now and not and the end of the season? Disappointed in Jazz management. Sad
Anyone reading the quotes from D-Will lately could figure out there was tension
between them. I believe the tension grew into animosity and I'll bet anything
there were talks of trading D-Will. One thing is certain: the Jazz will never
be the same.
Deron William is most likely behind this trash and I do not like it. First he
blows up our coaching staff, next we should look to him signing as a free agent
with one of the high-marquee teams. Not good at all. O'Connor put these scrubs
together, drafted Hayward, etc. He should get the axe.
Sad, sad day. I am a huge Jerry Sloan fan. HUGE! I cannot imagine what the
Jazz are going to look like without him. I'm very, very disappointed! Jerry
Sloan is the Utah Jazz.
Thanks for the memories, Jerry!!
Well Todd,this what many of you have wanted,lets just hope they have someone in
mind to replace him.I can`t imagine who,Hosni Mubarak,? rumor has it he`s
If Sloan wants to retire then that is fine and he has certainly earned it. But
if he is being forced out in any way then I am done with the Jazz. The Jazz need
a new GM A LOT more than they need a new coach!!
Can't say I blame him. Thanks for the memories coach. You will be missed.On another note, Jimmer for Coach!
This is VERY BAD! Coach Sloan is one of the top NBA coaches of all time and if
this is the end of his tenure in Utah it's a sad day in Jazz history.Thanks to Coach Sloan for his dedication to teaching his players to play the
game the right way and for being the type of role model our kids growing up in
Utah could look up to.
Jerry Sloan = Top 5 coach in the league for the past 20 years. Are
there any other Top 5 coaches ready to be hired?Jazz are done.
DWill walks in a year.All you spoiled fans who were so upset that we
made the playoffs every year without winning a championship will now realize
what its like to go to the lotter every year. It's over!
I guess their comes a time when the Coach says enough is enough. I am tired of
trying to make professional players out of spoiled brats who think they only
have to come and pick up a paycheck. These players should spend every
week day in the off season keeping their bodies in shape so they won't continue
to have so many physical problems. I would have been laid off if I missed as
much work as Boozer does and as does Kirilenko.Players if you want
to make millions then I suggest you better start playing like millionaires,
because what I see, you have been taught and coached, but it is not sinking in.
You claim you have pride in winning and doing well, but it sure is not evident
on the floor.
and thus... the beginning of the end.
Yayyyyyy I am sooooo happy now!!!
Alright all you Negative Nellies, you got your wish, now what?
could things get any worse?
Good for Jerry and Phil. Guess they got sick and tired of trying to coach a
bunch of lazy, disinterested, underachievers......
Absolutely awful! Thanks D-Will! Happy you got your way now???????
Larry is rolling in his grave.
Jerry always said that if he felt he was not good for the team, he would step
down....Maybe he is feeling that the players are no longer listening
to him and maybe a change is in order....WHo would replace him? Phil
will be gone as well.
:( Beginning of the end. In a year DWill walks too.
I have heard many Jazz fans say that Sloan is the problem, and that he is the
one that needed to go. But my question is this? Who is going to replace him?
One of the assistants probably, and they have all been in the system so long
that the only way they know how to coach is how Sloan did it. If the coaching
was the problem, the Jazz need to clean house, along with the GM and change the
philosophy of the team.I hate to go off topic, but that is what RSL
did, and they won a championship after that.
bummer.....should have won coah of the year multiple times during
his careersad way to leave the organization after all he's
done...wouldn't be happening if Larry was still running the
If it is true, thanks Coach for a great run! Fixtures like you are missed.
A huge shocker. I thought the game ended badly (poor play calls and poor play
making by Williams...it happens, even to very good players), but expected
nothing like this.
Shocking...I don't like it, they will both be missed terribly. Not good, not
good at all!
With all due respects to Jerry and Phil--and I have lots of respects for
them--perhaps the coaching change will be good.Good lucks, Jerry and
Very sad to hear this news. Coach Sloan is such an icon of hard work and
toughness. Will really miss seeing him on the bench and in the official's
faces. I will miss the dry humor in pressers and the John Deere cap while
wearing a suit. Especially sad he, like John and Karl never got a
ring.I am sure he feels like it is time, and hopefully the players respond
well to whoever steps in. Best Wishes coach. Since I am sure he is
reading this. Enjoy the tractor time on the Farm!
We will miss you coach. sorry it ended this way. you gave us some of the best
basketball in the country and it is a credit to you and the success you have had
that our expectations are so high. Good luck in the future coach i
really cant see us doing any better with a new coach but if you think we can
than i believe you.
Well, all you Sloan haters out there get your wish. I'd sure like to know who
we're going to get that will produce the consistent success that Jerry has
provided. This is a shock, and truly and end of an era.
Coach Sloan...we wish you the best. You have brought a lot of fun and excitement
to Utah over the years. I believe you have done more with the limited talent you
have had than any other coach in the NBA. Phill Jackson is not half the coach
you are...he just had/has the benefit of great talent at his disposal.
This just feels wrong. It shouldn't end this way for Jerry. Not in a dramatic
fashion like this. Does this mean that Corbin or Layden is now the coach? I'm
hoping this report is wrong, but it probably isn't.
I hope he gets a ton of accolades after being snuffed by the NBA for so many
years. Cheers for Coach Sloan!
Who's next? Jim Boylen at the U of U?
Sloan and Johnson will be missed. Is it time? Probably. But, all I can remember
in my 30 years is Sloan and Johnson side by side on the sidelines. Crazy.Here's hoping Ty Corbin gets the nod.
Thanks Williams.If Williams wasn't the slowest PG in the world and
could have defended Rose and Westbrook, Sloan would still have a job.D-Will is way overrated. He is a good PG, but not an elite one.
all you idiots who called for his job got your wish. hope it works out for you.
If it's true, thanks for a great run Coach!
Wow... now THIS is a surprise. I don't know what to say right now...
This would be a horrible thing. It is apparent that even a player's coach such
as Coach Sloan can't get his star players to play like star players. So what do
you do? Trade them away. Build for the future. Keep Jerry Sloan.
If it's true, I will be sad to see Jerry go. One of the last old-school coaches!
Not good, not good at all.