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Published: Thursday, Feb. 10 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Spanish Fork, Utah

I blame D-Will.

Layton, ut

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!

Murray, UT

This is very bad. Deron Williams is a joke. Yeah I said it !! A complete JOKE !!!!!!

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

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!

Hyde Park, UT

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.

Burley, ID

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.

Hugh G. Hater

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 a start.

Big Daddy Ute
Logan, UT

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.

West Jordan, UT

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!!!

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

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.

Cedar Jazz Fan
Cedar City, UT

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.

Roosevelt, UT

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.

Ogden, UT

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.

Mark Benson
St George, UT

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.

Ogden, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Ogden, UT

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

Mike in Texas
Allen, TX

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 it.

Dr Truth
SLC, ut

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!

Andrew J. Marksen
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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