I think the era ended when Larry passed on and left Greg (and all of his CEO
experience running a graphics design company) in charge.
Change is good. But thank you Jerry, for all the wins, the integrity, and the
fire you've given Utah over the past 23 years. We won't forget it.
Good Job Brad!
Yeah, Rock, you're right about "Sloan's style has produced the third-most
wins in NBA history and the most wins ever with one team," but it NEVER
produced a "winner" only an "also-ran."Not a
team in the league would have retained Jerry Sloan for 23 seasons; it's
history.The list of "great NBA coaches" who have been
fired after 1, 2, 3, and 5 poor seasons is as long as your leg. But
the Millers and the O'Connors have retained J.S. year after year of
"also-ran" seasons.The fact is in the statistics, Jerry
has NEVER been able to get his players to win the truly big ones; and that comes
back to the boss (who's the coach?).As nice a guy as Jerry is, and
as good as he is in teaching defense fundamentals, Sloan is not a championship
coach.Champions find a way to win; when it came to the bottom line,
Jerry found a way to lose.You can blame the players all you want,
but at the end of the day, the Jazz organization from Larry and Greg through
Kevin and Jerry didn't have it.
Thank you Jerry and goo luck. I'm not sure you lasted this long with Greg Miller
sitting at the end of your bench.
Sloan's an amazing coach. He's taken this franchise further than any other coach
probably could have in the past 20+ years. However, I think that sometimes
changing things up for the sake of 'changing things up' is necessary for
success. In some ways, I think it would have been better for him to
finish out the season. At the same time however, I think he's realized that he's
not the right person to be behind the wheel anymore, and there's no sense in
drawing it out. Thanks Coach Sloan for all you've done. Good luck to
you in all your future endeavors! You'll always have fans in Utah.
Hey, Greg did manage the Toyota of Murray store for some years. That is plenty
Brad...I know you remember when we were kids and had that basketball game with
all the pro teams rosters (both ABA and NBA) and Jerry Sloan was on the Bull's
roster. I remember even then his reputation for being a "tough as
nails" guy. I think his departure truly will signal the complete passing of
an era in pro hoops that we'll never regain, and I believe the game will become
even worse of a basketball spectacle than it has become today.
The fun didn't run out the loyalty for Sloan did. We always wondered what type
of an owner Greg Miller would be. Now we know, classless. GOOD LUCK
JERRY!!!! Utah will miss you.
I'm sure DWill killed the fun. He's been a poor sport this season, obviously
not playing up to par. It's a shame that the players rule the game and Sloan
had obviously had enough. What a terrible thing to keep DWill and lose Sloan.
For everyone criticizing Sloan for never winning a championship I hope you are
prepared for the Jazz to become just like the Timeberwolves and the Clippers.
Sloan made mediocre talent work with a few stars (Malone, Stockton, Hornicek,
Williams and a few others).Now when Deron Williams leaves after next
year (which he will, 100% guranteed) this team will be a perpetual lottery team
that gets good players in teh draft only to lose them to the big market
teams.It broke my heart to watch Williams become a selfish baby this
year and it pretty much set the future of the Jazz.Thanks Coach
Sloan, you will be missed even if people don't realize it now.
Coach Sloan has been an amazing coach. True the Jazz have never won a title but
they have been one of the most consistent teams in the NBA. Look what happened
to the Bulls when Jordan left. Even more recent look what has happened to the
Cavaliers after James left. You can't build a team around one good player. You
have to build it around a style of play. I think DWill's lack luster
performance last night was lame. Millsap is the man!
I would hope that all of the finger pointing and irresponsible talk will wear
thin very shortly! We all appreciate dedication and Jerry Sloan leads all in
that arena. Now this frnachise will slowly move into another era, but succeed in
spite of yesterday's and today's announcements I believe. Just because people
have personal conflicts doesn't mean the sun will not rise tommorrow. Let's all
be fair with everyone involved because afterall we are not vested partners as
fans to a huge degree, but should hope that this change will be positive for
everyone. The future will dictate and hopefully soothe some hard feelings. Good
get rid of williams and get the Jimmer! I don't think he is the baby that
@ Old TimerI'll bet I'm as old-a-timer as you are, and I'm still
going to say that the proof is in the pudding and the stats: Jerry was an
also-ran, not a champion and it makes no sense to argue that the players over 23
years were mediocre.Neither was Jerry mediocre, but he couldn't pull
it out when it mattered most. Even Jerry takes the blame upon
himself. In that, he is absolutely right.
Slaon NEVER got most out his payers, no, he got most out his
system,and sloan was largely responsible for what playerst hey had
on the team, and chased many away, and many never came,
becuase they were not allowed to star on team, only the point and
PF were allowed to star, everyone esle is and after thought, if you
great shoot guard or small forward why would want go to place that would run any
plays of offense for you?and being a hard_A when someone is out
shape, or doesn't work hard enough on their game, does NOT make you great
coach. Slaon had a great system and the loayalty of larry and
o'connor and rest the mangement, a loyality that lasted too long
when sloan showed could NOT win a championship with his system even with two
greatest in most important postions.So for all the success you can
give props to the system, and sloan's determination to ride his vetrans until
they wore out later in season, and is determination to beat everyone over the
head with his system, even when you ALWAYS knew they would_never go_anywhere and
successive lottery picks here we come....i wonder...will this be the end of
basketball in Utah?...i hope this wont turn into something like the sonics...
Never got the most of his players? Check out the roster for the 2003-04 team.
They won 42 games. That roster had NO business winning even 20 games.
Seriously....go look at it. basketball-reference.com /teams /UTA / 2004 . html
We will miss you Sloan!
I sure hope Jerry doesn't waste his time reading some of the
basketball-illiterate comments here. Some of you, if you actually knew
something about professional basketball, would be embarassed for yourself at the
idiocy of your comments. It's almost humerous, some of the
proported 'reasons' for Jerry's departure. Anyone who knows him at all would
realize he didn't resign over one incident, or one player He's
increasingly grown tired of having to coax good, old-fashioned, basketball out
of this new generation of players. I think he stuck around because the core
group he worked with were old-school enough to make it fun for him.I
don't know why he resigned. I listened to his answers today. I have decided
that the fun has left the game for him ... particularly when he has to tussle
with his team leader (DWill). It's not D-Will's fault, nor is it Jerry's. I
just think Jerry has grown weary of the struggle to cajole his team into
hard-nose basketball and a struggle with the team 'leader' was just the final,
not only, signal it was time.Jerry, I'll miss you
There's only one reason Jerry doesn't have a couple of championship rings and
his name is Michael Jordan - greatest basketball player in the history of the
planet. NO ONE else could've stopped the 97-98 team.Is it Sloan's
fault that Jordan was so much tougher mentally than Malone? I don't think so...
Yarrlydarb--I'll bet I'm even more of an old timer than you and you appear to me
to be one of those who think that a certain coach just comes in and make a
championship. You are a poor excuse for a fan and I've never heard a good fan
use terms like "championship coach" in terms of the NBA. My guess is
that you once coached a fantasy league team to a big title. Jerry Sloan is and
always has been--a winner. I doubt that you or you ilk could ever play for him.
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!
Earlier in the season, Sloan said he was excited and having fun. Then it ended.
When a player takes control, disaster will result.