GOD BLESS YOU BOTH, JERRY AND PHIL - each a class act, and together, AWESOME.
Some folks don't like the "old school" coaching. Some of us older
folks don't like the young, self-centered, overpaid young players who think they
are entitled to run the team and not listen to the coaches. This happens with
all teams, not just the Jazz. God forbid that Deron (or any of of the other
Jazz players) turns into a Kobe Bryant. There comes a time in one's life when
you know that it's time to step down. I believe that's where Jerry was at. The
halftime exchange between Jerry and D-Will isn't the reason for his stepping
down - but it may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
Rick, What's gonna happen is Ty will cave under DWill. I don't remember Ty
being a divaish type guy, and I'll bet he won't know the first thing about how
to handle him. DWill took CJ under his wing when he came on, and CJ is turning
into the divalike role himself. Unfortunately, just because you were a good
player, that doesn't mean you're going to be a great coach. A lot of years
under your belt gives you the experience. I agree, things had to change, we
were playing the same plays for years, but something's wrong when two coaches
quit at the same time -- MID-SEASON!!!
How did phil make the Jazz a better club. at 69 yrs. old, the guy has no passion
& drive left for the game..phil was a figure head- that's all. A guy making
all that money & never took players off to the side during a timeout &
gave any tips. phil just stood there next to sloan & did nothing...with both
nice guys gone, it's time to bring in a fiery coach who will lit a fire under
the players "shorts"....WATCH WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN !!
So much in this situation is bittersweet. What a significant move on Johnson's
part to leave when sloan announced. Their association is one of the most
synergistic in all of sports.Can you imagine, Phil Johnson has been NBA
Coach of the Year, but Jerry Sloan has not been? Utterly unbelievable that they
have been together so long.It is analogous to the Samurai who falls on his
sword in honor at the death of his Shogun.Both of these old warriors are
pure blood and guts class acts.
What a class act. Truly.
Coach Johnson, Thanks for a great run, and for the loyalty you have shown the
Jazz organization and Coach Sloan. As fans we could not have asked for a better
tandem! You sir are a first class individual!
I well remember Phil as a forward on the Great Utah State U teams of the early
60's and a teammate to the great Wayne Estes. Good player and coach and a class
One word about Coach Johnson.. "Class"
Phil kind of got lost in the shuffle but he's a class act. Never underestimate
the value of a good wingman.
Phil you are a truely loyal and classy man. You couldn't have left in a better
way, it is the Jazz organizations loss for sure to loose you two great men. I
wish both you and Jerry the best in the future, thank you to what you did to
always make the Jazz look good, you will be missed
How about this? Jim Boylen seems to be right at home with not too tough players
who don't know how to execute--make him Tyrone Corbin's #1 assistant. Next, Dr.
Hill should hire people who know how to turn average players into solid
contributors and who get the notion of "get tough or get lost."
Ahem--I know two coaches who might be available.These two might set the
PAC 12 on it's ear. Well, they seemed to know how to win in the NBA anyway--