Published: Thursday, Feb. 10 2011 6:00 p.m. MST
While I am not in a position to know all of the details, something about the way
this came down just doesn't seem right. This is not the way I foresaw the Jazz
sending Jerry Sloan into retirement. what a shameful way to lose this great
I was a young NBA fan in Chicago in 1966 when Jerry Sloan first earned my
respect for the way he and Norm Van Lier played the backcourt for an
"average-at-best" Chicag Bulls team. That respect grew to admiration
as he continued to coach exactly as he played...with a 100% committment to the
basic fundamentals of sound TEAM play and WINNING goals!Mr. Sloan, you
have deported yourself as a gentleman and on worthy of our respect!Thank
Thanks for everything Jerry.
A great man, a humble man, an honest man, and a good man.We, and the
players he has coached are all the better for the time Jerry spent in Utah.Thank you sir!You will probably return to McLean, IL, but to
most Uathns, you are a Utah native. Come back any time!
The thing I loved most about this guy is the way he made his detractors hide in
shame every time he brought a new crop of players together as a team. The haters
would come out and show their brass during every struggle, but would quickly
hide their comments and their opinions each time a new Wesley Matthews or Paul
Milsap would appear and lead the way. That was Jerry Sloan's doing. Work that
his detractors will never and could never understand. Well, now we will see who
was right. I'm not going to be a hater myself and hope for an implosion of my
team to prove a point---but let's see just how many "coaches who win
championships" are just waiting to flock to Salt Lake City. Now it's time
for the Sloan haters and the players who know more than their coach to come
together and enjoy their time of glory. If they are right--bright days should be
right around the corner.
Remember this day. It could be the beginning of the end of NBA
basketball in this town.If this team doesn't win and win often the
fans will be out the door which means the team won't be making money. The
Millers may have some money but this team has to win to keep them here.I wish Corbin all the best and he has my support so I will watch for a while
if he has the players support.Deron and his insubordination as team
captain combined with the pathetic results of this group of players was the
proverbial "straw" that caused Sloan to say so long.It was
not a single event as portrayed in the national sports media but rather a
cumulative effect that cause Sloan to say "I can't win a championship with
these guys making this kind of effort".What an embarrassment to
be THE player the drove the legendary Sloan away from the game.You
better be ready to play to live up to what you have done now Deron. Be careful what you ask for is all I have to say.
Coach Sloan: Thank you. I hope to some day be as dedicated and consistent
as you have been and will continue to be. You work hard and expect the best in
everything you do, as well as from everyone else around you. When others
don't perform as well as they should, you humbly take the blame and try to
improve the way you do things in order to help everyone around you succeed.DWill:I have enjoyed watching you as a basketball player; however,
if you had anything to do with Coach Sloan leaving (and that includes Coach
Sloan "not having the energy" to put up with you and your whining
anymore), I want you on the first plane out of town.I don't care how big
you think you are. You are NOT Jerry Sloan big in the eyes of Jazz fans.A
few weeks ago you defended Raja Bell when J.R. Smith shoved him to the ground.
You had your guy's back. Well, guess what, "we know this guy,"
too. He's been OUR coach for what seems like forever.Yeah, DWill,
you just pushed our guy, and we have his back.
Growing up in southern Indiana, I watched Sloan play four years for the Purple
Aces and was in Utah when he joined the JAZZ org. He never changed in all that
time, giving his best effort every day and in every game. (This is not to pick
on D-Will, but not sure I can say the same thing about him for the last month or
broadcastdon wrote, "Mr. Sloan, you have deported yourself as a
gentleman..."The only other person I ever called "Mr.
Sloan" was my favorite professor in college more than 35 years ago. Other
students called him 'Doc', 'Bill' or a variety of other names, but I always
called him Mr. Sloan because of my great admiration for him and for what he
contributed to our education and profession.I have those same
feelings about Jerry Sloan. I got to meet him personally before we left Utah 23
years ago. He was still an assistant to Frank Layden at the time and my firm
did some business with the Jazz. Mr. Sloan was humble, gracious, friendly and
kind in our brief meeting. The Jazz organization and fans, and the entire NBA,
have lost a giant today. May we all recognize his great contribution to our
lives and the sport he loves so much. And may he enjoy is well deserved
retirement.And thanks broadcastdon for helping recall both Mr.
Sloans in my life.
@ broadcastdon: Interesting freudian slip: "Mr. Sloan, you have deported
yourself ...."While I have the utmost respect for Mr. Sloan as
a person and a coach, it is definitely time to step down and see if someone can
deliver the championship Jazz fans have long thirsted for. I have
never been a Utahn, but I know many Ex-Utahn Mormons who still consider the Jazz
their team (for reasons I cannot comprehend). For their sakes, I hope the
situation up there improves.-A Laker Fan in Dallas
Guaranteed player contracts are the downfall of the NBA. That's why the players
run the league... too much power. Once they get the big contract they call the
shots. And way too often they quite trying. It's very difficult for a coach to
impose any discipline on the team. Personally I prefer the NFL
system... let the player get their guaranteed money through sign on bonuses but
make the contracts non-guaranteed and give the power back to where it is
supposed to be - with the coach, GM, and ownership. I love Coach
Sloan. He is old school. Hard work, toughness, and competitiveness. Flashy...
not so much. Lots of substance... for sure. The NBA is terrible
and guaranteed contracts are the number one reason why. Good luck
Coach Sloan. I'll miss you. I will follow the NBA even less in the future.
J-TX - FYI. Webster's online dictionary has, as their #1 definition of 'deport'
these words, "to behave or comport (oneself) especially in accord with a
code."I think broadcastdon was right on with his statement, and
he didn't make a Freudian slip. Maybe you guys in Texas, close to the border,
have a different definition in mind. Just sayin'.
As a player and coach, he was the same. He was a hard-nosed player--I would not
have wanted him guarding me. He's been good for the game. The Jazz actually
look like a "coached" team. I hope he has many good retirement years
Not able to see much of the Jazz in the northeast, I was amazed at their style
of play when I finally had the privilege to see Jerry Sloan's system at work in
1994. I was hooked by the teamwork, as well as the required screening, passing,
and cutting. I've been a fan of the Jazz ever since. Later, I came to
admire Sloan's unpretentious but determined, passionate coaching style. He was
not perfect, either as a human being or a coach, but he embodied devotion to
developing his player, winning the right way, and remaining authentic. I will be less interested in the Jazz, as a result of Sloan's
resignation. Previously, they did not let spoiled man-children run the
organization. I fear this has already happened, but hope it hasn't.
Perhaps Tyrone Corbin should not have been named coach; the player, who
seems to know everything should have been.
News of Coach Sloan leaving brought tears to my eyes. Some may say that its
time for a new coach in order to win a championship; my reply is, With what
players? Utah doesnt necessarily have the market or the money that big urban
cities have to attract top of the line players. Sloans genius was what he could
make out of 2nd round and non-drafted players; he could see the diamond in the
rough. I think this superb skill and his discipline made the Jazz competitive
with other playoff caliber teams. Given his circumstances, I think that Mr.
Sloan did exactly the right thing retiring. If hes not going to receive the
support from management to direct or discipline his players in an effective way
in order to win, then its time to go. Who wants to be in a no win situation?
After 22 years, Coach Sloan left on his own terms and deserves to be treated
with dignity and respect. Coach Sloan, thank you for your many years of hard
work and all youve done to make the Utah Jazz a respectable and competitive
team! I will miss you!
Mr. Sloan realized that he was from the old school where players actually cared
about the game and not their paychecks and ugly tattoos. Intolerable for him. So
long, old school.
All sports teams would be better off with coaches like Jerry. Athletes who's
ego's are blown out of proportion should be fined and banned from their leagues
when they do something detrimental to the leage or their team. Pro sports are
out of control and college is following the same path.
The common man succeeds and is loved, but fans and players. Ty Corbin will also
be that man. Now if the players will appreciate what they've lost and respond
to Coach Corbin things won't be a complete loss.
Jerry is one of those people who you learn from just by watching the way he
carries himself. Thanks so much! You will always be "the Coach" to me
and countless others.
Jerry is the greatest. When I want to refer to someone at my company for being
stingy with his compliments/praise of others, I say he's "the Jerry Sloan
of the company." Love his old school values and style of coaching, and
will miss him in the public eye.
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