Sloan was a rock solid guy. What did this guy ever do but win? He had only one
speed, one way....If anyone ever saw a more tenacious guy then Sloan as a player
or a coach, I am not seeing it.Sloan epitomized what hard work was all
about and had two Hall of Famers buy into his system...They remain loyal. I do
not think we will ever see another coach like Sloan in our lifetime.
CJ looks like you are in a losing battle, but so is your name sake.Sloan has many fans here who will be loyal to him just as many are loyal to
Hornacek even though he has proven over the years he is a great shooter but a
poor coach.I admire Jerry for sticking with it when he did not have
a prayer of winning but still stayed and coached whatever he had to play
with.Was it time for him to go? I think it was and he thought it
was whether a player or owner, something pushed him over the edge and he did not
have the drive to be there. You can't always be in charge of that time line and
it was better he go and the Jazz have a time to figure out their mediocrity this
season and have soome time to fix it during the offseason.Stop
calling the Jazz a small marekt team. In the top 20 paid teams in the world,
there are 4 soccer teams in the top 5, Lakers are in at numer 7 and Jazz are
number 11 in the world.
Jerry Sloan is an Icon!We were very lucky to have him for so many
years...Jerry Sloan was the Jazz!He is one of the main reasons that
the Jazz were successful for about 30 years.Congratulations to Jerry
Sloan. Men like Miller, Sloan, Stockton, Johnson & Malone are those have
made the NBA great. These men are True Champions! Champions of hard work,
dedication and professionalism.We Love Jerry...and Phil too!
@CJ Mileshe took a dive for the better...he could coach the end of the
season if he wanted to and collect the money...he could coach and not
care....for the next year...but he cared for the franchise...he took a dive...so
that the team..could start fresh...and move forward...move past the era of
Stockton and Malone and hand it over to the next generation...if he did it end
of the year...Ty wouldn't have at least a few months hand on experience...he
wouldnt have this much time to figure things out on his own...the last remaining
months that Ty took over was a good thing...at least he would know what to work
on at the end of the season...and adding his influence in it...you should look
at the whole picture as to why...i know honoring a contract is the right
way...but its not the only way to make things right....
I don't care what the reason was, you stay til the season is over and fulfill
your contract. This was a guy who was quoted often as saying that you are paid
a lot of money to play hard. I shouldn't have to motivate them. Well he was
paid a lot of money to coach the team and he walked out on them in mid-season.
That to me is someone who quit on his team while under contract. Don't sign a
contract if you don't want to fulfill it.
@CJ MilesHave you ever thought that KOC approached Jerry telling him
that they are willing to trade deron...and going for another rebuild...knowing
this and how old he is...he knew that the time was up and his body might not be
able to cope with more stress?...Never ever judge anyone that
quickly...till you have known all Facts...yeah he did have a run-in with
deron...but you really think that's the reason? i doubt...it was after the
meeting with KOC and Greg Miller that he decided to quit...a guy like him isnt a
quitter...a quitter wouldnt have stayed for 20+ years...a quitter is like lebron
who quit on his team to join other stars to win a ring...after 20+ years of
coaching...you cant call that quitting....
The speculation that lead to Jerry quiting was a run-in with Dwill. Sorry but
coaches have run-ins with players all the time.Give me a reason that
you think qualifies for Jerry leaving in mid-season on his team? Health would
be a good one or than that, I can't think of one.Dwill never quit,
he was playing hurt and couldn't make a shot. He was playing frustrated, but
never quit.And to say the Jazz were not a playoff team? They were
in the top 4 out West for a good part of the season. That seems like a playoff
team to me......
Re: CJ Miles and criticsNone of us on this message board know of the
circumstances surrounding Jerry Sloan retiring/leaving the Jazz along with Phil
Johnson. They are the kind of class people who will probably never reveal why
they did it. The bottom line, they did it for the good of the franchise and are
not the sour grapes kind of people who would air any laundry, if there in fact
is any. Another fact is, the Jazz were not in a playoff run with the players
they have, even if Williams stayed. Take a look at the roster. The biggest
blow(s) were Boozer and Korver leaving. Other things like the ups and downs of
CJ Miles and the apparent failure of Fesenko and Kirilenko to measure up to NBA
standards for stalwart status. Jerry and Phil apparently had enough of it. The
passing of Larry Miller is also a huge factor. This market and Jazz fans
everywhere owe Larry immeasurable gratitude. All we can do is continue to
support the organization and minimize our snipping and criticism. Who knows
what the future has in store. I wish the current players, management and staff
all the best.
RE: panamadesnewsSloan didn't win coach of the year becuase he never
did much coaching. no game time coaching, no strategizing, no
developing young players, not god at drafting, no nothing.HE had a
system and lived and died by it, never winning a championship.You do
not win awards for having a system that never won a chmaionship, not even withj
two of the supposedly greatest players of all time in prime positions of the
"system", a system that ignored the 2 and 3 positions for
23 years, and the 5 was just for defense and pointing out illegal offenses, a system that ruin the careere of players that did not fit the system
like ak, humphries, etc.a system that drove off more 2's and 3's to
other teams, or let them dwindle, a system where players are never
developed or had to develop themselves, or leave.a systen whre they
obvioulsy overachieved leaving them with mediocre to bad draft positions.a system that had only sloan type players, types that could never win
you championship not even if it took 17 years.A coach should get an
award for all this?
CJ:You are right - I know nothing about you - apologies. I don't know how my analysis of Jerry Sloan can equate to saying Bonds should
being named to the Hall of Fame. You don't know the fine details about what led
up to Jerry Sloan "quitting" mid-season, either. I only know where he
came from and what he achieved after it was all said and done - to me he is no
quitter and shouldn't be named as such.
@CJYou never usaally bother me with you smack. However, That has to
be the worst comparisons that I ever heard. Bonds cheated himself, the Game,
fans, etc.. If you want to talk about guys quiting lets talk about
Dwill, and how about the guy you admire who shows up 1 out of every 7 games CJ
Miles. Just to name a few.
Tom in CA......by your analysis, Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. His
numbers speak for themselves too.And Tom you know nothing about me
so stick to the facts...And the facts are Jerry quit on his team in the middle
of a playoff run!! How is that a cheap shot? That is the truth!!
A fitting award for an uncompromising coach. Sloan deserves a ton of credit.
If your manager sent all your talent away and was in the process of sending the
last bit of it away, you might quit, too, and let your favorite underling get
your job. Whether he quit in the middle of a season or at the end, it doesn't
matter. Sloan wouldn't have received credit if the Jazz had gone on to win home
court in the playoffs. Can you imagine the criticism he would have received
then? "See, we told you Sloan couldn't coach. Look at what his former
assistant has done!" Let's just accept the truth. Sloan was a great
coach, one of the most winningest coaches who ever lived, and he did it with
limited talent in a small media city that didn't have the resources to compete
for the Shaqs, Magics and LeBrons of the world. We've always predicted that
Sloan haters would rue the day when Sloan quit.
@CJ:As it takes one to know one - I'm sure you are one. Sloan's record speaks for itself - he was no quitter. Nice cheap shot, though.
Too bad they couldn't recognize him as "coach of the year" ONE TIME
when he was still coaching. The media ALWAYS had somebody (in a bigger media
outlet) that needed recognition the 2 or 3 years Sloan deserved it.But at least we appreciated him here... even if the NATIONAL media didn't.
Much better award than anything the NBA could award. This is from outside the
NBA world. Great job Coach Sloan and well deserved for your character and
Uh, Jerry and Greg won't be working together anytime soon is my guess. Rumor I heard is in that famed "meeting after the chicago
game" Sloan wanted Deron reprimanded/suspended for his
insubordination/running his own plays that quite possibly cost them the game.
(Deron 3 consecutive turnovers)Greg said "no" to Sloan's
recommendation and then Sloan said "Larry and I had an agreement that as
the coach I could run the team the way I thought best ti win games" and
Greg responded "that agreement ended with my fathers passing...".Sloan at that point immediately would have realized that the inmates
would be running the asylum thank to Gregs new approach. Then he told O'Connor
and Greggie "see ya"!That is what I heard at least....for
what it is worth. Kind of adds up when you think about how things transpired.
Jerry is a quiter.........Left his team in the middle of a play-off run. He
Good for Sloan, but he made it clear he's keeping a low profile & will not
have any role with the Jazz as that would be seen as undermining Corbin.The NBA should name the COY award for Sloan, but of course THAT won't
Sloan probably prefers to stay in Illinois but I wish he would come back here in
any role he wants.
This was a way for the NBA to justify not giving Sloan the COY award...Does that
work for you Mokie? If not Im willing to take some lessons from you
Jerry didn't win coach of the year because of Utah being a small market team.
Happy for him and glad he received this award. Nice for him to receive the very
first one. I would love to see him become the GM of the Utah Jazz, or work
somewhere in the front office. Greg needs to do it! Jerry has spent practially
his whole career with the Utah Jazz, and it would be a nice gesture if he could
help guide the Jazz to a championship and be a part of it. Maybe we should all
write to Greg and tell him how we feel about Jerry Sloan. I, myself, admire the
guy. The Jazz can still use his expertize - it would be a positive move for the
Nice attitude bigmom...you do need to learn that this was not an awards from the
NBA, but from the Pro Basketball Writers. The NBA has still never paid respect
to Sloan. Would you learn a little first before you speak next time.
What a slap in the face...This is a way for the NBA to make up for those other
times Sloan deserved it.