Utah Jazz: Sloan is ready to welcome embattled Boozer back to team

Coach is looking forward to season


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  • Millsap & Boozer
    Sept. 6, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    Just play them together. There. Fixed.

  • Sloan not perfect
    Sept. 3, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    I have always been a Jerry Sloan fan, he is consistently is a top 10 coach every year but he does make mistakes. He preaches toughness and defense and gives all the playing time to the players who rest on defense. He banded Morris Almond to the D League for lack of defense but allowed Boozer to play significant minutes with very little defense. I like his offense system but he doesn't always have the flexibility to change it to match the players on the team.
    I hope he coaches another 5 years and retires with the Jazz and moves up into the front office.

  • todd from santa ana "sure"
    Sept. 3, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    Sorry, that is a joke. If you guys think sloan is better than Jackson, I need to examine the air quality.


  • plyxply
    Sept. 3, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    Popovich maybe, Horny's not a coach, and Jackson is the most overrated coach ever, not worthy of comparison to Sloan, please.

  • The B.I.V.
    Sept. 3, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    ALMOST making it year after year is not entertaining. It's grindingly frustrating!

  • Miles
    Sept. 2, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    The question is do you enjoy watching the Jazz play? They don't have to win a championship to be an entertaining team.

  • todd on the "sloanaholics"
    Sept. 2, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    wow 2-1 ratio today favor of "jer" did he do a campaign?

    Fun and entertaining...That is all that matters. It is cool. I do not care anymore, to me O Connor has become even a bigger issue than jerry and that is saying something...If the players do not respond in any sport that becomes the issue of the coaches. I am convinced this team has more talent that the playoff round they get ousted the last couple years.

    The only way I would not complain is getting to the semis and losing to the Lakers.

    I could then say the team and coaches did the best they could with the personnel here. It is not a title but the Lakers will likely win several more anyway....

  • Shaybo
    Sept. 2, 2009 4:00 p.m.

    BYU hater's just can't give it up, this is just tired and boring.

  • Lee Cox@jzman
    Sept. 2, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    I am also amazed that your hand is still there!

  • Coach Sloan
    Sept. 2, 2009 3:39 p.m.

    Hall of Fame Career with a lot of class, boozer, pay attention to sloan and learn some things about attitude, character, and class!

  • Championship
    Sept. 2, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    The championship thing is way over rated. Look at BYU. They haven't had much success and they have one. If they had the BCS back then? They wouldn't have been a top 10 team. Sometimes, Luck happens or doesn't. We had two great shots at a title and we blew it. Chicago had Dick Bevetta in their back pocket and that was the simple truth that stopped Jerry, John and Karl and you/us from getting a championship.

  • Hi 5 Paw
    Sept. 2, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    Coach, great career with the Jazz. Well deserved recognition from peers and all accross the NBA. I look forward to many more years as you are the heart and soul of the team. If a few players would respond better to that heart - we would have had the championship and more. Perhaps this year they will.

    Congratulations and good luck again.

  • Why Boozer
    Sept. 2, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    Careful Sloan - don't step on Boozer foot and another 5 months of sitting and be paid!

  • BearOne
    Sept. 2, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Congratulations to Coach Sloan on Hall of Fame.

    I have been a huge fan of him for years now because of his approach to the game and to life. I'm sorry, detractors, but if you are happy watching spoiled brat players who basically run the team, owners who let them, head coaches who only last one or two seasons----then you need to become fans of some of the other teams where they allow players to be a disgrace to the team by their actions.

    I have always appreciated that with few exceptions, the Jazz players support and add to the community standards which we enjoy in Utah. The Jazz team will not stand for their players doing stupid, illegal things. Coach Sloan encourages the players to be responsible people, to do the right things at the right times and thus set a good example for our youth.

    GO JAZZ!!

  • re. plyxply
    Sept. 2, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    I can think of 3 better coaches; Popovich, Jackson, and Hornacek!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    Maybe the Lakers would be willing to offer advice on how to get a title....
    They seem to be pretty good at doing it over the years.

  • @wakeupjazzfans
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    I'm sorry but that is a most uncorrect statement for Utah. Yes we would like a championship, but it's all about having a team & people we are proud of and give us a lot of entertainment watching them play. We could end up in last place, but if we have a team that represents us well, I will support them forever. I could never support a team of thugs like the Denver Nuggets. Give me Jerry Sloan's Jazz anytime. They Rock and make me wanna keep watchin'. Eventually Good Wins Out.

  • Essentially Same Team
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    Prior to the beginning of last season there were notable NBA pundits that expected the Jazz to contend for a W. Conference Championship.

    Injuries decimated the team and the chemistry.

    This season will basically be a do-over except the guys have had another off-season to improve their games.

    This team is fairly loaded with talent and plenty of young guys. The front line lacks size and defense like it always has but hopefully with the injury bug behind them they can make a better effort and make this season what last season should have been.

    Remember? With two weeks left in last season we were within couple of game of the second seed. We still were competitive despite more injuries games missed than ANY TEAM in the league.

    If the injuries are not ridiculous we stand a decent shot.

    Boozer will be here to the trade deadline and if the Jazz have one of the better records at that point then look for the Jazz to keep him the rest of the season unless some ridiculous deal falls in their lap.

    Players don't dictate trades around here.

    AK? Tried/failed.
    Boozer? Tried/failed.

    Go Jazz.

  • Sloan has to go
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    Fire Sloan Hire Hornacek and the team will respond. Until then Jazz will loose in the first round and not play any defense.
    If Sloan's main calling card is defense and toughness and the Jazz were the softest team in the league last year that should tell Greg Miller that the team in not listening to him anymore and things that worked in the 80's don't work today....common sense.

  • Boozer synonym
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Loser. Can i stand the pain of watching this uninspired, selfish man again for a whole season? There is no hope for the Jazz. Ugh......Glad I do not have season tickets to this folly.

  • 21 More Years
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    Title please.

  • Re: Yup.....
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:00 a.m.

    The Jazz could be very good this year if Boozer decides to step up and be a man. I like the idea that could put DWIL, Boozer, Misap and Okur on the floor at the same time. Especially if they can pick up another player for Harpering.

  • The B.I.V.
    Sept. 2, 2009 10:53 a.m.

    I really wanted Sloan to retire along with Stockton and Malone. I respect what he's done and his Hall of Fame induction is well-deserved but the Jazz really need a fresh start. The Sloan era was done a long time ago. I look forward to the day he retires (which, unfortunately, will probably be the day he dies).

  • Armchair Coaches are best!
    Sept. 2, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    It is hard to look back on a few decades of winning seasons and say its a bad thing because of no championship. There are many teams without championships, especially in small markets.. The biggest difference is they have winning seasons 1 out of 10 years as they go through a new coach every season or every other season. I have no problem appreciated the past while looking to new possibilities of the future.

  • plyxply
    Sept. 2, 2009 10:46 a.m.

    Jerry Sloan in my opinion is the best coach in the NBA. If you want to go with someone who holds players accountable and believes in hard work and integrity there is nobody better than Sloan. He isn't perfect as nobody is, but he should be allowed to coach the Jazz until he chooses not to.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 2, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    RE: Wake up Jazz Fans

    Can I get an AMEN!

  • Be serious
    Sept. 2, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    the only reason Boozer is still with Utah is because no one else would meet his price. They didn't want him badly enough to pay for him. His attitude is part of the problem. He has never given 100% to Utah because he always wants to be some place else. He is not worth the high price he is asking for his talent.

  • Me too
    Sept. 2, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    One of the classiest guys in the history of the league: Understated; always practical. Has he made mistakes? Of course; we all do. I hope he stays until he is eighty. I heard him interviewed, when he was a player nearly foty years ago. I was amazed at his comments about the game then. He has only gotten better.

  • Wake Up Jazz Fans
    Sept. 2, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Hey folks, we're talking NBA basketball here, not sunday school. Utah has got to get over the "town nice guy" excuse to happiness. True happiness is an NBA Championship and nothing less!!!

  • yup rightfully so since everyone
    Sept. 2, 2009 9:03 a.m.

    seems to like mediocrity. he's only coaching cuz he's got nothing better whatsoever to do. the jazz team will maybe make the playoffs and then its out in either the first or second round yet again. i don't know exactly what they need to do to put them over the top like they want to do. the coach isnt going to do it for them. he's had a camera in front of him oh so many times and has been seen saying that 'its their job to play the game, i'm not here to motivate them, i dont know what to say to them'. that is not a very good coach at all. that is a coach who only cares about receiving his own paycheck.

  • go get em again
    Sept. 2, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    Article give insight as to what to expect this season which seems more of the same.

    Why would you trade Harpring (who is probably retiring)for Wally Zerbiak. The only thing they have n common is they are both NBA players. Harping is tough and does the dirt for the team, other teams like to give him a wide berth. If Matt does retire we should look at digging Bruce Bowen out of recent retirement who is relentless on defense yet unafraid to take the three when he is open and gives a veteran presence to the locker room.

  • A Soldier and a Fan
    Sept. 2, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    Coach Sloan is a great example in so many ways, humble, common sense, solid work ethic, good values, consistent, and a tremendous ability to build good people into great teams. I'd like people to watch and appreciate the Coach for the man he is and think about what he has meant to Utah, the Jazz, and the people whose lives he has touched. Sadly we are running out of people like this in sports who others can look up to and say with certainty that this is what right looks like.
    Best wishes for a great season Coach and congratulations on the Hall of Fame selection. Well deserved!

  • Bob2
    Sept. 2, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    Congrats on the Hall of Fame, Coach. You are one in a million and we are so fortunate to have you.

  • John Wicks
    Sept. 2, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    I hope Jerry stays around for 5 more years. He is a class act and is the Utah Jazz. Good luck this season coach.

  • mailman
    Sept. 2, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    Jerry sloan keeps it real. The West is strong again this year. It would be nice if the Jazz could pick up Wally Szczerbiak, to replace Harpring he will be missed.

  • Boise Bill
    Sept. 2, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    Boozer can really learn a thing or two about character if he pays attention to Sloan. Let's all hope he does.

  • jzman
    Sept. 2, 2009 12:39 a.m.

    Sloan is the man...i shook his hand in 1989 and I am amazed he is still there.