Being a huge Aggie basketball fan I'd be both torn and excited about this. I
know Stew won't stay in Logan forever, but if he goes somewhere else, going to
Salt Lake to coach the Jazz would be far and away my favorite choice.Having watched countless live games in the Spectrum, Stew's system just plain
works. He gets some decent recruits, usually not as much talent as BYU or Utah,
and turns them into a well-oiled basketball machine that often beats BYU and
Utah.It involves a strong half-court set defense and some very
complex uses of simple offensive sets to eventually confuse a defense and create
an open shot. I don't know that his style would work well with a 24 second shot
clock though. Utah State often uses 30+ seconds to get a shot off.Seeing Stew coach the Jazz would be absolutely awesome. I'd just miss him up
Stew is a great college coach period. NBA no, how many great college coaches
have made it in the pros? almost none.
I mentioned him last year (Stew Morril) I think he is one incredible coach, talk
about system-he has one also.... But Stew "makes you play defense" he is a
solid defensive coach, and his teams always win and have great chemistryHe has been for years the most underrated coach in the West.Stew has passion, his teams very hard working and unselfish. I would be
elated if he is the nest jazz coach. The only reason I did not have him a the
top of names i threw out is lack of NBA experience.However. I like
Stew Morril would make an excellent choice?Maybe
the REAL reason the Jazz don't have TWO championships is because the NBA is
rigged! Every in the upper tier of the NBA and world of marketing and
advertising needed Jordan to win his "last" games playing basketball. Phil
Jackson is a good coach but you could say that anyone was a good coach if they
had Jordan, and now Kobe, to give him his championships. I'd take
Sloan as a coach over any of the other coaches. He has coached the Jazz back to
a top tier NBA team when only a few years ago after Stockton and Malone left,
the Jazz couldn't win anything. If it wasn't for Sloan, the JAzz would still be
that bad. 'NOugh said.
So in the last 20 years there have been, I think, 7 coaches who have won NBA
championships. That is it, 7. Five of those guys are still coaching. Which
means, according to many of those who have posted so far, there are five coaches
in the game right now who are worth keeping around. Many of you feel like
success in this game is only about championships, and although nobody would love
that more than me I am realistic.But if you who hate Jerry want to go
recruit Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers or Phil Jackson to coach go ahead.
They are the only guys that have proven they can win, and that are still in the
game (I leave Larry Brown out because look at the Bobcats, seriously). The
point is Jerry Sloan is a very good coach, he may not be the best in the game
but he is probably the best for the Jazz system. Remember the Jazz usually have
winning seasons with second round draft picks, not big free agent grabs. He gets
guys to deliver better than just about anybody else.
The reason he has been successful all these years is he most likely doesn't read
these comments.There is no list of possible replacements that has
been mentioned.Phil Jackson has a jobLarry Brown failing
miserable at his currnet positionJeff Hornacek able to teach AK how to hit
only seven 3 pointers in 2 seasons.Kirt Rambus already employedCharles Barkley has to take time off to be incarcerated.Don Nelson may
soon be availableD'antoni busy politicing to get LeBron or Dwade to visit
the big city.There is alot to be said for lack of revolving
doorsyndrome in Utah. New coach new system takes time away from player
development. A new coach could soon turn Utah into the Nets of the west.Jazz had a chance at a national title and was only snatched away by the worlds
best player....if you have to go that is a good way to go.
NBA Championship aren't won by coaches, it's talent and timing. Coach Sloan has
done a great job here in Utah and I for one am grateful he is here. What you see
is what you get with coach Sloan. Honest, hard working person who gives no
excuses for poor performances. He expects his players to play at the highest
level ALL THE TIME.(Carlos Boozer)not when they feel it is in their best
interest. Coach Sloan I for one hope you keep signing those one year extensions.
Sloan signed a one year extension becasue he knew next year will be the year -
when he can get rid of Boozer, Korver, Brewer, and maybe even AK for a couple
good free agents, and the lottery pick from the Knicks. He is the man.
love sloan BUTT if all the fans want to see kufus and fes play and at least on
the blog looks like they do he should at least try it. looks to me like the
fans should count for something be hard to play and get paid millions with out
them. dont know why anybody would want to coach 21 years. he must realy love it
he spent his whole life in baskettball. probly dont have that many quilty years
left to injoy other thing. so if thats what he enjoys in life he has my vote to
coach as long as he wants
Coach Sloan is fabulous. He coaches as long as he wants to in my mind. Those
who don't like him have publicly offered their stupidity to the rest of the
world. Thanks for calling yourselves out, life for the intelligent is much
easier when the idiots of the world stand up to be counted.
So that's what you think coaching is: game management? No wonder you want Sloan
out.You apparently have no idea that game management is about 5% of
what a coach does. Most coaching goes on behind closed doors, not what you see
on TV.Jerry Sloan has a philosophy. He wants his players to be
comfortable in their roles so he schedules when they will be in the game and for
how long. He wants his time outs at the end of the game instead of calling one
every time the other team scores three times in a row. He has a young team that
excels in physical play and effort rather than talent; teams like that often
struggle on the road (in part because of home cooking - calls against the Jazz
that wouldn't be made in the ESA).Just because you can't grasp or
understand the benefits of his philosophies doesn't make him wrong.
I don't think what most of the people who think we are trashing Sloan realize
that I would dare to bet that all of appreciate what Sloan has done for the Jazz
and the organization. That being said as it goes for players it also goes for
coaches and that is "what have you done for me lately". Sloan has some great
qualities that he brings to the team and there is no doubt about that but there
are also some glaring problems that are issues. A losing record on the road
since the last time we went to the finals, player utilization, timely timeouts,
and game time decision making. There are plenty of coaches who can
coach this team and those saying there is not are just scared. This team is very
talented to think that there would be a huge drop off do not know basketball.
Its not the same as a coach being replaced for New Jersey, or Minnesota.It all depends on how you look at it as a fan. Twenty two years of the
same thing or something fresh to breath new life into a team that verily treads
water with Sloan.
Uh, the teams with the most talent wins.We don't have the most
talent or even close for that matter.The bulk of talent is located
in LA, Boston, Orlando, and Cleveland. Probably or close to that order as
well.It does not matter what Jerry says or does there is no way this
team has the talent in comparison to LA to compete for a championship.Not really faulting the organization either. They realistically have had no
chance to get enough talent either.Seriously, Okur, Fess, and Koufus
vs. Bynum, Gasol, and Odom?Are you starting to get the picture?When Phil Jackson did not have some of his current cast but he still had
Kobe and some others? They got punked by the Suns in the 1st round of the
playoffs in back to back years.Now Phil gets a pile of talent (see
collusion with Memphis and NBA for details) and suprise NOW HE IS A GREAT COACH
AGAIN!!This is not rockets science--if you are a decent coach with
the most talent you will probably win.Look at Doc Rivers in Boston.
Thats how they won it.Case closed!
Fools who post... consider this... If Jerry Sloan were to announce that he
wouldn't return to the Jazz after this season, all but two of the NBA coaches
would be looking over their resume, knowing they'll likely be fired to make room
For all you people whishing Jerry Sloan to move on, Be very careful what you
whish for ! I dig Jerry and the way he go's about his buisness. Jerry Sloan is
in charge and that is it. Some people in Utah Have no idea what the real world
NBA is all about. Can You imagine dealing with the stuff they deal with in New
York, Miami, chicago etc.... People dream about having players like Kobe playing
for the Jazz. Do you think those type of players/personalitys would fit it Utah
? Jerry is our Guy and the players that play for him are his guys and if they
are not ? It's take the trane ! I have never met Jerry Sloan but, I feel I
have known him all my life. I am a son of a retired steele worker of 45 years
that still works ! Personaly, I would wrather loose with Sloan than win with
Well said Matt! What a tremendous compliment from Coach Van Gundy, "To me, it's
as big an accomplishment as anybody has ever reached in this league..."Way to go Coach Sloan!
Okay, you Sloan haters are absolutely crazy! The reason the Jazz haven't won
championships has much more to do with the teams and players than Jerry Sloan.
In fact, he may just be the best coach out there to be able to succeed as much
has they have with the level of talent he has worked with. Come on, let's be
real! The grass is always greener on the other side! As far as I am concerned,
he should stay as long as he feels like! Thanks Jerry.
I like Sloan....he is old school....full of integrity and no BS! Did you watch
the Basketball Hall of Fame Awards this year......Sloan even upstaged Michael
Jordan that night....Sloan's speech was great...really a humble honorable guy!
Sloan could've been playing a backup center with all the injuries the past two
years, his reasons fornot making it work are on him. he says he can't get out
there and defend, like anyone thinks thats going to happen, instead we get his
smoke and mirrors at the center position, todd from santa anna is right,
he doesn't know how to work a center into the game.
The jazz are going to keep struggling, until they give fez "more" minutes.
HAHA. The jazz are struggling and its on jerry. theres no way hes going to
Jerry Sloan is the greatest NBA coach of all time. Enjoy him while you still
bag of popcorn be the coach over Sloan. DWill could coach better. My grandma
probably could to.
I'm sorry, but if any of you feel like any other coach could/would do a better
job than Jerry is doing, you've got another thing coming. There aren't very many
great coaches in the NBA, and the ones in Jerry's league won't ever come to Utah
to coach. So, we either enjoy the great coach we have or end up with someone
like Bernie Bickerstaff, Lawrence Frank or Tim Floyd, because you're not going
to get a Pat Riley or Phil Jackson in Utah... period. You tell me who you'd
rather have instead of Jerry that is available right now? Nobody!
NBA coaches of good teams would love for Sloan to keep coaching. They know how
to beat him more times than not.Miller and his personality are the
primary reason Sloan was not fired years ago. Besides the Utah fans were happy
just to have a team and then a team that made the playoffs. There was never any
real pressure. Just be above average.
Let Sloan stay with the Jazz as long as possible... Then hire a coach who can
actually win an N.B.A Championship!
Jerry-we've had some great times, the highs and lows and the bitter
defeats. Thanks, but it's time to move on. Grab your boots and fire up the
tractor. Time to ride off into the sunset.
I agree. It is great to see old school loyalties from an organization in such a
messed up new world