Comments about ‘Utah Jazz: Van Gundy marvels over Sloan's longevity’

Return to article »

Published: Saturday, Dec. 12 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended

I agree. It is great to see old school loyalties from an organization in such a messed up new world

pack it up 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.


Let Sloan stay with the Jazz as long as possible... Then hire a coach who can actually win an N.B.A Championship!

Yes most of the other

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.


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!

I'd rather have a

bag of popcorn be the coach over Sloan. DWill could coach better. My grandma probably could to.

John Wicks

Jerry Sloan is the greatest NBA coach of all time. Enjoy him while you still can!!!

Jazz Cop

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 change

Jazz Cop

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.

Sloan Is Great

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!


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.

Magna Ute Fan

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!


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 Phil Jackson.


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 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!


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.


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.

Love Jerry

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.

louisiana jazz 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


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.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments