I think Jerry should take on a little bit different task in basket ball. He
should go coach a high school team. He could throw all his energy into building
a team each year out of kids with pimples. The kids in Utah would feel so
intimidated that they wouldn't even think of talking back to him. Of course, many of the kids would get their ears burned off the first
day of practice, so maybe not quite such a good idea.If Jerry comes
out of retirement with the Bobcats, he will last no more than a year because no
way Jordan will support him and the players, say about 95% of them, will believe
he is over the hill, doesn't understand the game anymore and want to get
rid of him. In a word, they will get sideways with him on the first day of
practice when they pull out their cell phones to send a tweet or a text. Likely
even before that when one of them walks out of the dressing room with a head
band on or their shirts untucked....yeah that would just about do it.
gdog:You said: "I don't know about him being one of the best ever
though I say he is somewhere close to the top 10"I guess you and
I have different definitions of " one of the best ever". Considering
the hundred's of coaches that have been in the NBA, I'd say
"somewhere close to the top 10" qualifies as one of the best ever.And of course players today need coaches...that's kind of a given
with the current way the game is played. I simply stated that Jerry may not
want to work with today's players which is why I agreed with Brad Rock and
his premise in this article. I just happen to agree with his opinion.
I think Brad Rock is writing this out of fear that Sloan will somehow tarnish
his legacy by coming back. No one wants to see him come back and somehow not be
as good as he was.
I think the Jerry Sloan era is over. His conservative ways won't cut it
with the current NBA player mentality. I'm sure high flying dunks and alley
oops would be frowned on for real. Those are the real entertaining points of BB
these days and BB fans like to be entertained. He is a good coach, not the best
in some respects, but he seems to have a real problem with communication skills.
Case in point: Andre Kirilenko and his breakdown one season. I'm wondering
if coach ever asked Andre what the problem was with the crying. It's
"his way or the highway" as the saying goes and he doesn't give an
inch. I'm pretty sure Deron Williams had some really great ideas how to be
a point guard without interference. Makes me sad that such a great player
couldn't see eye to eye with coach, and we lost out on that all together.
Yeah, maybe Williams woudln't have signed with the Jazz when his contract
was up but I'm sure he would have stayed if coach Sloan had retired before
I would love to see Jerry back at it, but not with Orlando or Charlotte. The
situation with both of those teams is worse than the D-Will saga. Maybe a team
with a better situation like Atlanta or even LA Clippers (they do not love Del
Negro and I think would jump at the prospect of Sloan).
Why do I get the feeling that Jerry Sloan probably doesn't seek out Mr.
Rocks advice on how to be happy?
@CBPapaYou wrote "The problem isn't Jerry's coaching
ability...arguably one of the best coaches ever. The problem is the players from
the millennial generation. Who wants that headache?Rather you like
it or not, the players of this generation need coaches. If Jerry is one of the
best coaches ever as you said, and wants to coach again, then he will need to
relate to the players NOW.That said, I see Coach Sloan as a solid
coach. I don't know about him being one of the best ever though I say he is
somewhere close to the top 10. He has his strengths and weaknesses as most all
coaches do. Being successful has as much to do with the organization and players
as it does the coach. I don't know if there is a good situation out there
for Jerry. Part of me would like to see him come back for the dream of riding of
in the championship sunset. The realist in me thinks he had his run and coaching
should stay in his past. I don't see Jerry as a quick fix fast
food coach like Larry Brown.
Many people of his generation are not interested in retiring and essentially
doing nothing. He wants to work.He has been associated with
basketball his entire life and even though it may be frustrating it is what he
loves to be frustrated by.All that said, he would have a hard time
finding an organization that would back him like Larry did because clearly even
Larry's son did not which is why he is no longer coaching the Jazz.Best of luck Jerry.You are a legend either way.
I don't agree with many of Brad Rock's rantings (did you read his blog
about BYU Rugby?? C'mon...how about just giving the athletes some credit?)
But he's spot on with this article...The problem isn't
Jerry's coaching ability...arguably one of the best coaches ever. The
problem is the players from the millennial generation. Who wants that headache?
Retirement is fun if you have something to retire to. I don't think you go
from the hyper activity of being an NBA coach to cleaning out the garage and
live a life of contentment. Jerry will be back, at least for awhile. I think
he's been job hunting more than people imagine.
His only highlight is by walking in the morning may not be enough for him. No
wonder he watns to come back to walk more during practices, games and medias.
Good luck Jerry which I believe that is where you belong in the nba.