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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 7:05 p.m. MST

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Provo, UT

@ Shawn

Don't be naive. Deron fought with Sloan, Sloan has still shown desire to coach since retirement.

Furthermore, the Jazz are not stupid. The Jazz franchise is one of the best run franchises in the NBA. It was obvious Williams was not coming back, so they did the smart thing and got what they could for him.

He pouted in Utah when things went wrong, he blamed his teammates for not knowing plays, he was short with the media.

A lot of the D Will faithful have him painted as some Golden Boy while he was here which he truly was not.

Remember when he threw the ball at Gordon Hayward?

I am not a D Will hater. I liked him when he was here. I am bothered he did not show the desire to stay. I think he lacks leadership, and does not have the best attitude, and clearly would have had a better career if he stayed. Hall of fame career. I think he will just continue to decline the way he is trending now.

It really is a shame too.

Orem, UT

D-Will is the best point guard in the league and if people can't recognize it, it is pure ignorance. I love how people on these boards only talk on what they hear they never read anything or actually watch a game. The Jazz would be a top 4 team in the west all through the year if we had D-will on the team. If the jazz want to be a championship caliber team they need a star on the team and also a new coach. We have the best big man rotation in the league and Corbin isn't using his young talent the right way. Make some trades happen Kevin.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

It's always telling to me how players grow up as they age.

As for Sloan and DWill not working well together, neither did Sloan and Malone. But Malone understood that, even if he hated Sloan, keeping a business relationship would bring success. Too bad for DWill that he didn't realize that while still in Utah.

@shawnm750 - You're right that DWill was traded, but he was only traded after it was apparent that he would not stay in Utah. Jazz brass got insane amounts back in the trade and did their best with the situation. If he would have been likely to choose to stay in Utah there's little chance they would have traded him.

East Elmhurst, NY

You know, for once I agree with all the posts on here!! Too bad for you D-Will your short-sightedness might have derailed your potential hall of fame career!

Ivins, UT

@ Herby,
Mo Williams comes to mind as a player that left the Jazz and became an all-star. Mo didn't want to go and Sloan didn't want to lose him but Kevin O Conner made the decision to leave him unprotected in the expansion draft. I dont know how much he would have flourished here because that was about the time the Jazz drafted D-Will I believe. Another player that has done pretty well believe it or not is Kirilenko. AK at his age is still putting up good numbers in Minnesota in all categories.

Bring Back Sloan
Provo, UT

I have to agree with a handful of comments posted: Indeed, it was Sloan's system that made these players as good, possibly better, than they could have been elsewhere. Could you imagine what Sloan would do with the likes of Kanter, Burks, Favors...& even Hayward (though I'm not completely sold on this kid yet, due to his inconsistency & lack of mental toughness at times). He would love Carroll's gritty & energetic nature.

Dennis, please bring Sloan back! He'll come back, I guarantee it!

Pleasant Grove, UT

Williams is not a happy man--that is painfully obvious. He whined (in a very unmanly manner) the whole time he "played" for the Jazz. He's again pulling his "injury" card with Brooklyn as he did here. Mostly, I think he is whining his way out of what could have been a great career.

Bellevue, WA

@Herby: I agree with your point. The only player I can think of who fits what you're looking for might be Mo Williams the first time around. Of course, he didn't really "play" for Sloan much, but he became an All-Star in Cleveland. Raja Bell, too, seemed to play a bit better in his Phoenix days than he did the first time in Utah. Interesting, though, that both of those guys were eager to come back to the Jazz.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

it would be great if they could get sloan and williams back. when sloan was there i always said it was time for him to go. but like deron i have learned IT WASEN"T

Ogden, UT

Say what you might about D'Will but Jerry Sloan has no rings and no Coach of the Year awards.

Always a bride's maid was Jerry, and that's the best he could do.

Either that, or he was the least lucky coach ever in the NBA; i.e., "It's the players' fault, not Jerry's."

Baloney! He couldn't quite get the job done.

South Jordan, UT

Deron William certainly "burned his bridges" with the Jazz. Hindsight is always better than foresight, Deron. Glad, at least, that he is saying something positive about the Jazz.

Cedar Hills, Utah

@herby, how about Kosta Koufus, Kris Humphries and Mo Williams all became starters and fine players after warming the bench in Utah. Also, Andrei Kirilinko is a better player now than he was his last 5 years under Sloan's system. While it is true the Jazz typically get the most out of players, not everyone flourished under the structure that Jerry implemented.

Salt Lake City, UT

I golfed with him.. Maybe one of the most arrogant and selfish people I have seen. Unbelievable.

Provo, UT

List of players who left looking for greener pastures, or were not resigned and did not thrive away from Utah:

Shandon Anderson

Howard Eisley

Carlos Boozer

Deron Williams (He was going to leave, and he still has time to change this and thrive, the jury is still out on that)

Greg Foster

Those are the most obvious ones.

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