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Published: Sunday, June 2 2013 10:00 p.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Jerry,

Haven't you made enough money to retire and let another younger man have a career? If you love basketball so much, why not start a league for disadvantaged youth so they can dribble a ball instead of shoot bullets at each other? When is enough "enough"?

Signed,
Curious former Jazz supporter (when they placed a competitive team on the court)

CoachJ
Ijamsville, MD

Hey 2Smart4U

Just wondering why you would complain about Jerry coming back and at the same time you say you are a former Jazz supporter when they placed a competitive team on the floor.

Isn't that an oxymoron? Wasn't Jerry the one that put the competitive teams on the floor?

Or are you referring to the "competitive" days with Adrian Dantley, Rickey Green,and Darrell Griffith when they were finishing 5th in the MidWest Division?

Jerry needs a position of authority that will allow him to get this team to start playing physical and with a purpose. To start playing defense or you will be on the bench no matter who you are. We need the Jerry Sloan toughness

BlameItOnTheOfficials
Cottonwood Heights, UT

RE:toosmartforWHO?

I think it's up to Jerry to decide and not up to anyone else to tell him when he should retire or what to do with his life.

I'd welcome Jerry back in a heartbeat. He is an incredibly intelligent individual and would be a benefit in any capacity in the Jazz organization.

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

Always have to have one grumpy troller. We have a dozen or so Senators, Congressmen, (excuse me congress-persons)much older than Jerry. He is just a pup to them.
I think this is great news. He can help whatever he does. Oh and Jerry please get in Corbins way. He could use some help..

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Enter Jerry Sloan or rather re-enter Jerry Sloan to do what?......

Jerry has always been willing to listen to and take advice and not be in charge....

Does anyone really believe that?

Jerry does his best work on the floor as the head coach getting the most out of players.

How did Michael Jordan do as a coach? That is how Jerry would be as a consultant, that is how Ostertag would do as a point guard.

It would be wonderful to have Sloan back as a coach but the Jazz already have one of those.

Jazz should either man up and hire him back as the head coach or they should encourage him to go and coach the Clippers where he has quality players to coach. Giving him a title and a mostly crippled role as a consultant would not be the best place for Jerry, no matter how much we still like the guy.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Jerry Sloan is a true gentleman, as well as a darn fine coach.

He will be an asset for whomever he works for, or get along just fine having fun with his farm and tractors.

It is unbelievably refreshing to see Jerry Sloan's humble, helpful and patient approach to an issue. Especially when contrasted to the arrogance, greed and lack of class shown by the vast majority of NBA players.

Best wishes with whatever you decide to do, Coach.

I don't even care much for basketball, but I do respect and like great people, hence the interest in reading about this fine man.

DEW
Sandy, UT

I can see Jerry on the side teaching some old school like Karl Malone would say. Inmagine seeing John Stockton coming back and as well D. Will in the mix. D. Will did say he likes this old school and wouldn't mind coming back. Anyway go light with Jerry and I believe he would benefit some ways for Corbin.

zabivka
Orem, UT

Well, let's quit jackpotting around and give him a job somewhere in the organization!

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

As tough as Sloan was on the court I heard more than a few times that almost every player that played for him respected and admired him. I don't know for sure what went down with D-Will, but even just this past season he was telling the media that he loved Sloan's system and wanted the Nets to go to something similar to it. I would welcome Coach Sloan back in any capacity. I don't know him personally, but I did cross paths with him a couple of times and he was just as nice and humble as can be. I really think he would take a role subservient to Corbin, but truth be known I wish he would replace Corbin.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

If Jerry Sloan comes back in any capacity other than Head Coach, I'd be shocked. The guy needs to be in control.

If he does come back, it won't last longer than a year. You can't teach a show horse to be a pony.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

I've often wondered what ever happened to the frequent poster "toddfromsantaana". I believe he was the one who coined the term "Sloanaholics" to disparage those of us who supported Jerry. I can just imagine what his reaction would be to the possibility of Jerry re-joining the organization!

@CoachJ: It's a bit of an overstatement to claim that "To start playing defense or you will be on the bench no matter who you are." Boozer couldn't/wouldn't play defense; Memo couldn't; Deron gave just sporadic defensive efforts -- and Jerry didn't sit them. They were the heart of his offense, and he was realist enough to recognize that. In the last 2-3 years of his tenure, the Jazz defense wasn't all that good.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

If the Jazz have any chance at all of getting Sloan, who is an ultra-proven hall-of-fame head coach, they would be crazy not to put him back in as their head coach. Even though Corbin is a very nice person, he's still a unproven project as a head coach. It was basically a consensus that the team had better players last year, but still finished worse than the year before. In fact, the general trend since Corbin became head coach has been down. Again, Corbin is a great guy whom I genuinely like. But his head coaching skills aren't even in the same league with Sloan's.

I (and undoubtedly many other Jazz fans) sincerely feel the Jazz organization should do whatever is necessary to put Sloan back in as head coach if they really do have that option. He's the real deal, and they may never get such a great opportunity again for a very long time. The time in now to take that big leap forward.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Jerry has forgotten more than most current coaches know. He could coach circles around 90% of the league right.

Give him the talent and Jerry could coach them to a championship. He would have two if it weren't for having the misfortune of going against the best player ever. Bad timing.

Unfortunately I think the Jazz are several years from getting really competitive because of how young their players are and how many missing pieces we have and of course what is available to get.

Realistically there is not a ton great talent available this offseason. It will be a rough season next year but alot of people are going to get their wish because the young guys are finally going to get their big minutes.

Nobody skips steps in the NBA. If you are young you lose and you never even get close to winning it all. It takes years of incremental progress. We have some good young talent and it remains to be seen if any of them can develop into near star status. As you can see Indian is winning without a bonafide "superstar" right now. George will be but he has disappeared in some games.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@toosmartforyou
"Jazz supporter (when they placed a competitive team on the court)"

Barely missed the playoffs twice in the loaded western conference and suddenly they aren't competitive? My, what a fair weather fan you are.

Confused
Sandy, UT

You guys really think Jerry will come in to "consult" coach?

One thing I have seen posted is that Jerry has a very good eye for talent and he can see things in players a lot of others don't see.

He was part of brain trust that select Stockton, Malone, Hornechek, Bailey and others...

Sloan has a good eye for talent, thus the invite to the combine.

Ishmot2
IVINS, UT

I would love to see Sloan replace Corbin, Corbin sucks and almost drove me to quit watching the Jazz. I get tired of seeing guys leave the Jazz to start on other teams. I really think that other teams look at the Jazz as an development team.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I knew my comments would produce a rush of Sloan supporters and a back-lash. So here's a few facts I used to base my comments:

1- I can afford tickets to one home game a season for my family to enjoy. One year when Jerry was the coach I picked the Orlando game; the Jazz lost badly. After the game Sloan said "The fans deserve better." I certainly agreed and wanted to know where I could apply for a refund because no Jazz player showed up for that game.
2- This last year I chose the New York game. NY played 4 games in 7 nights, had 3 starters out, and promptly creamed the Jazz...embarrassing.
3- I never said Jerry wasn't a good coach. Many years he was slighted, not winning Coach-of-the-Year honors. But that is history. He received a fat paycheck for decades (which he has earned, I believe) so he could really afford to help some disadvantaged youth. In my view, returning to the Jazz would be a waste of his talent.

Do whatever you wish, Jerry.

ALSO: Jazz missed the playoffs by 10 minutes total work in 3 games. Absolutely Pitiful.

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