Utah Jazz: Phil Johnson surprised Jerry Sloan by saying he would go too

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  • Mang salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    GOD BLESS YOU BOTH, JERRY AND PHIL - each a class act, and together, AWESOME. Some folks don't like the "old school" coaching. Some of us older folks don't like the young, self-centered, overpaid young players who think they are entitled to run the team and not listen to the coaches. This happens with all teams, not just the Jazz. God forbid that Deron (or any of of the other Jazz players) turns into a Kobe Bryant. There comes a time in one's life when you know that it's time to step down. I believe that's where Jerry was at. The halftime exchange between Jerry and D-Will isn't the reason for his stepping down - but it may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

  • suess Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Rick, What's gonna happen is Ty will cave under DWill. I don't remember Ty being a divaish type guy, and I'll bet he won't know the first thing about how to handle him. DWill took CJ under his wing when he came on, and CJ is turning into the divalike role himself. Unfortunately, just because you were a good player, that doesn't mean you're going to be a great coach. A lot of years under your belt gives you the experience. I agree, things had to change, we were playing the same plays for years, but something's wrong when two coaches quit at the same time -- MID-SEASON!!!

  • Rick Northport, NY
    Feb. 11, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    How did phil make the Jazz a better club. at 69 yrs. old, the guy has no passion & drive left for the game..phil was a figure head- that's all. A guy making all that money & never took players off to the side during a timeout & gave any tips. phil just stood there next to sloan & did nothing...with both nice guys gone, it's time to bring in a fiery coach who will lit a fire under the players "shorts"....WATCH WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN !!

  • goitalone w bountiful, ut
    Feb. 11, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    So much in this situation is bittersweet. What a significant move on Johnson's part to leave when sloan announced. Their association is one of the most synergistic in all of sports.
    Can you imagine, Phil Johnson has been NBA Coach of the Year, but Jerry Sloan has not been? Utterly unbelievable that they have been together so long.
    It is analogous to the Samurai who falls on his sword in honor at the death of his Shogun.
    Both of these old warriors are pure blood and guts class acts.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    What a class act. Truly.

  • CC Saint George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Coach Johnson, Thanks for a great run, and for the loyalty you have shown the Jazz organization and Coach Sloan. As fans we could not have asked for a better tandem! You sir are a first class individual!

  • flyfish41 Ashton, Idaho
    Feb. 11, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    I well remember Phil as a forward on the Great Utah State U teams of the early 60's and a teammate to the great Wayne Estes. Good player and coach and a class act.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    One word about Coach Johnson.. "Class"

  • Cap'n Parrotdead Onalaska, WA
    Feb. 11, 2011 12:00 a.m.

    Phil kind of got lost in the shuffle but he's a class act. Never underestimate the value of a good wingman.

  • Jzzfan South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Phil you are a truely loyal and classy man. You couldn't have left in a better way, it is the Jazz organizations loss for sure to loose you two great men. I wish both you and Jerry the best in the future, thank you to what you did to always make the Jazz look good, you will be missed

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    How about this? Jim Boylen seems to be right at home with not too tough players who don't know how to execute--make him Tyrone Corbin's #1 assistant. Next, Dr. Hill should hire people who know how to turn average players into solid contributors and who get the notion of "get tough or get lost." Ahem--I know two coaches who might be available.
    These two might set the PAC 12 on it's ear. Well, they seemed to know how to win in the NBA anyway--