Editorial: The common man's coach

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  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 12, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    All compliments written here could also be given to assistant Phil Johnson, another humble, hard-working guy.

  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 12, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    I'm gonna miss the guy. I hope he has a great life.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Jerry is the greatest. When I want to refer to someone at my company for being stingy with his compliments/praise of others, I say he's "the Jerry Sloan of the company." Love his old school values and style of coaching, and will miss him in the public eye.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 11, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    Jerry is one of those people who you learn from just by watching the way he carries himself. Thanks so much! You will always be "the Coach" to me and countless others.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    The common man succeeds and is loved, but fans and players. Ty Corbin will also be that man. Now if the players will appreciate what they've lost and respond to Coach Corbin things won't be a complete loss.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    All sports teams would be better off with coaches like Jerry. Athletes who's ego's are blown out of proportion should be fined and banned from their leagues when they do something detrimental to the leage or their team. Pro sports are out of control and college is following the same path.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 11, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Mr. Sloan realized that he was from the old school where players actually cared about the game and not their paychecks and ugly tattoos. Intolerable for him. So long, old school.

  • Nancy L.V. Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 11, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    News of Coach Sloan leaving brought tears to my eyes. Some may say that its time for a new coach in order to win a championship; my reply is, With what players? Utah doesnt necessarily have the market or the money that big urban cities have to attract top of the line players. Sloans genius was what he could make out of 2nd round and non-drafted players; he could see the diamond in the rough. I think this superb skill and his discipline made the Jazz competitive with other playoff caliber teams. Given his circumstances, I think that Mr. Sloan did exactly the right thing retiring. If hes not going to receive the support from management to direct or discipline his players in an effective way in order to win, then its time to go. Who wants to be in a no win situation? After 22 years, Coach Sloan left on his own terms and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Coach Sloan, thank you for your many years of hard work and all youve done to make the Utah Jazz a respectable and competitive team! I will miss you!

  • richinvt4 Montpelier, VT
    Feb. 11, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Not able to see much of the Jazz in the northeast, I was amazed at their style of play when I finally had the privilege to see Jerry Sloan's system at work in 1994. I was hooked by the teamwork, as well as the required screening, passing, and cutting. I've been a fan of the Jazz ever since.
    Later, I came to admire Sloan's unpretentious but determined, passionate coaching style. He was not perfect, either as a human being or a coach, but he embodied devotion to developing his player, winning the right way, and remaining authentic.

    I will be less interested in the Jazz, as a result of Sloan's resignation. Previously, they did not let spoiled man-children run the organization. I fear this has already happened, but hope it hasn't.

    Perhaps Tyrone Corbin should not have been named coach; the player, who seems to know everything should have been.

  • kreese Taft, CA
    Feb. 11, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    As a player and coach, he was the same. He was a hard-nosed player--I would not have wanted him guarding me. He's been good for the game. The Jazz actually look like a "coached" team. I hope he has many good retirement years

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Feb. 11, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    J-TX - FYI. Webster's online dictionary has, as their #1 definition of 'deport' these words, "to behave or comport (oneself) especially in accord with a code."

    I think broadcastdon was right on with his statement, and he didn't make a Freudian slip. Maybe you guys in Texas, close to the border, have a different definition in mind. Just sayin'.

  • C1 Saint George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Guaranteed player contracts are the downfall of the NBA. That's why the players run the league... too much power. Once they get the big contract they call the shots. And way too often they quite trying. It's very difficult for a coach to impose any discipline on the team.

    Personally I prefer the NFL system... let the player get their guaranteed money through sign on bonuses but make the contracts non-guaranteed and give the power back to where it is supposed to be - with the coach, GM, and ownership.

    I love Coach Sloan. He is old school. Hard work, toughness, and competitiveness. Flashy... not so much. Lots of substance... for sure.

    The NBA is terrible and guaranteed contracts are the number one reason why.

    Good luck Coach Sloan. I'll miss you. I will follow the NBA even less in the future.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Feb. 11, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    @ broadcastdon: Interesting freudian slip: "Mr. Sloan, you have deported yourself ...."

    While I have the utmost respect for Mr. Sloan as a person and a coach, it is definitely time to step down and see if someone can deliver the championship Jazz fans have long thirsted for.

    I have never been a Utahn, but I know many Ex-Utahn Mormons who still consider the Jazz their team (for reasons I cannot comprehend). For their sakes, I hope the situation up there improves.

    -A Laker Fan in Dallas

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Feb. 11, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    broadcastdon wrote, "Mr. Sloan, you have deported yourself as a gentleman..."

    The only other person I ever called "Mr. Sloan" was my favorite professor in college more than 35 years ago. Other students called him 'Doc', 'Bill' or a variety of other names, but I always called him Mr. Sloan because of my great admiration for him and for what he contributed to our education and profession.

    I have those same feelings about Jerry Sloan. I got to meet him personally before we left Utah 23 years ago. He was still an assistant to Frank Layden at the time and my firm did some business with the Jazz. Mr. Sloan was humble, gracious, friendly and kind in our brief meeting. The Jazz organization and fans, and the entire NBA, have lost a giant today. May we all recognize his great contribution to our lives and the sport he loves so much. And may he enjoy is well deserved retirement.

    And thanks broadcastdon for helping recall both Mr. Sloans in my life.

  • What's up? Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    Growing up in southern Indiana, I watched Sloan play four years for the Purple Aces and was in Utah when he joined the JAZZ org. He never changed in all that time, giving his best effort every day and in every game. (This is not to pick on D-Will, but not sure I can say the same thing about him for the last month or so)

  • What Yeah Centerville, UT
    Feb. 11, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    Coach Sloan:
    Thank you. I hope to some day be as dedicated and consistent as you have been and will continue to be. You work hard and expect the best in everything you do, as well as from everyone else around you.
    When others don't perform as well as they should, you humbly take the blame and try to improve the way you do things in order to help everyone around you succeed.

    I have enjoyed watching you as a basketball player; however, if you had anything to do with Coach Sloan leaving (and that includes Coach Sloan "not having the energy" to put up with you and your whining anymore), I want you on the first plane out of town.
    I don't care how big you think you are. You are NOT Jerry Sloan big in the eyes of Jazz fans.
    A few weeks ago you defended Raja Bell when J.R. Smith shoved him to the ground. You had your guy's back.
    Well, guess what, "we know this guy," too. He's been OUR coach for what seems like forever.

    Yeah, DWill, you just pushed our guy, and we have his back.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Feb. 10, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Remember this day.

    It could be the beginning of the end of NBA basketball in this town.

    If this team doesn't win and win often the fans will be out the door which means the team won't be making money. The Millers may have some money but this team has to win to keep them here.

    I wish Corbin all the best and he has my support so I will watch for a while if he has the players support.

    Deron and his insubordination as team captain combined with the pathetic results of this group of players was the proverbial "straw" that caused Sloan to say so long.

    It was not a single event as portrayed in the national sports media but rather a cumulative effect that cause Sloan to say "I can't win a championship with these guys making this kind of effort".

    What an embarrassment to be THE player the drove the legendary Sloan away from the game.

    You better be ready to play to live up to what you have done now Deron.

    Be careful what you ask for is all I have to say.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    The thing I loved most about this guy is the way he made his detractors hide in shame every time he brought a new crop of players together as a team. The haters would come out and show their brass during every struggle, but would quickly hide their comments and their opinions each time a new Wesley Matthews or Paul Milsap would appear and lead the way. That was Jerry Sloan's doing. Work that his detractors will never and could never understand. Well, now we will see who was right. I'm not going to be a hater myself and hope for an implosion of my team to prove a point---but let's see just how many "coaches who win championships" are just waiting to flock to Salt Lake City. Now it's time for the Sloan haters and the players who know more than their coach to come together and enjoy their time of glory. If they are right--bright days should be right around the corner.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    A great man, a humble man, an honest man, and a good man.

    We, and the players he has coached are all the better for the time Jerry spent in Utah.

    Thank you sir!

    You will probably return to McLean, IL, but to most Uathns, you are a Utah native. Come back any time!

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 10, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    Thanks for everything Jerry.

  • broadcastdon Monteagle, TN
    Feb. 10, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    I was a young NBA fan in Chicago in 1966 when Jerry Sloan first earned my respect for the way he and Norm Van Lier played the backcourt for an "average-at-best" Chicag Bulls team. That respect grew to admiration as he continued to coach exactly as he played...with a 100% committment to the basic fundamentals of sound TEAM play and WINNING goals!
    Mr. Sloan, you have deported yourself as a gentleman and on worthy of our respect!
    Thank you...

  • GACougar Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 10, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    While I am not in a position to know all of the details, something about the way this came down just doesn't seem right. This is not the way I foresaw the Jazz sending Jerry Sloan into retirement. what a shameful way to lose this great coach.