Jerry probably didnt have anything to do with the personnel changes, that is
done by the GM. Jerry coaches whoever is put in front of him.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I credit Jerry's relentless hard
working attitude as key to the success of the Jazz and I hope it carries over to
the future. Saying Jerry should have retired 20 years ago rings of
the sour grapes attitude of a chronic malcontent.
C'mon LDS Liberal - Let's not make this a political discussion. I think the
idea of change has more to do with personality traits, don't you?
Utah is full of Conservatives.Conservatives hate change.Any
and all change.Beit; politics, religion, the resurant menu or
Jerry's "problem" was that he stayed too long. Long enough, that is
for the critics to analyze a remarkable 20 plus year run as one. Most coaches
are here and gone ten times in that period. Even the great ones don't stay in
one place as long as Jerry Sloan. Nice job, Jerry.
The writer is correct that the Jazz should move on to a new era - the post-Jerry
Sloan era. But to suggest that he "ruined some careers" or
"there have been dozens of players come through the system and the guys
that got cut or traded always come back to haunt the Jazz" is just
ludicrous. Dozens? Perhaps a list of players would be appropriate.
Players like Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley flourished under Jerry's system
then fell flat elsewhere in the NBA. This past year the Jazz gave up Ronnie
Brewer, Kyke Korver and Carlos Boozer (of course Ronnie was traded with the idea
of keeping Wesly Matthews) and they seem to be making a positive difference in
Chicago. But was their leaving Jerry's fault? (well maybe Ronnie). The fact is
that Jerry Sloan took players that otherwise might not have made it in any other
system, or might not have been given a chance, and helped them build careers in
the NBA. We and those players should be eternally grateful for that. And let's
face it, the short sighted attitudes of NBA players makes Utah a less than
desirebale place to live...for them anyway.