Brad Rock: Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson's best year wasn't one you'd expect

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 21, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    last 3 games CJ Miles averaged above 30 mins 0-3 record...i think...CJ needs to start....but...he should sit down at the the 4th quarter...he is not helpful when he is chucking up screens

  • sputterish Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 21, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    Hotsauce78 is absolutely correct. Too many people think the coach is just somebody who draws up occassional plays, but so much goes into really coaching. Without Sloan's system, Stockton and Malone would have just had average careers at best. Our only hope is that Corbin means what he says about keeping the Sloan system. That said, we have to add in that he also has to maintain a high level of respect from the players, managing to discipline and motivate at the same time. He's got to get them sold on the defense mantra, and somehow sold on feeling like Utah is the place to play.

    Ummm, Ak needs to earn his salary? Given that a salary like his is impossible to earn, he's come close this year. Remember, he's a difference maker in the every way that doesn't always show on the offensive stats. And Millsap? He's been playing out of his head for most of the season. All players go through slumps, but talking trades for these two is nuts, as is judging Memo before he's been able to come back healed.

  • hotsauce78 Layton, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Enough!!! Yarrlydarb and the others like him need to be corrected. Stockton and Malone had great careers and did many good things for the Jazz, but without the SYSTEM of Jerry Sloan's they wouldn't have had the careers they had. Timing is everything in sports and to have Stockton and Malone together with Sloan's system made all three successful. Does anybody out there really believe both players could create their own shots like in most systems in the NBA? Stockton needed the constant screens to get open, and does anybody think that Malone could break anybody down off the dribble? No. Neither could create on their own shot and if they would have been on other teams, wouldn't have had the production they did with each other and Sloan. Think about others. David Beniot was somebody here, but left for greener grass and fell of the end of the earth. Shandon Anderson? Howard Eisley? Bryon Russell? I can name more who became somebody here, but when with other teams, became oblivious. Sloan did more than most will give credit for. He did say that about Stockton and Malone, but that's his style.

  • josemb navotas, philippines
    Feb. 20, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    there is a big difference this time: no more sloan. sloan's coaching and system enabled a bunch of scrubs to overachieve through hard work and good team play. right now, the inmates are running the asylum. i doubt ty corbin's coaching, personality and disciplinary skills can rein in the current jazz players. last 3 games? they failed to execute those simple plays at the last minutes that would've gotten them the wins. 3 point shots and botched up plays instead of giving the ball inside to AJ or Millsap

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 20, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Okur is garbage. He is done playing basketball.

    Time to play Fes or cut him loose.

    Time to play CJ more minutes or cut him loose.

    Time for AJ and AK to earn their salaries. Same with Millsap.

    Bell needs to retire..........

  • Calgary Calgary, AB
    Feb. 20, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    True it was Sloans best coaching job and the most fun team to watch. But what did he do next? Instead of sticking with his all star and looking to compliment him with either pass first PG ( they let Mo go what a bummer), or good center - they added Boozer and Okur , switched back to boring and predictable PG to PF dominated offense and pushed AK to role model. You do not do that to your highest paid players and All-stars. That was biggest Sloan's mistake which damaged AK's career and got Jazz nowhere.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Johnson would have been dynamic as second man to Jackson, Riley, Popovich, and several other NBA great coaches.

    And Jerry, too, would have been dynamic as the second in charge with any one of those great coaches.

    As Jerry often said, Stockton-to-Malone, made him, not vice-versa.

    With that statement, he's always been right.