Utah Jazz: Could Jerry Sloan come out of retirement?

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  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 6, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    The amazing thing about the Jazz decendancy to the bottom five of the Western Conference is the fact they would still be in the playoffs if they were in the Eastern Conference. I still maintain with this convoluted league idea of giving higher draft choices to lower echelon teams, where they then draft the superior players from high school, college and the other world class players, sign them, play them, and then lose them to free agency to the higher echelon teams; start over, and continue this process ad nauseum is ludicrous. The Jazz by being able to keep Malone and Stockton were almost able to overcome the largely impossible dream of small market teams to go to the pinnacle and almost win two championships. This is no longer possible in my judgement, for small market teams. These teams are merely farm teams for the major market teams. Let's take this league to the next level; play a 60 game regular season schedule; all teams then make the playoffs, play 7 game best of 4 series across the board, and see what happens. The season could still end by June every year. Everyone would share in playoff revenues.

  • josemb navotas, philippines
    April 5, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    funny thing about sloan haters; they blame sloan for everything. reality is we're now at the bottom of the bottom 5 of the NBA without sloan. granted the jazz were stinking already before he quit, the jazz would've still won games against the kings, wolves, wizards and other bottom-feeders of the NBA. right now, every team looks at the jazz as a sure win for them.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    April 4, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    I tell you what I would like to see is Jerry coaching the Jazz again!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 4, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    SloanHater is actually right. Further, there are several variations of the "system" and Sloan has used 5 or 6 of them over the years. Corbin is using a lot less of Sloans last "system" which is one reason why AJ all of a sudden blossomed. Corbin adjusted things so AJ is closer to the basket and can make quicker moves to the rim without dribbling.

    Corbin is smarter than most think.

    Kashi mentioned DET. That is a possibility.

    I actually hope Sloan does coach again. I would like to see him get more wins than the Zen Master from LA.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 4, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    No organization is going to hire a nearly 70 year old coach. They will take him at his word that he has no energy left. How do they guarantee that he won't run out of energy again early in his contract?

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 4, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    @CJ Miles

    If Hayward can put the nets to the playoffs...are you implying that CJ can take them to the finals?

  • He-Man Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Funny how Sloan Hater vanishes for a very long time and Todd From Santa Ana appears. After Sloan retires Todd vanishes and Sloan Hater is back. What do you want to bet they are the same person?
    Sloan Haters Laker comments are about as lame as it gets. No coach deserves that kind of insult except for ones who are low enough to coach the Fakers.
    Of course Sloan Hater vanished after Jazz fans got all over his case after admitting his hate toward Sloan had everything to do with John Ameachi. This has not been forgotten. Better change your name again. We know who you really are. Why are you watching Jazz games anyway? Glee, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance sound more like your tastes concidering your comments in the past. I did not care for the too much information you gave on attending the Utah pride festival eaither with John Ameachi and Rocky Anderson.
    This has nothing to do with sports.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 4, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    How did the Dwill trade hurt the Jazz? They were losing before he left because of his attitude. Let's see......

    Jazz: 2 - 8 last 10 games

    Nets: 1 - 9 last 10 games

    Dwill seems to be a difference maker!! But if Hayward were playing for the Nets, they would be in playoff contention.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 4, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    As a loyal fan of the Jazz and their multi-ethnic approach, I am certainly disheartened at the current state of affairs. It would appear that Andy Taylor" was run out of town and that "Barney Fife" now sits in the oval office.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    April 4, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Please dont, Sloan isnt the reason were losing. Its called our franchise player was traded and we are now in a rebuilding phase. As much as Sloam was good coach he could only do so much. The Williams trade has hurt us more than anything. People stop living in 98, the glory years. Sloan is done and if we still want a franchise here in Utah we have to support the Jazz as best we can through this hard transitional phase. The world isnt at a end and dont jump the bandwagon. I think Greg Miller has done the best with what he has, same with KOC. We have had to many good years, we dont know what its like to be like the Los Angeles Clippers. Its not the end of the world. Keep your head up Jazz fans.

  • Dr Truth SLC, ut
    April 4, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Jerry will only coach again if he can get his buddy Johnson to join him. Otherwise, who would come up with the in game coaching adjustments/strategy and or a different rotation here or there?

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    If he does come out of retirement, which I doubt he will, I hope it's in a situation where he could get the Coach of the Year award he deserved so many times.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 4, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    DaveDave: What are the sources for your nonsense? Are Greg and you best friends? Or does Jerry call you nightly to check in? Is Dwill a frequent guest of your home?

    I love it how people on here seem to know all the answers to the non-answerable things. Until Jerry writes a tell-all book or Dwill comes clean it's all nonsense.......

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Sloan should pull a Larry Brown. Get Paid off huge and chase the dream.

  • The "A" Hendersonville, TN
    April 4, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    SloanHater, you are absolutely correct on this one. Having played for Coach Motta and Coach Johnson in the 1967-68 season at Weber State I can attest that the Jazz run an extension of the weber state "purple offense". Give it to the big man inside, set some picks, make some cuts.......

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 4, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Slaon is letting Dr. Buss know that he is willing to take over Jackson's rocking chair at the end of the Laker bench and watch the Lakers courtside for millions of dollars, while Kobe runs the show...

    Where else would he go to avoid the grind, and who else would replace Jackson?

  • thegoat166 Tooele, UT
    April 4, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    SloanHater might have the least amount of knowledge of any basketball fan ever, but hey Sloanhater is probably a great coach on NBA Jam.

  • OrlandoJazzFan Winter Springs, FL
    April 4, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    I do ot think Jerry will be coming back to Utah if that is the wish underlying in this article. My one question however is - What is they buy-out amount on Corbin's contract? He is not a motivator... nor does it appear a teacher.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 4, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Jazz Hater.....That was funny stuff. Way to tell the truth to those who are in denial.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    April 4, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    The Jazz need to bring Sloan back...This nightmare is getting ridiculous...The Jazz also known as the Utah Titanics or the Utah Sour Notes are horrible since Sloan left.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    If Larry were still alive......coach Sloan would still be coaching the Jazz

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    April 4, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    well ya never know the AARP might want to start a basketball team. lol ! atleast he would be of legal age to qualify for the programs. sloan will never wear a championship ring

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 4, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    L e a v e m y L a k e r s a l o n e !

    Sloan was perhaps the best regular season coach ever. But he never learned how to prepare his (often very talented) teams mentally for the playoffs. Hence zero rings as a coach.

    P l e a s e , l e a v e m y L a k e r s a l o n e !

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    April 4, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    The Blazers need a better coach. Bring him up here.

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    April 4, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    i'm the same age as jerry sloan, and i predict he's not getting back into the NBA at anywhere at any level.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    April 4, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    Sloanhater--just keep whispering the words to yourself--"We are actually much better off without Jerry Sloan." Your co-workers and family might seem a little worried about you--but this method will work for you if you nod and seem really sincere while you say it.

    LOL--I can actually think of a certain team that could use a guy like Sloan. Oooops.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 4, 2011 2:47 a.m.

    I'm curious, all of Jody's sources cite other reports and second hand information.

    Why not call Sloan and just put the question to him directly?

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 4, 2011 2:08 a.m.

    Detroit Pistons?...hahaha..im just throwing team names just for fun...

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    The Utah Jazz will not survive, long-term, with its current ownership / management in place. In a decade or less, the Jazz will no longer be in Utah. If Sloan shows up on another team, it will tell you everything you need to know about the franchise's leadership.

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    April 4, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    Just for the record, there is no such thing as "Sloan's System." The Jazz run the "Motta System" and Phil Johnson deserves more credit than Sloan for the offensive sets the Jazz run.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 3, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    Sloan would need the right team with the right player and a year or more to implement his system. No many NBA owners are going to give him a year or more to get it all going.

    The Laker players are ideal for the triangle. They are just opposite of what Sloan needs for his system.

    Kobe is a volume shooter. Ron Ron is a head case who jacks up bad shots. Fisher at this point is the anti thesis of DWill. Gasol and Bynum fit Sloan's system but Kobe would have a fit if the ball went inside all the time.

    Sloan will not be going to the Lakers. IND maybe?

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    April 3, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    In a world of billionaire owners willing to lay anything to create a winner, why would any coach ever say he's retired.
    That door will always be open. $10 million a year? $15? $20?

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    April 3, 2011 10:00 p.m.

    SloanHater you crack me up with your observations on Coach Sloan.

    No I don't see him in Jersey becuase their coach is locked in for a while.

    Where I see him going is Sacramento, young team, small market (if they don't move), trying to get their fan base back, yea Sac Town.

    Or some other small market team, Charlotte, Memphis, New Orleans, Milwaukie, Minnesota....

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 3, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    New Jersey Nets?

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    April 3, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Sloan would NOT make a good GM and I will pray every night that he takes over as the Lakers head coach.

    Just imagine Sloan starting Gasol at center, keeping Lamar Karashian buried on the bench because of his personality, getting into verbal confrontations with Ron-Ron, playing Luke Walton big minutes every night because of his 'hustle', and Kobe getting injured by February because Sloan played him 45+ minutes a night every night while letting young talent waste away on the bench against the NBA's worst teams.

    Please LA, hire Sloan.

  • davedave Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    at that moment Sloan quits! Right there on the spot!!! Greg is surprised he tells Sloan to sleep on it for 24 hours and to think about it! Sloan does and feels even better about the decision. A press conference is called and the rest is history! The Jazz were on the downward spiral before Sloan quit but I guarantee they would be in a different position than they are now including have Williams being traded to the Nets. Sloan is a hall of fame coach and knows atleast how to win in the regular season.

  • davedave Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Sloan is not coming out of retirement unless he has the backing of the Miller family. I know first hand the reason why Sloan quit!!! Here it is......Sloan called a timeout he set up a play to be run and Deron wanted to run the play a different way. Sloan stated that he was the coach and things were to go the way he wanted it to be played! During the middle of said play Deron switched it back to the way he had wanted it and it resulted in a turnover. Sloan was miffed to say the least! The next day he wanted to suspend Deron for not following the play however Greg Miller would not allow him to suspend him. Sloan than explained to Greg Miller that he had an arrangement with his father in the past....Sloan would allow him to run the team his way (if you read "Driven" it mentions this in the book too. Miller says that "we aren't going to have the inmates run the asylumn" i.e it's Sloan's way or the highway). Greg than informs Sloan that his agreement ended with his Father's death....

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Wow, could you all imagine Coach Jackson steps down from the Lakers and Coach Sloan gets an offer from Dr. Buss. No I can't imagine that either but man what a story it would make.......

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Coach Sloan would make a good general manager for the Utah Jazz, if they ever decide to change directions. But I think KOC has done an excellent job, also.