Utah Jazz: Basketball writers pay homage to Jerry Sloan

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  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    April 21, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Sloan was a rock solid guy. What did this guy ever do but win? He had only one speed, one way....If anyone ever saw a more tenacious guy then Sloan as a player or a coach, I am not seeing it.
    Sloan epitomized what hard work was all about and had two Hall of Famers buy into his system...They remain loyal. I do not think we will ever see another coach like Sloan in our lifetime.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    CJ looks like you are in a losing battle, but so is your name sake.

    Sloan has many fans here who will be loyal to him just as many are loyal to Hornacek even though he has proven over the years he is a great shooter but a poor coach.

    I admire Jerry for sticking with it when he did not have a prayer of winning but still stayed and coached whatever he had to play with.

    Was it time for him to go? I think it was and he thought it was whether a player or owner, something pushed him over the edge and he did not have the drive to be there. You can't always be in charge of that time line and it was better he go and the Jazz have a time to figure out their mediocrity this season and have soome time to fix it during the offseason.

    Stop calling the Jazz a small marekt team. In the top 20 paid teams in the world, there are 4 soccer teams in the top 5, Lakers are in at numer 7 and Jazz are number 11 in the world.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Jerry Sloan is an Icon!

    We were very lucky to have him for so many years...Jerry Sloan was the Jazz!

    He is one of the main reasons that the Jazz were successful for about 30 years.

    Congratulations to Jerry Sloan. Men like Miller, Sloan, Stockton, Johnson & Malone are those have made the NBA great. These men are True Champions! Champions of hard work, dedication and professionalism.

    We Love Jerry...and Phil too!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 20, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    @CJ Miles
    he took a dive for the better...he could coach the end of the season if he wanted to and collect the money...he could coach and not care....for the next year...but he cared for the franchise...he took a dive...so that the team..could start fresh...and move forward...move past the era of Stockton and Malone and hand it over to the next generation...if he did it end of the year...Ty wouldn't have at least a few months hand on experience...he wouldnt have this much time to figure things out on his own...the last remaining months that Ty took over was a good thing...at least he would know what to work on at the end of the season...and adding his influence in it...you should look at the whole picture as to why...i know honoring a contract is the right way...but its not the only way to make things right....

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 20, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    I don't care what the reason was, you stay til the season is over and fulfill your contract. This was a guy who was quoted often as saying that you are paid a lot of money to play hard. I shouldn't have to motivate them. Well he was paid a lot of money to coach the team and he walked out on them in mid-season. That to me is someone who quit on his team while under contract. Don't sign a contract if you don't want to fulfill it.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 20, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    @CJ Miles

    Have you ever thought that KOC approached Jerry telling him that they are willing to trade deron...and going for another rebuild...knowing this and how old he is...he knew that the time was up and his body might not be able to cope with more stress?...

    Never ever judge anyone that quickly...till you have known all Facts...yeah he did have a run-in with deron...but you really think that's the reason? i doubt...it was after the meeting with KOC and Greg Miller that he decided to quit...a guy like him isnt a quitter...a quitter wouldnt have stayed for 20+ years...a quitter is like lebron who quit on his team to join other stars to win a ring...after 20+ years of coaching...you cant call that quitting....

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 20, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    The speculation that lead to Jerry quiting was a run-in with Dwill. Sorry but coaches have run-ins with players all the time.

    Give me a reason that you think qualifies for Jerry leaving in mid-season on his team? Health would be a good one or than that, I can't think of one.

    Dwill never quit, he was playing hurt and couldn't make a shot. He was playing frustrated, but never quit.

    And to say the Jazz were not a playoff team? They were in the top 4 out West for a good part of the season. That seems like a playoff team to me......

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 20, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Re: CJ Miles and critics

    None of us on this message board know of the circumstances surrounding Jerry Sloan retiring/leaving the Jazz along with Phil Johnson. They are the kind of class people who will probably never reveal why they did it. The bottom line, they did it for the good of the franchise and are not the sour grapes kind of people who would air any laundry, if there in fact is any. Another fact is, the Jazz were not in a playoff run with the players they have, even if Williams stayed. Take a look at the roster. The biggest blow(s) were Boozer and Korver leaving. Other things like the ups and downs of CJ Miles and the apparent failure of Fesenko and Kirilenko to measure up to NBA standards for stalwart status. Jerry and Phil apparently had enough of it. The passing of Larry Miller is also a huge factor. This market and Jazz fans everywhere owe Larry immeasurable gratitude. All we can do is continue to support the organization and minimize our snipping and criticism. Who knows what the future has in store. I wish the current players, management and staff all the best.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    April 20, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    RE: panamadesnews

    Sloan didn't win coach of the year becuase he never did much coaching.

    no game time coaching, no strategizing, no developing young players, not god at drafting, no nothing.

    HE had a system and lived and died by it, never winning a championship.

    You do not win awards for having a system that never won a chmaionship, not even withj two of the supposedly greatest players of all time in prime positions of the "system",

    a system that ignored the 2 and 3 positions for 23 years, and the 5 was just for defense and pointing out illegal offenses,

    a system that ruin the careere of players that did not fit the system like ak, humphries, etc.

    a system that drove off more 2's and 3's to other teams, or let them dwindle,

    a system where players are never developed or had to develop themselves, or leave.

    a systen whre they obvioulsy overachieved leaving them with mediocre to bad draft positions.

    a system that had only sloan type players, types that could never win you championship not even if it took 17 years.

    A coach should get an award for all this?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 20, 2011 4:17 p.m.


    You are right - I know nothing about you - apologies.

    I don't know how my analysis of Jerry Sloan can equate to saying Bonds should being named to the Hall of Fame. You don't know the fine details about what led up to Jerry Sloan "quitting" mid-season, either. I only know where he came from and what he achieved after it was all said and done - to me he is no quitter and shouldn't be named as such.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    April 20, 2011 4:11 p.m.


    You never usaally bother me with you smack. However, That has to be the worst comparisons that I ever heard. Bonds cheated himself, the Game, fans, etc..

    If you want to talk about guys quiting lets talk about Dwill, and how about the guy you admire who shows up 1 out of every 7 games CJ Miles. Just to name a few.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 20, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Tom in CA......by your analysis, Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. His numbers speak for themselves too.

    And Tom you know nothing about me so stick to the facts...And the facts are Jerry quit on his team in the middle of a playoff run!! How is that a cheap shot? That is the truth!!

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    April 20, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    A fitting award for an uncompromising coach. Sloan deserves a ton of credit. If your manager sent all your talent away and was in the process of sending the last bit of it away, you might quit, too, and let your favorite underling get your job. Whether he quit in the middle of a season or at the end, it doesn't matter. Sloan wouldn't have received credit if the Jazz had gone on to win home court in the playoffs. Can you imagine the criticism he would have received then? "See, we told you Sloan couldn't coach. Look at what his former assistant has done!" Let's just accept the truth. Sloan was a great coach, one of the most winningest coaches who ever lived, and he did it with limited talent in a small media city that didn't have the resources to compete for the Shaqs, Magics and LeBrons of the world. We've always predicted that Sloan haters would rue the day when Sloan quit.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 20, 2011 3:09 p.m.


    As it takes one to know one - I'm sure you are one.

    Sloan's record speaks for itself - he was no quitter. Nice cheap shot, though.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 20, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    Too bad they couldn't recognize him as "coach of the year" ONE TIME when he was still coaching. The media ALWAYS had somebody (in a bigger media outlet) that needed recognition the 2 or 3 years Sloan deserved it.

    But at least we appreciated him here... even if the NATIONAL media didn't.

  • Kearns_Dad Kearns, UT
    April 20, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Much better award than anything the NBA could award. This is from outside the NBA world. Great job Coach Sloan and well deserved for your character and passion.

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    April 20, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    Uh, Jerry and Greg won't be working together anytime soon is my guess.

    Rumor I heard is in that famed "meeting after the chicago game" Sloan wanted Deron reprimanded/suspended for his insubordination/running his own plays that quite possibly cost them the game. (Deron 3 consecutive turnovers)

    Greg said "no" to Sloan's recommendation and then Sloan said "Larry and I had an agreement that as the coach I could run the team the way I thought best ti win games" and Greg responded "that agreement ended with my fathers passing...".

    Sloan at that point immediately would have realized that the inmates would be running the asylum thank to Gregs new approach. Then he told O'Connor and Greggie "see ya"!

    That is what I heard at least....for what it is worth. Kind of adds up when you think about how things transpired.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 20, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Jerry is a quiter.........Left his team in the middle of a play-off run. He deserves nothing.........

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Good for Sloan, but he made it clear he's keeping a low profile & will not have any role with the Jazz as that would be seen as undermining Corbin.

    The NBA should name the COY award for Sloan, but of course THAT won't happen either.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    April 20, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    Sloan probably prefers to stay in Illinois but I wish he would come back here in any role he wants.

  • Bigmommas-house Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    This was a way for the NBA to justify not giving Sloan the COY award...Does that work for you Mokie?

    If not Im willing to take some lessons from you

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Jerry didn't win coach of the year because of Utah being a small market team. Happy for him and glad he received this award. Nice for him to receive the very first one. I would love to see him become the GM of the Utah Jazz, or work somewhere in the front office. Greg needs to do it! Jerry has spent practially his whole career with the Utah Jazz, and it would be a nice gesture if he could help guide the Jazz to a championship and be a part of it. Maybe we should all write to Greg and tell him how we feel about Jerry Sloan. I, myself, admire the guy. The Jazz can still use his expertize - it would be a positive move for the Jazz.

  • Mokie Enterprise, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Nice attitude bigmom...you do need to learn that this was not an awards from the NBA, but from the Pro Basketball Writers. The NBA has still never paid respect to Sloan. Would you learn a little first before you speak next time.

  • Bigmommas-house Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    What a slap in the face...This is a way for the NBA to make up for those other times Sloan deserved it.