Brad Rock: A(nother) housecleaning for Jerry Sloan

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  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    D-Will should have been suspended many times for his behaviour. Examples: beanball at a roookie; freezing certain players out of the offense; pouting about not starting a few games as a rookie; refusing to play defense; walking the ball up the court for years, when the coach was yelling at him to speed it up.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Jazz Source, I have felt ever since the Chicago game, that what you are saying is exactly what happened. You only have to look at Sloan's face as Deron threw the ball away - that incredulous look says it all. No doubt in my mind. Sloan said in his mind, and to management in closed doors after the game, "I don't have to take this crap any more." Management didn't back him up. Then when they got the whole story, they tried to talk him out of quiting, but he wouldn't change his mind. You know Sloan, when he says something, he sticks to it, no matter what. He is a way classy guy. Deron should have been suspended for a bunch of games without pay to show him who should have been in charge - and it wasn't him, or shouln't have been him.

  • Kanterfans SANDY, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    I believe the addition of the new players will result in a much better team overall than it would have with D-Will, given his macho attitude. He certainly went from a player in the news weekly to one seldom referred to in his present location. We don't need a player with that kind of an attitude here. We are a team of players not a one man show. We look forward to see a new powerhouse down low with the addition of Enes Kanter, a much needed postion to fillup. Go Jazz...

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Vince, chances are slim to none,I know that. I don't fantasise over D-Will, I am just surprised that D-Will made those comments yesterday.

    For all the people that don't like D-will, you can get out some of your frustrations at the charity dodge ball tourney. It's only $40 bucks per person, $400 per team.

    I think trading D-Will made this Jazz team much better for the long run, but you should never say never, because you NEVER know what will happen when a player has a chance to play where he wants to play.

    I am all about moving on! I think that this team will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

    GO JAZZ!

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Aug. 3, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    C'mon Jazz nation get out of your fantasy world and take a big dose of reality! D-Will will "never" wear a Jazz uniform ever again. And further more no one wants him back except for a few dreamers.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Could D-Will come back to join the Jazz when his contract expires? He posted today on facebook that he loves Utah and has great ties to the community, hence the dodge ball tourney that both he and Korver are still doing in Utah this month.

    Seriously, imagine D-Will making the "Decision", to come back to Utah. I think that if I were in D-Will's shoes, and I had a true desire to play in Utah again, patching things up with the Millers and coaches would not be very hard.

    I know some fans would cry foul, but I would love it.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    re: rational

    They didn't "dump" D-Will. They traded him for a pile of young talented assets.

    It became clear that D-will and his sirly attitude was taking this team no where and fast.

    Lets not forget how it happened..very quickly Sloan just bolted. Greg was too proud to back off his stance and all of a suddent his coach was gone.

    Then he woke up the next day (or shortly thereafter hopefully) he realized the Jazz stink with their go-to best player as a PG.

    What teams wins championships with that plan?

    NJ was in desperate need of star power to sell their new arena and clearly gave the Jazz a boat load of assets in terms of trade and draft picks that likely will (if not already) exceed the value of a single player.

    Lets also not forget about the salary situation the Jazz were in too. They knew the CBA was coming and the fewer big/long single-player contracts you have the likely better off you will be.

    Deron's contract was big and there was no guarantee he was not going to bolt given all his complaining.

    O'Connor made the right move.

  • bringsanityback West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Malone's got a statue. Stockton's got a statue. How about one for Jerry? He's just as responsible for the success of the Jazz.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    The Jazz didn't back Jerry but they did dump D-Will? THAT makes no sense. He retired the same way Frank Layden did and for the same reason. It wasn't fun anymore. It seems Frank has enjoyed semi-retirement.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Aug. 3, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    poor poll questions---
    where should sloan coach now---
    a) personal coach/trainer
    b) high school
    c) college
    d) another pro team
    e) stay out of the game---do something else with skills

    and the other one---why should be worry about blaming anyone or anything---totally unnecessary and demeaning---

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Maybe Sloan could cleanhouse up at the U.

    Instead of old tractors, he could turn his attention to a train wreck.

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    I hope coach Sloan sticks around Utah and is always around for us when we need some of his quotes. Common sense refined down to the obvious is what Jerry was always giving us and I sure miss it.

    Here's wishing you good luck in all your future endeavors.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 3, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Yarlydarb--if you choose to stick your fingers in your ears and yell LA LA LA LA at the top of your lungs, that's fine. Don't expect others to be just like you, son. You will only be disappointed in them if they become so.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 10:33 a.m.


    Have you ever heard the term "where there is smoke there is fire"?

    Those are alot of specifics that have leaked out from that Chicago post game debacle....and you are suggesting that none of it is true?

    How naive can you be?

    Sloan has always been in charge and Greg Miller did not back Sloan after Deron's mutiny in 3 consecutive plays (turnovers I might add) down the stretch of that Chicago game ultimately resulting in a loss that should have been a win.

    Jerry Sloan is a winner and when he discovered that the new owner did not allow him the control that all coaches should have then he knew he needed to get out.

    Sloan was in it to win it and he knows what it takes.

    Sloan was winning alot of games before Deron Williams had his first pair of Nikes. Sloan gave Deron alot of rope and more latitude and control than he had ever given any player in his career.

    Unfortunately Deron used the rope to hang the best coach he had or ever will have.

    A microcosm of the current state of the NBA.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Sounds like Sloan's in complete control of himself and his future, and happy with it. Let's leave him alone now and just be glad he's still a part of Utah.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    A coaching article with no cheap shot at Majerus? Could it be that Rock if finally growing up?

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    I for one am sick and tired of the "crybaby Sloan" portrayed by Rock and the rest of the media.

    D-Wil DID NOT cause Jerry to retire.

    Williams was a pussy cat compared to Kobe, James, Iverson, Carmello, Shaq, Boozer, AK-47 etc. etc. etc.

    The man got tired of coaching, for heaven's sake, just like he's said a thousand times already!

    End of story.

    I'm just sayin', enough's enough!

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    Just the other day I was at the intersection of Stockton and Malone and I thought to myself, "They should rename State street to Sloan Street!"

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    Gods speed in what ever he does!

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Aug. 3, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    I have to agree with the article and believe the right time for Jerry to have retired was when Bobbeye passed away or near that time. That said what is going on today is plainly ridiculous! First and foremost these primma-donna players need to be scaled back as to their power and attitudes, this is entertainment paid for by the fans and we don't like being dictated to. If it takes a year to get this mess straightened out so be it, then maybe the balance of power will be right! A "hard salary" cap is needed, then it will be up to the fans as to whether the owners are charging too much for their product. This run away pricing and costs for a couple hours of entertainment will then be in the hands of the payor(fans) as to what is too much. Todays costs are too much and unrealistic! Get it right please then continue to entertain NBA. Enough of players doing the dictating!

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 3, 2011 6:00 a.m.

    I hope Coach Sloan stays in retirment (with perhaps the exception of coaching his grandkids). It would seem strange to have him sitting on someone else's bench. And I think it ironic that one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame while he was still coaching, somehow never shined bright enough in the eyes of the lamebrains in sports media who don't have the mental capacity to recognize true talent, only glitz, glamour and showmanship. The Hall of Fame - yes. But Coach of Year - never. somehow it doesn't make sense. Jerry Sloan's talent as a coach and teacher will remain unrecognized in today's NBA by the folks who are supposed to be documentinmg it. May he enjoy "doing nothing". He earned it.

  • Name Already Used Fort Duchesne, UT
    Aug. 3, 2011 5:43 a.m.

    They need Sloan to take over the UTA board. It would be good to have someone there who isn't looking to personally profit from UTA decisions. Additionally, he is good a kicking dead heads into action.