Utah Jazz: Van Gundy marvels over Sloan's longevity

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  • Re: Stew Morril
    Dec. 13, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    Being a huge Aggie basketball fan I'd be both torn and excited about this. I know Stew won't stay in Logan forever, but if he goes somewhere else, going to Salt Lake to coach the Jazz would be far and away my favorite choice.

    Having watched countless live games in the Spectrum, Stew's system just plain works. He gets some decent recruits, usually not as much talent as BYU or Utah, and turns them into a well-oiled basketball machine that often beats BYU and Utah.

    It involves a strong half-court set defense and some very complex uses of simple offensive sets to eventually confuse a defense and create an open shot. I don't know that his style would work well with a 24 second shot clock though. Utah State often uses 30+ seconds to get a shot off.

    Seeing Stew coach the Jazz would be absolutely awesome. I'd just miss him up in Logan.

  • Stew not NBA material
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    Stew is a great college coach period. NBA no, how many great college coaches have made it in the pros? almost none.

  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    I mentioned him last year (Stew Morril) I think he is one incredible coach, talk about system-he has one also.... But Stew "makes you play defense" he is a solid defensive coach, and his teams always win and have great chemistry

    He has been for years the most underrated coach in the West.

    Stew has passion, his teams very hard working and unselfish. I would be elated if he is the nest jazz coach. The only reason I did not have him a the top of names i threw out is lack of NBA experience.

    However. I like him.....A lot.

  • Maybe
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Stew Morril would make an excellent choice?

  • the REAL reason
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    the REAL reason the Jazz don't have TWO championships is because the NBA is rigged! Every in the upper tier of the NBA and world of marketing and advertising needed Jordan to win his "last" games playing basketball. Phil Jackson is a good coach but you could say that anyone was a good coach if they had Jordan, and now Kobe, to give him his championships.

    I'd take Sloan as a coach over any of the other coaches. He has coached the Jazz back to a top tier NBA team when only a few years ago after Stockton and Malone left, the Jazz couldn't win anything. If it wasn't for Sloan, the JAzz would still be that bad. 'NOugh said.

  • Logical Jazz Fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    So in the last 20 years there have been, I think, 7 coaches who have won NBA championships. That is it, 7. Five of those guys are still coaching. Which means, according to many of those who have posted so far, there are five coaches in the game right now who are worth keeping around. Many of you feel like success in this game is only about championships, and although nobody would love that more than me I am realistic.
    But if you who hate Jerry want to go recruit Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers or Phil Jackson to coach go ahead. They are the only guys that have proven they can win, and that are still in the game (I leave Larry Brown out because look at the Bobcats, seriously). The point is Jerry Sloan is a very good coach, he may not be the best in the game but he is probably the best for the Jazz system. Remember the Jazz usually have winning seasons with second round draft picks, not big free agent grabs. He gets guys to deliver better than just about anybody else.

  • Doug
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:39 a.m.

    The reason he has been successful all these years is he most likely doesn't read these comments.

    There is no list of possible replacements that has been mentioned.

    Phil Jackson has a job
    Larry Brown failing miserable at his currnet position
    Jeff Hornacek able to teach AK how to hit only seven 3 pointers in 2 seasons.
    Kirt Rambus already employed
    Charles Barkley has to take time off to be incarcerated.
    Don Nelson may soon be available
    D'antoni busy politicing to get LeBron or Dwade to visit the big city.

    There is alot to be said for lack of revolving door
    syndrome in Utah. New coach new system takes time away from player development. A new coach could soon turn Utah into the Nets of the west.
    Jazz had a chance at a national title and was only snatched away by the worlds best player....if you have to go that is a good way to go.

  • Fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:35 a.m.

    NBA Championship aren't won by coaches, it's talent and timing. Coach Sloan has done a great job here in Utah and I for one am grateful he is here. What you see is what you get with coach Sloan. Honest, hard working person who gives no excuses for poor performances. He expects his players to play at the highest level ALL THE TIME.(Carlos Boozer)not when they feel it is in their best interest. Coach Sloan I for one hope you keep signing those one year extensions.

  • GoodGuyGary
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    Sloan signed a one year extension becasue he knew next year will be the year - when he can get rid of Boozer, Korver, Brewer, and maybe even AK for a couple good free agents, and the lottery pick from the Knicks. He is the man.

  • louisiana jazz man
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    love sloan BUTT if all the fans want to see kufus and fes play and at least on the blog looks like they do he should at least try it. looks to me like the fans should count for something be hard to play and get paid millions with out them. dont know why anybody would want to coach 21 years. he must realy love it he spent his whole life in baskettball. probly dont have that many quilty years left to injoy other thing. so if thats what he enjoys in life he has my vote to coach as long as he wants

  • Love Jerry
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    Coach Sloan is fabulous. He coaches as long as he wants to in my mind. Those who don't like him have publicly offered their stupidity to the rest of the world. Thanks for calling yourselves out, life for the intelligent is much easier when the idiots of the world stand up to be counted.

  • IDJazz12
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:50 a.m.

    So that's what you think coaching is: game management? No wonder you want Sloan out.

    You apparently have no idea that game management is about 5% of what a coach does. Most coaching goes on behind closed doors, not what you see on TV.

    Jerry Sloan has a philosophy. He wants his players to be comfortable in their roles so he schedules when they will be in the game and for how long. He wants his time outs at the end of the game instead of calling one every time the other team scores three times in a row. He has a young team that excels in physical play and effort rather than talent; teams like that often struggle on the road (in part because of home cooking - calls against the Jazz that wouldn't be made in the ESA).

    Just because you can't grasp or understand the benefits of his philosophies doesn't make him wrong.

  • IDjazz12
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    I don't think what most of the people who think we are trashing Sloan realize that I would dare to bet that all of appreciate what Sloan has done for the Jazz and the organization. That being said as it goes for players it also goes for coaches and that is "what have you done for me lately". Sloan has some great qualities that he brings to the team and there is no doubt about that but there are also some glaring problems that are issues. A losing record on the road since the last time we went to the finals, player utilization, timely timeouts, and game time decision making.

    There are plenty of coaches who can coach this team and those saying there is not are just scared. This team is very talented to think that there would be a huge drop off do not know basketball. Its not the same as a coach being replaced for New Jersey, or Minnesota.

    It all depends on how you look at it as a fan. Twenty two years of the same thing or something fresh to breath new life into a team that verily treads water with Sloan.

    Dec. 12, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    Uh, the teams with the most talent wins.

    We don't have the most talent or even close for that matter.

    The bulk of talent is located in LA, Boston, Orlando, and Cleveland. Probably or close to that order as well.

    It does not matter what Jerry says or does there is no way this team has the talent in comparison to LA to compete for a championship.

    Not really faulting the organization either. They realistically have had no chance to get enough talent either.

    Seriously, Okur, Fess, and Koufus vs. Bynum, Gasol, and Odom?

    Are you starting to get the picture?

    When Phil Jackson did not have some of his current cast but he still had Kobe and some others? They got punked by the Suns in the 1st round of the playoffs in back to back years.

    Now Phil gets a pile of talent (see collusion with Memphis and NBA for details) and suprise NOW HE IS A GREAT COACH AGAIN!!

    This is not rockets science--if you are a decent coach with the most talent you will probably win.

    Look at Doc Rivers in Boston. Thats how they won it.

    Case closed!

  • RockOn
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    Fools who post... consider this... If Jerry Sloan were to announce that he wouldn't return to the Jazz after this season, all but two of the NBA coaches would be looking over their resume, knowing they'll likely be fired to make room for Sloan.

  • trueblue
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    For all you people whishing Jerry Sloan to move on, Be very careful what you whish for ! I dig Jerry and the way he go's about his buisness. Jerry Sloan is in charge and that is it. Some people in Utah Have no idea what the real world NBA is all about. Can You imagine dealing with the stuff they deal with in New York, Miami, chicago etc.... People dream about having players like Kobe playing for the Jazz. Do you think those type of players/personalitys would fit it Utah ? Jerry is our Guy and the players that play for him are his guys and if they are not ? It's take the trane ! I have never met Jerry Sloan but, I feel I have known him all my life. I am a son of a retired steele worker of 45 years that still works ! Personaly, I would wrather loose with Sloan than win with Phil Jackson.

  • Magna Ute Fan
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:55 a.m.

    Well said Matt! What a tremendous compliment from Coach Van Gundy, "To me, it's as big an accomplishment as anybody has ever reached in this league..."

    Way to go Coach Sloan!

  • Ryan
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    Okay, you Sloan haters are absolutely crazy! The reason the Jazz haven't won championships has much more to do with the teams and players than Jerry Sloan. In fact, he may just be the best coach out there to be able to succeed as much has they have with the level of talent he has worked with. Come on, let's be real! The grass is always greener on the other side! As far as I am concerned, he should stay as long as he feels like! Thanks Jerry.

  • Sloan Is Great
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    I like Sloan....he is old school....full of integrity and no BS! Did you watch the Basketball Hall of Fame Awards this year......Sloan even upstaged Michael Jordan that night....Sloan's speech was great...really a humble honorable guy!

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    Sloan could've been playing a backup center with all the injuries the past two years, his reasons fornot making it work are on him. he says he can't get out there and defend, like anyone thinks thats going to happen, instead we get his smoke and mirrors at the center position,
    todd from santa anna is right, he doesn't know how to work a center into the game.

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 12, 2009 6:37 a.m.

    The jazz are going to keep struggling, until they give fez "more" minutes. HAHA. The jazz are struggling and its on jerry. theres no way hes going to change

  • John Wicks
    Dec. 12, 2009 6:35 a.m.

    Jerry Sloan is the greatest NBA coach of all time. Enjoy him while you still can!!!

  • I'd rather have a
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:24 a.m.

    bag of popcorn be the coach over Sloan. DWill could coach better. My grandma probably could to.

  • Matt
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:00 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but if any of you feel like any other coach could/would do a better job than Jerry is doing, you've got another thing coming. There aren't very many great coaches in the NBA, and the ones in Jerry's league won't ever come to Utah to coach. So, we either enjoy the great coach we have or end up with someone like Bernie Bickerstaff, Lawrence Frank or Tim Floyd, because you're not going to get a Pat Riley or Phil Jackson in Utah... period. You tell me who you'd rather have instead of Jerry that is available right now? Nobody!

  • Yes most of the other
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:16 a.m.

    NBA coaches of good teams would love for Sloan to keep coaching. They know how to beat him more times than not.

    Miller and his personality are the primary reason Sloan was not fired years ago. Besides the Utah fans were happy just to have a team and then a team that made the playoffs. There was never any real pressure. Just be above average.

  • JazzHater72
    Dec. 11, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    Let Sloan stay with the Jazz as long as possible... Then hire a coach who can actually win an N.B.A Championship!

  • pack it up Jerry
    Dec. 11, 2009 9:59 p.m.


    we've had some great times, the highs and lows and the bitter defeats. Thanks, but it's time to move on. Grab your boots and fire up the tractor. Time to ride off into the sunset.

  • FAN
    Dec. 11, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    I agree. It is great to see old school loyalties from an organization in such a messed up new world