Utah lawmakers honor former Jazz coaches Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson

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  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    March 8, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Coach Sloan and Johnson, please come back, as Jazz players!!!

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    The Jazz & Miller family have directly & indirectly given a fortune in tax dollars to the State of Utah. Compared to the public money extorted by most other fraanchises, Yankees & Cowboys being the most recent examples, the Jazz are innocent lambs. The Jazz were purchased & ESA built almost entirely out of LHM's pocket.

    I agree celebrities are over-worshipped in this country and that the Utah Legislature is terrible, but this is harmless as a kitten. Prolly took an hour tops. Kept 'em away from sticking their bluenoses into our bedrooms & wallets again, if nothing else.

    Sloan & Johnson did for a living what Nature designed them to do, and at least they never took it for granted, which is more than most of their co-workers can say.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 8, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    Jerry is one the great stories in pro sports. I think the Miller family needs to be congratulated for sticking with Jerry for so long and really the whole thing is what pro sports (and college) ought to be about. Great job Jerry and Phil. Good men. Good coaches.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    March 8, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    might have been a waste of tax payers mony but what would they have been doing if not that. mostly all they do is take hard working people's money and waste it. same as sports , take hard peoples money and waste it millions of dollars to players who would probley be working at micky d's if they wernt playing baskett ball.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    March 7, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    Congratulations to Johnson and Sloan.

    Ahhh now!!! How's the budget coming along State Representatives and Senators???

    Maybe there should be more time spent on the business at hand.

    Just a quick note to Governor Herbert. Veto HB 477

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 7, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Great job for bringing these men back. Sometimes the thanks are as important as was the job.

  • He-Man Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Legends! Thanks for all the years of work and making this franchise win.
    Wheres Todd From Santa Ana? Have not heard a peep out of him since Sloan retired. I have been enjoying hearing from everybody else once in a while instead of fire Sloan on nearly every post.

  • josemb navotas, philippines
    March 7, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    it's amazing that people would go read an article just so they can say negative things. i never go to lakers blogs or websites because i hate them. but also because i know lakers fans go there to bask in the glory of their team, to enjoy their accomplishments, etc. why would anybody spoil that? and here, we're just enjoying reading some nice tributes to some honorable men. can't we enjoy it without negative comments from people who don't have anything good to say?

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    March 7, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Cool. Both are outstanding men.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    March 7, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    OF course tehy DON'T deserve, they are just coaches in a GAME,

    they are not important,
    nor have they done anything important,

    this is just sycophant worhsip of rich people in sports and entertainment at its worst.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    March 7, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    @anotherimport- even the legislature has moments of slowdown due to bills going through the process review and committee approvals and denials- better honoring a Utah Icon than playing AngryBirds or working on their Fantasy team- Jerry and Phil deserve all the love we can give

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    March 7, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    @JFFR Your right, Sloan did do a lot for the people of this state, and he was paid well to do it. Our state leaders are paid to do another type of job, and to me, that job doesn't include putting people who made millions of dollars on some sort of pedistal. My mother loved to watch the Jazz, they brought her a lot joy. But at this time in our state and in our country, our elected leaders need to lead and inspire us, and begin fixing some of the messes they have created. Better yet, maybe they could be inspired by Jerry and bow out gracefully before they get thrown out.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 7, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    Sloan really does deserve it, so does Johnson. Old school, smart, professional tough guys like this are hard to find. I wish them well and many days of drinking some apple cider on their back porch chatting about the Big O, the
    loopy Greg Ostertag and that famous Utah cop Olden Polynice.

  • sputterish Rexburg, ID
    March 7, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    In regards to AnotherUtahImport: I completely agree with JFFR's reasoning. Even if you want to obsess about the value of every last cent, the state of Utah (and its taxpayers) still come out way ahead. The income tax alone that these two coaches paid up in Utah far outweighs the miniscule cost of the legislature honoring them. In addition, wthout someone of Sloan's calibre as coach, I doubt the Millers would have been able or willing to hang on to the franchise, which means that to be totally fair, we ought to consider the taxes generrated by the Jazz players these past 23 years. Then, consider the economic boost Utah has received from hosting a winning franchise . . . Yes, I think we were all well "paid" by the Jerry Sloan & Phil Johnson legacy. And I haven't even mentioned their contributions to morale or as amazing role models. Utah exists as a more honorable state in this country because of these men's willingness to live and work here.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    @AnotherUtahImport- there are always things to worry about, but I have no problem with our law makers taking time out to pay tribute to men who have done so much for the state of Utah. You may or may not be a basketball fan, but the Jazz are a huge part of the state and bring comfort and joy to many of the citizens. I have been in senior homes and hospitals where patients find comfort in the Jazz.

    I completely disagree with you. Sloan and Johnson deserve this and it was time well spent.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Jerry looks relaxed. Two weeks of no stress has helped out. That's why we all need a vacation.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    March 7, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    If I could get Jerry's image imprinted on the Utah Beehive as the state symbol for industry, that would be terrific

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 7, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    We need to accentuate the good, the positive in our increasingly negative society, becuse only that will bring us together constructively, Therefore it is good to honor men who seek to to good, I wish they had mentioned Johnson's other accomplishments, such as once being himself Coach of the Year, (Kansas City Kings--now Sacramento), and he coached at Weber State, leading the team to national attention and a great season. To both coaches, thank you, and have a great retirement.

  • AnotherUtahImport Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    How much does this cost the taxpayers? I hope our lawmakers have something better to worry about. Love or hate Sloan, I don't think this is what Margaret Dayton was elected to do.

  • Dolly Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    So well deserved! I look forward to seeing jerseys or banners or something with both of their names rising at the ESA...and soon! Sad to see the end of this era, but optimistic for the future of this "new" Jazz team. Life goes on. Best wishes to Jerry and Phil in all of their future endeavors. Thanks for the wonderful memories. I've loved being a fan throughout everything and will continue to do so.