Brad Rock: Jerry Sloan would be happier living an ordinary life

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  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    May 23, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    I think Jerry should take on a little bit different task in basket ball. He should go coach a high school team. He could throw all his energy into building a team each year out of kids with pimples. The kids in Utah would feel so intimidated that they wouldn't even think of talking back to him.

    Of course, many of the kids would get their ears burned off the first day of practice, so maybe not quite such a good idea.

    If Jerry comes out of retirement with the Bobcats, he will last no more than a year because no way Jordan will support him and the players, say about 95% of them, will believe he is over the hill, doesn't understand the game anymore and want to get rid of him. In a word, they will get sideways with him on the first day of practice when they pull out their cell phones to send a tweet or a text. Likely even before that when one of them walks out of the dressing room with a head band on or their shirts untucked....yeah that would just about do it.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    May 23, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    You said: "I don't know about him being one of the best ever though I say he is somewhere close to the top 10"

    I guess you and I have different definitions of " one of the best ever". Considering the hundred's of coaches that have been in the NBA, I'd say "somewhere close to the top 10" qualifies as one of the best ever.

    And of course players today need coaches...that's kind of a given with the current way the game is played. I simply stated that Jerry may not want to work with today's players which is why I agreed with Brad Rock and his premise in this article. I just happen to agree with his opinion.

  • trav23 ELKO, NV
    May 23, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    I think Brad Rock is writing this out of fear that Sloan will somehow tarnish his legacy by coming back. No one wants to see him come back and somehow not be as good as he was.

  • huffnpuff Yucca Valley, CA
    May 23, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    I think the Jerry Sloan era is over. His conservative ways won't cut it with the current NBA player mentality. I'm sure high flying dunks and alley oops would be frowned on for real. Those are the real entertaining points of BB these days and BB fans like to be entertained. He is a good coach, not the best in some respects, but he seems to have a real problem with communication skills. Case in point: Andre Kirilenko and his breakdown one season. I'm wondering if coach ever asked Andre what the problem was with the crying. It's "his way or the highway" as the saying goes and he doesn't give an inch. I'm pretty sure Deron Williams had some really great ideas how to be a point guard without interference. Makes me sad that such a great player couldn't see eye to eye with coach, and we lost out on that all together. Yeah, maybe Williams woudln't have signed with the Jazz when his contract was up but I'm sure he would have stayed if coach Sloan had retired before hand.

  • 7dawg Norman, OK
    May 23, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    I would love to see Jerry back at it, but not with Orlando or Charlotte. The situation with both of those teams is worse than the D-Will saga. Maybe a team with a better situation like Atlanta or even LA Clippers (they do not love Del Negro and I think would jump at the prospect of Sloan).

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    May 23, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Why do I get the feeling that Jerry Sloan probably doesn't seek out Mr. Rocks advice on how to be happy?

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 23, 2012 2:24 p.m.


    You wrote "The problem isn't Jerry's coaching ability...arguably one of the best coaches ever. The problem is the players from the millennial generation. Who wants that headache?

    Rather you like it or not, the players of this generation need coaches. If Jerry is one of the best coaches ever as you said, and wants to coach again, then he will need to relate to the players NOW.

    That said, I see Coach Sloan as a solid coach. I don't know about him being one of the best ever though I say he is somewhere close to the top 10. He has his strengths and weaknesses as most all coaches do. Being successful has as much to do with the organization and players as it does the coach. I don't know if there is a good situation out there for Jerry. Part of me would like to see him come back for the dream of riding of in the championship sunset. The realist in me thinks he had his run and coaching should stay in his past.

    I don't see Jerry as a quick fix fast food coach like Larry Brown.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 23, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Many people of his generation are not interested in retiring and essentially doing nothing. He wants to work.

    He has been associated with basketball his entire life and even though it may be frustrating it is what he loves to be frustrated by.

    All that said, he would have a hard time finding an organization that would back him like Larry did because clearly even Larry's son did not which is why he is no longer coaching the Jazz.

    Best of luck Jerry.

    You are a legend either way.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    May 23, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    I don't agree with many of Brad Rock's rantings (did you read his blog about BYU Rugby?? C' about just giving the athletes some credit?)
    But he's spot on with this article...
    The problem isn't Jerry's coaching ability...arguably one of the best coaches ever. The problem is the players from the millennial generation. Who wants that headache?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 23, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    Retirement is fun if you have something to retire to. I don't think you go from the hyper activity of being an NBA coach to cleaning out the garage and live a life of contentment. Jerry will be back, at least for awhile. I think he's been job hunting more than people imagine.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 23, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    His only highlight is by walking in the morning may not be enough for him. No wonder he watns to come back to walk more during practices, games and medias. Good luck Jerry which I believe that is where you belong in the nba.