Brad Rock: Jerry Sloan praises ref who may have cost him a title

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  • bano SANDY, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    Bavetta should be rotting in a jail cell for the crimes he has committed. Of course he is retiring now because with Stern gone he no longer needs to be the go to guy to make sure Stern's favorite teams will win. Bavetta stole the title from Utah and he stole the title from the Kings. Look up every controversal game of the last 30 years and Bavetta was there. Believe me because I have looked them up. I was in the arena in 1998 and the calls he made were not mistakes. The game was fixed. I will never believe otherwise and I will always despise Bavetta for stealing our chance to have a Championship.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 22, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    I wish Dick Bavetta all the best in retirement.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Aug. 22, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    You are all assuming the Jazz would have won game 7. Would not have happened. The best player of all time was on the other team. He wouldn't have let the Jazz win a game 7 period. Malone was never a closer. Stockton closed out better than Malone.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    I was at that game. The call and non-call were missed badly. You did not need instant reply to see how far off Bavetta was. Too bad they could not be reviewed like is done today. That 5 point swing would have made Jordan's heroic effort at the end of the game moot. Not to say we would have won game 7, but Bavetta cost us the chance. I would not be as gracious as Sloan. It shows, that as always, he had, and still has, class.

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    I, too, miss Jerry Sloan and "those" times. But, as he said, you gotta move on and go about your business. I hope we've not seen the last of our glory days and that this new batch of Jazz players and coaches will develop into the team we were so proud of back then. I stay optimistic!

    Refereeing is a hard job, I'm sure; and I trust they do their best for the most part. But being human, they probably have their favorites (and not) and occasionally look the other way on some potential calls. Anyway, best wishes to Dick B. on his retirement. My husband and I are the same age as Dick and cherish every day we are still up on two legs.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 9:54 p.m.


    Yep, love Sloan. I was a huge jazz fan for years and years and years. After Sloan left in such a sad way with Williams being a major reason I just haven't been able to get back on the bandwagon. I was on it strong for over 20 years. Maybe some day I will come back

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 8:16 p.m.

    I'm sorry, those shots he missed are inexcusable. Pippen's back was wasted. If the Bulls don't win game six, the Jazz win it all. As far as the push off, I didn't expect the Jazz to get those calls but you have to get shots at the buzzer correct, no excuse for that. It's good that's Jerry is forgiving, I don't have to be so I won't...

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    Jerry Sloan is a class act! Nothing but respect for Coach Sloan. Personally, I'm still a little bitter over those calls in the finals. I'll try and take Coach Sloan's advice.

    Aug. 21, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Of the three calls--the Eisley three was the toughest to swallow because the ball was 25 feet in the air with 1 on the shot (not a "close" one). The Jordan push? That just goes in the "refs don't want to change the game" unwritten rule and we benefited on that rule when Malone screened Barkley to get Stockton open for the famous "John Stockton sends the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals" shot in Houston.
    I think Dick is sorry the bad officiating happened--still stinks to look back at that game....Game 7 would have been epic!

  • Northwest Coug Pasco, WA
    Aug. 21, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    I never did feel like Jordan fouled Bryon Russell when he hit the winning shot in Game 6. Heck, if they called fouls like that on Karl Malone, he wouldn't have scored half the points he had in his career.

    But I always remembered Bavetta stole 5 points from the Jazz in that game - more than enough to win. If they had replay back then, the Jazz would have won and who knows who would have won Game 7.

    I don't feel there was a conspiracy, but the Jazz sure got jobbed. They did win both regular season games that year so we'll have to be happy with that.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    Chris B,

    I am curious, did you like Jerry?

  • crheadog USA, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    I don't belive in any agenda. But I do realize that like Jerry says Miss America gets what she wants. Baveta fell victim to this in 98. And now Labron is Miss America. It is hard to overcome mentaly for these guys, but the refs should realize it is a problem and try not to favor these guys as much. sometimes it gets pathetic!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    I'm still having a hard time getting over Jerry.