Greg Miller has zero credibility on this issue. He forced Jerry out when he
ignored the coach in favor of a player who is not loyal to the franchise and has
constantly whined. Miller's opening statement says it all. He reinforced an idea
that did not need strengthening unless there was truth to the reports that Jerry
was less valuable than a diva.Good luck to Corbin I wish him well.
Do not upset your players or you will be out as well. Greg Miller has made that
clear with his actions and his hollow words.
Now if we can just get DWILL to quit and join his ultraego Allen Iverson in
obscurity~!Who needs practice?Who needs a game plan or
aa coach ?When you are as good as DWill and Iverson...they are the
best ever, legends in their own minds~~
Jerry quits because management sided with a star athlete over him. Watch as that
star athlete leaves the Jazz after next year(or before) as a nice "THANK
YOU" for their support. I am really surprised that the Millers let this go
down this way. I wouldn't blame Jerry if he left Utah today and never came back.
Letting spoiled millionaire athletes dictate to the teams coach and leaders lead
to the demise of that team. Maybe it was time for something like this and maybe
not but they way it happened stinks.
I loved Jerry's hard-nosed blue collar style of basketball. It stressed
execution and team defense. In a small market like Utah that has been a magical
combination for alot of years. We will miss you Jerry. Thank you for many,
many years of great memories and for building a culture and tradition of winning
with class. Bring your John Deere to Utah and hang with us. We will always
think of you as a native son!
Congrats to Tyrone Corbin: Everyone has to start somewhere and he has paid his
dues to the Organization much like Via S. Blogs on the coaching changes at
BYU.The Jazz are about Family and I'am sure they asked for and received Jerry
Sloan's opinion as to the hiring of Ty. There is not a better person with
insight to what it take to be successful then Jerry Sloan. Jerry Thanks for your
years of service you'll be missed but never forgotten.
I for one will not be sitting in my seson ticket seats for a while until I can
cool down. To hear that gutless wonder Greg M. Talk about loyalty and then send
the most loyal guys packing. WOW what a joke!!! DWILL is gone next year! His
name will never hang in the rafters like Sloan and Johnson. You chose wrong
Greg and you know it!!!!
After seeing the reaction of the Millers and Sloan, I have no doubt that Sloan
was forced out because the team values DWill's opinion more than Sloan's
opinion. I do not blame Dwill's frustrations, though; the Jazz
management simply does not care enough to surround him with enough talent.
Maybe Mubarak will follow his example.
Thanks for all you've done Jerry. You will be sorely missed.Hey
DWill- sometimes you don't know what you've got till it's gone.
I just can't cheer for a D-Will led Jazz for too long. While I don't agree with
some of Sloan's style, who can argue with his ethic?We'll wait to be
Jazz fans again when we get some players who care more than about themselves.For now, we'll cheer for the Celtics.
Wow!The Millers can now save tons of money by letting the punk D
Williams be staring guard and coach. He obviously knows more about winning than
Sloan...This will eventually effect the entire league... punk
players running rabid over the coaches.I must admit, though, the
resulting NBA implosion will be a joy to observe!!
Poor Larry must be looking on in disgust. Larry would have NEVER allowed this to
go down this way!! How quickly his house crumbles after he is gone. This is a
sad, sad day for Jazz fans.
This is too bad... i know things are going downhill for the jazz but in my eyes
things will just go down steeper. that is such a loss and things will be so hard
to start back up when something like this happens. hopefully ty can pick things
up. but after something like this i dont think it is going to happen. thank you
jerry for all that you have done. you will always be in our hearts. and best of
luck to ty. i just think it is too late to pic things up and things will just go
down from here
Nice Deron, I hope you're happy. Andrei how about earning the $17 million and
play with pain for once? Memo ditto. Greg Miller is no Larry!
Afraid this is the first of many moves by Greg Miller that will ultimately mean
the Jazz leave the state. Greg will drive the franchise into the ground. Larry
could deal with Jerry's ego because Larry knew who he was. Greg always felt
threatened by Jerry, given his own insecurities.Sad day for Utah
Thanks Coach Sloan for everything, for loyalty and integrity.Hope
everyone is happy with the last year and half we have DivaWilliams for.
Gurantee he leaves faster than Raja did when he signed with the Suns.
It's about time.Sloan and hi9 system, and his horrible game time
coaching, and lack of ability to strategize other than tinker with lineups has
held back the jazz from winning a championship for 23 years.History
has shown you win championships with great or superstar SGs and SFs,not PGs and PFs, PFs have no abilty to handle the ball and create offense.
(and the 5 can't rebound_or_score fromthe 3_point line)now all the
jazz need is get rid of the draft mistake named dwill.and rebuild
the right way,Slaon was_great if you want to_win_some regular season
games, but he couldn't win a champioship, not even with two of the
supposedly greatest players playing_the prime positions of his system, you_win championships with players who can handle the ball, shoot and create
and make things happen.everything else is a supporting position, and you_don't win chamionships with supporting players no matter how good
they are.Hopefully corbin is just filling_in to the end of the
season, then the jazz can get a real coach, who wants the best players on his
team and not just players that fit his go-nowhere system,
Greg fought with Larry much like DWill does with Jerry....not surprised Greg
didn't learn anything...its telling of the difference between Greg and his
father Larry!Larry would have told DWill to pack his bags.....whereas Jerry told Greg he was not his father...
Larry H. must be rolling in his grave. He leaves his son in charge and look what
happens. If he was still around we would still have Jerry. Thanks for all
the good years Coach. I grew up watching you and you are part of some of my
fondist childhood memories. I have never know another Jazz coach good luck Coach
Corbin. Lets get this team on track.
Great day as the Jazz move forward, now Kevin needs to be next...If people do
not like it and threaten to leave, no worries I will take them in Anaheim
Larry just rolled over in his grave...
When a grumpy, turn over prone, Charmin like Williamsis calling the shots,
its time for the fans to move on too. I will miss the last of the great coaches,
and men in the NBA...It is a dark, dismal day for everyone..Someone buy Williams
a ticket out of town..I hope he leaves like Boozer.
I think it's ridiculous that the majority of posters today are making this out
to be DWill's fault. The fair weather fans in this state make me sick!! I recall reading many many posts over the past few months claiming the
game has passed Sloan by and how he can't relate to today's athlete. Something
has been done about that and you all claim it is our one lone star's fault!! I
for one absolutely appreciate all Jerry gave to the organization over his great
tenure but I truly believe it is time for the franchise to move in a new
direction and I guarantee all you DWill bashers will be eating your words.
Thanks, Coach Sloan.You are what the NBA should be.You are a
representation of what we need in society - hard working employees that never
complain or place blame on others. You have showed up to work every day,
and have been an example to me for my entire life.Good luck, Coach.
I'll always consider you as one of the greats.
Jerry Sloan, you are a class act. Now go and smell the roses, enjoy life, and
laugh at the circus.
what is up with dwill. throwing balls at rookies. getting sloan the boot.
thought he was better than that. i guess we have been spoiled all
these years with malone and stockton. the new generation just doesn't get it.i say trade dwill for a legitimate athletic center, and draft jimmer or
another point guard and start rebuilding.
Too many accusations about Miller and Williams.Much of this looks
exactly like what Jerry and Phil say it was.There will always,
however, be the lingering question of how Jerry and Phil lost this team. When
your ability to influence what happens on the floor dissipates, there is no
reason to continue.
Shame on Williams. Clearly he didn't go back to coach Sloan and lobby for him to
stay. He has lost my respect and support.
Jerry Sloan has been an incredible coach for the Utah Jazz. I know of nothing
that DWill has said to make this happen. I know something went down to cause the
sudden resignation. However, as a true Jazz fan I will continue to cheer for the
Jazz no matter what. I even cheered when we had Arroyo and Ostertag...(not
pretty years in our history) After 24 years, we can only be grateful and hope
that we dont get a coach like Isaiah Thomas. LETS GO JAZZ!
I guess some of you missed the remarks that everyone in the team management was
trying to talk Jerry out of leaving. It started last night in the locker room
and they kept trying to talk him out of it until the press conference. It seems
Jerry has had enough. Probably had enough teaching to the kids with their ipods
in their ears. Don't know what you got til it is gone.
I'm sure if Larry Miller were alive, it would be Deron Williams on his way out
of town. When will these so called stars grasp their relative insignificance in
the grand scheme of things? They get huge sums on money and don't give the
effort commensurate with their salary. Where are you John Stockton?
D-Will needs to be booed tomorrow night. We can still love the guy, but he
needs to know he ISN'T the Utah Jazz.
A sincere thank you to Jerry Sloan and his coaching team. You will be missed!
It was just a few months ago that Jerry was saying that he would have nothing to
do if he were to retire. He said he loves coaching too much to give it up. He
even went as far as to say that he would have to become a Wal-Mart greeter if he
were to suddenly be fired. I doubt very highly that Sloan called it quits like
this, there has to be something else.
sickening !!!!....the sooner they trade williams the better....he didn't want to
play here before and now forsure he will want to leave...i do not want to point
the finger at dwill but if the report i heard is true and he actually went
against coach Sloan's instructions and ran a different play that is beyond
obscene...kevin DO NOT leave this until mid season next year...if
not before the deadline...make it happen in the off season...
Yet agian, the Bulls have something to do with a Jazz loss. This time it's
Dea Holladay,When you call a spade a spade it does not make you a
fair weather fan.Deron has been complaining for weeks, actually he
spent last season saying the team needed to improve. The jazz imported Bell who
used to shoot 3's and Jefferson who Dwill was going to make into an allstar.
Too bad Dwill he found out he cannot even communicate well enough to teach
Jefferson a simple pick and roll and the thoughts of making him an all
star...well anywaySo Deron airs his grief in the papers, chooses his
own plays on the court and now you think the coach is repsonsible. I am sure it
has been building for quite some time.Sloan knows how to win and has
proven it Deron knows how to whine and now he is about to learn what goes around
comes around.Good luck Jazz
Boy, all you Jazz haters taking these internet reports as gospel truth is
rediculas. Jerry resigned because he is tired, plain and simple. It had nothing
to do with anything else. So get over yourselves! Corbin is now Coach, so give
him a chance. GO JAZZ!!Thanks Jerry for 23 years! You will be
Welcome modern NBA to the Utah valley. Players run the show.
Thank you to Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson for your work ethic, dedication to the
game of basketball, excellent coaching over many years, and for providing us
many wonderful memories. I know many people wish you all the best in whatever
efforts you turn your time and attention to. We will miss both of you.All the best to Tyrone Corbin and his coaching staff. You were a class act as
a player and we look for more of the same. You have a great tradition to build
IF the comments from others sources like ESPN, CBSsportsline, etc are
true....Then I think D-Will is nothing but a self centered
egotisitcal manaic. I will not support one thing he does with his
"Charities" or should I say "Look at me" party.I
will not support Miller family for this outrage by buying Jazz tickets,
purchasing products or whatever.If Larry was alive he would boot
D-will and spank Greg.
Thank you Jerry for all these good years. Great coach could win multiple ring
if not stubbornness. Jazz better off Deron. I said before when he came to Jazz
too much attitude issue. It's about time AK please go somewhere
else. GO AK
Red the internet may not be gospel truth but neither are official press
conferences. Jerry resigned because he was tired? So why did Phil resign? Was
he tried too? Give me a break. ESPN had sources tell them in the first half
D-Will ignored two plays Jerry yelled out. So at halftime Jerry got ticked at
Deron there was a big blowup. That's when Jerry decided he was going to quit.
He spoke with K'OK after the game and there was some type of a scuffle. Millers
are mad because they feel like Jerry and Phil and jumping ship. It's a huge
mess, mark my words this team will be sold to Seattle within 3 years.
Williams, take your attitude and get out of town. You're a great player, but
that's not all that matters. You can't teach humanity.
Red,Jerry Sloan has never been one to air dirty laundry. So don't take the
"Tired/Energy level" at face value.D-Will is the cause and
should be deported back to Dallas. I can live with not having championships, I
can't live with a team that sponser Me-isms....
I hope Sloan read this thread, today. A handful of detractors have been calling
for his head for years. Now the real fans speak out. The toughest player and
the classiest coach in the history of the league: Jerry Sloan. I hope he goes
to coach another team so he can show them how to win, just like he did here for
23 years.D-Will: I guess we will see about the self-proclaimed best
point guard in the NBA.The biggest victim: probably AK. He won't
even get to touch the ball in practice now. D-Will will probably freeze him out
of the toilet stalls.
@ ElDoradoi think you are right...it may turn out to be like what
happened to the Sonics in Seattle...they will transfer the franchise to a more
marketable setting...i wish the NBA would lockdown for 5 years...
wow, i was wrong, i thought they were going to trade kirilenko and sloan was
flustered but i guess kirilenko just wanted to see what every one was crying
about because he was coming out of the coaches room last night, haha, i never
thought they would ask him to leave but no one will miss his pep talks because
he doesn't motivate with speeches, the farm verbiage however, my life will never
be the same without it
Jerry decided to step down, his decision. Now everybody needs a scapegoat so
let's throw D-Will under the bus...Nice. Hey this is what happens every where
else in professional sports when things aren't going well, right or wrong, so
lets not jump off a cliff people. People who hate change (sloanaholics) are
going crazy today. Jerry had 23 years in a professional sports league to get it
right and win a championship. No crying, PLEASE!!Nothing lasts forever. Put up
his statue, turn the page, let's go Corbin!! I agree with Todd,
time for a new vision/management team. Out with the old and in with the new. It
happens everyday somewhere in America!!
I never thought that coach Sloan will leave Utah in this way,I admire both
D-Will and coach Sloan so I was very shocked to hear the news..I think D-Will
will ask for a trade for the next few days and I'm expecting the Jazz to trade
him for sure..I don't think that the Jazz will move on if D-Will stays with the
All I can say is that after pushing a Great coach like Sloan out of the
picture,.. D'Will had better step up big time. And I don't mean Individually, I
mean as a Team Leader. That Jazz better go on a big time winning streak, or I
say trade D'will for a Chris Paul or someone else who is more of a team guy.Note to D'WIll, you brought this on, you make it work.
Having been in their offices and seen the horrible workplace conditions they
impose on their "peons" I would rather eat sand than work for the
I heard something today that said there are a lot of good athletics in the NBA
but not a lot of good basketball players. Coach Sloan has been a part of the
Jazz since I was 4 years old. I am truly so sad over this and I am very upset if
the rumors are true about DWILL. I know that Coach Sloan was getting over but
this is not how you treat a Hall of fame Coach.
I want to hear what Deron has to say about all this mess. If Deron is the reason
our coach hung it up in the middle of the season, then the Jazz better trade
Deron asap, no one player is greater then the team, I dont care who you are or
who you think you are. We all know Deron has been calling for change. I have
been calling for a change, not a coaching change, but if Sloan really is
stepping down because he says its his time, then lets turn the page and move
forward. If Deron was the cause, I will be worried about this teams direction.
Time to buckle up jazz fans! GO JAZZ!!
I know that it is a disappointing day for Jazz fans including myself, but I feel
confident that the Jazz can still move forward, and we have had no confirmations
that DWill was the cause of this or was forced out. For now, let's remember
what Jerry did while he was with the Jazz. I am disappointed in
Jazz fans for the attacks on DWill and Greg Miller, we don't know if this
happened cause of them. I am excited to see Tyron Corbin coach, I'm
sure he has learned a lot from Jerry and I will expect to see a similar style of
coaching from him.
"Dallas radio KRLD and the Dallas Morning News report that Deron Williams
demands a trade to the Dallas Mavs preferably, with San Antonio or Houston as
alternatives.His complaints were the lack of talent backing him up, (on
the Jazz), and having to carry the burden of Jazz fans blaming him for the loss
of Jerry Sloan. His agent contacted the Mavs early Thursday morning. Williams
said he expects to be booed by Jazz fans everytime he touches the ball, that he
has never been happy in SLC, and that he made a huge mistake to sign an
Greg and DWill are taking a lot of heat but this day was going to come sooner or
later and it had to come. It might as well be now. Sloan quit on his
own. DWill does not have the power to kick him out. DWill is replaceable. KOC
was NEVER a real GM because Sloan had veto power. Greg just resigned
Sloan for 5 mill. Sloan just mugged the Millers for 5 Mill. Gail
said it best. The Jazz franchise will go forward. It did not end with Layden and
will not end with Sloan. I expect the following. 1.
Corbin will modify the flex and run special plays for AJ so the system does not
stop dead all of the time. Corbin will modify the system to get the max from the
players he has. 2. KOC will be a real GM and he is better than many
think. The Jazz will get better. 3. The 1st round drafting will
improve. 4. The D may improve. 5. The Jazz may start
winning. 6. Some players may blossom.Silas replaced
Brown and CHA is better.Gentry improved the Suns. Corbin
and Greg will improve the Jazz.
I've kept watching the Jazz because of Stockton and Malone, and Larry Miller,
and Jerry Sloan. Each era has transitioned. I hope for my sake that they
can remain something worthy of my loyalty. Jerry is a giant. When they put his
statue out front next to the boys on the street his mouth better be wide open
screaming. Just don't include an audio track, there will be children walking
Obviously no one knows the whole story behind who may or may not have been the
reason for Jerry Sloan to resign at this point in time except for the
individuals involved, so any blame placed is pure speculation. However, I will
say this - I have lost a lot of respect for Deron Williams (regardless of what
part he may actually play in this scenario) for the mere fact that he
intentionally ignored a play set up by the coach (and that is a fact). Coach
Sloan had every right to be upset with Deron. If a coach can't expect a player,
no matter who he is, to do what is asked of him, then I feel it's analogous to
the patients running the asylum.
Thanks Jerry for all the dedicated years. I don't blame you for not being able
to win a championship, I blame the egos of the players who fought you while
trying to do it. I do however believe this is a different era. Jerry said it
best, it was his time. He has lost the passion and having to deal with rich
spoiled brats doesn't make it any easier. Good luck in whatever you do in life.
We will miss you Jerry. Your no-nonsense approach to everything about the game
was wonderful. Players on the Jazz knew to keep their jersey tucked in, they
played team ball or they didn't play, they played defense and they worked
hard.Utah will forever be indebted to the man with a John Deere
tractor.Thank you for everything you have taught us over the years
Coach Sloan. You are the best!!!
Thank you to all who posted on this thread. I think people like ToddfromSantaAna
need a good dose of what a true Jazz fan (and not an xbox playing fair weather
fan) is all about. I'm outraged and saddened today. My worst day as a Jazz fan
and a much deeper pain than watching my favorite team go down to a great Jordan
led Bulls squad. This is the day the music died. For many, many years-the Jazz
have tried (sometimes in vain) to do things the right way and today they failed
in every way. Since the Frank Layden days the Jazz have done things the Jerry
Sloan way. Now we will watch them play for a coach (Bless him) who knows that
the star calls the shots. Very different. I for one am anxious to see how Coach
Williams plans to set up his defense. Tyrone, good luck--but be advised---this
is not your team to run. Tread carefully, young coach. Finally--Deron? Shame.
Just lost my last reason for watching the Jazz.
Dave SThank you. Thank you for saying what the TRUE fans are
thinking! He hasn't won us a championship in the 23 years he had been coaching.
He only took us to the finals twice.....in 23 YEARS! He also had a losing
playoff record. I appreciate everything he has done for this organization, but
it's time to move on! This is not DWill's fault AT ALL! We need a spark to get
going. The old lame systen Sloan was running isn't going to win us a
championship. We need a new lifeblood to this team and it starts with the coach!
Get some all stars to play with Dwill, and get rid or Okur and AK!
@ Resolute Voice:You hit this dead on the money. Miller and O'Conner can
spin this any way they like, but they cowered before a baby and watched a giant
walk away.In his arrogance, shown in his comments and actions, Williams
has shown that he does not now, and I doubt ever will, understand the value of
"old school". The benefits he rolls in were bought and paid for by the
likes of Jerry Sloan.The Jazz ought to be ashamed, but then now the Jazz
can be like most of the rest of the league, run by the ignorance of
inexperience. One less Jazz fan here today.
This is why I no longer get excited about the NBA - a league of primadonnas who
can't win championships on their own talent so they demand a trade or sign as a
free agent with an all-star team like Miami or the Lakers. Here's a thought
D-Will; why don't you make the players around you better so you can win?Too bad Jerry had to have his best team at the height of the Michael
Jordan era since he was the only player in the history of basketball who could
keep the 97-98 team from winning a couple of rings.
If I know Jerry Sloan correctly, I don't think that Jerry Sloan would step down
due to a player. Deron Williams, I don't believe is the cause of this, I
believe that Jerry stepped down because he is getting old, and tired, and I
believe it was just his time to move on.
It is obvious that this Utah is 100% behind Jerry, he was not only an amazing
coach but seems to be a very stand up and classy guy. Good Luck in the future
Jerry you will be missed. I also agree that Deron probably has a
superstar attitude but truth is he is the star that the Jazz need and Greg
Miller needs to pull his head out and buy Deron some help. I like Deron he has
done great things for the Jazz. It is obvious the entire franchise is frustrated
and Greg has just let it begin to unravel. Greg has proved he is not half the
man his father was!
Jerry was bigger in Utah than any player. Jerry always did things his way.
Stop the blame game. Jerry left on his terms. Dwill did not run Jerry out of
town. Greg did not run him out of town. It was time for Jerry to hang it up.
The team was not functioning well under his direction. He couldn't coach guys
like Fes and CJ.Jerry lasted way too long in one place. It was time
to move on. Don't worry about Jerry. He will be fine in on tractor.
I hope the best for Coach Sloan and Coach Johnson. Two guys who were loyal to a
fault. Both could have left many times for better jobs but chose to stay for a
Team and a city they loved. In this age of me me me these were two guys who
always looking out for the best interest of the team.Some of our selfish
players need to learn this concept. D-will is too cought up in being the so
called best point guard in the league. Last night d-Rose proved him dead wrong.
AK needs to quit whinning and start playing like he gives a hoot. In my mind
the Jazz should keep Jefferson and Milsap and clean house with the rest of our
Guys. Grow up Jazzmen.What really happened with Coaches Sloan and Johnson
may never come out. Both are too classes to bad mouth anyone. And of course
what is said in the locker room stays in the locker room.As for Tyrone
Corbin, I'm sure that he will make a fine coach. He has had two of the best
guys to learn from. Good Luck Ty. We are all rooting for you.
Can't someone just tell us what the heck happened?! Sheesh.
After reading most of the posts, I would say that most did not watch or hear the
press conference. There is no doubt the grind of the work finally took it's
toll on Jerry and Phil. They grew tired of it. Just a BIG THANK YOU to Jerry
and Phil and the entire Jazz organization for the Jazz. Jerry and Phil have
been the best. There have been 245 coaching changes in the NBA while Jerry has
been coaching. Thank you Miller's. Some want to find their own demons while
the truth is in front of them. The Jazz, during the Sloan era, has been one of
the most consistent franchises in NBA history. GO JAZZ!
Thanks Coach Sloan, you did a good job, thanks for the dedication and hard work.
But it's about time, should have happened at least ten years ago.
Jazz management can be loyal to a fault. All the same,
thanks for everything coach.
Wow!! Some of the craziest things I've ever read are in the comments for this
column. In fact, I didn't finish reading them because there is so much
misguided hostility. For my part, thank you Jerry Sloan & Phil Johnson for
many great years of basketball. Congratulations Ty Corbin for becoming the new
head coach of a wonderful team & organization. Shame on everybody for
blaming all of this on Deron Williams. He certainly will not want to play for
the Jazz if the fans turn on him. Let's try to look forward to this new day;
this new opportunity to win.
Thanks for the memories.
I think this was a "needle that broke the camels back" situation where
Sloan decided it was time. I don't think D-Will gave the front office a
"me or him" ultimatum. I also know the Millers wouldn't fire Sloan
for any reason.
I check the papers every day in hopes that the headline is Utah Basketball Coach
Resigns or Utah Basketball Coach Is Fired......but not Jerry Sloan. This should
be Jim Boylen the worst coach in the history of the state of Utah. Why oh why
did my wish not come true, I guess you have to be more specific than "I
hope and pray Utah fires it's basketball coach." I should have said JIM
BOYLEN. Ugh! Thanks Jerry Sloan for all the memories, you were a class act! Now
come on Chris Hill let's keep the changes coming, FIRE BOYLEN!
The Sports Illustrated article is a nice tribute.
To Jerry Sloan: Thank you for everything you have done, and for being the
person that you are. The sports world needs many more of you.To
Phil Johnson: Once again, your actions and words were inspiring.To
Tyrone Corbin: You've paid your dues. I'm glad you get this opportunity. Good
luck.To Deron Williams: The NBA is littered with exceptionally
talented athletes with even larger egoes. This is your day - you have eclipsed
those players today and are now the latest "that guy." I hope you
enjoy the attention.To Greg Miller: Taking the orgainization in a
new directio, huh? Disappointing...
Go Milkman Go.
Looks like the fair weather fans and ultra conservative fan base is out in
numbers posting here (Sloan lovers). Not me, I'm glad the dictator is finally
gone. Hooray for the news thats been over due for 5 years. Lets face it, the
Jazz need a change to be successful. The system that Jerry runs is outdated and
too predictable, thus no rings with average playoff results. I'm glad Greg
Miller isn't like Larry. The Jazz and the organization are finally creating
their own path to evolve into today's NBA. The Jazz are no longer Grandpa's
game anymore. The transformation won't be instantly, but mark my word the Jazz
will become a legitamate league powerhouse that players will want to come and
play for. Hopefully, D-Will will be here leading the team when the Jazz win
their first ring.
I'm growing tired of some here that are assuming this or that happened. Why
can't people just take what was said and quit looking for a scapegoat? None of
you were there. You don't know, you really don't know, but you show your
complete ignorance and make stupid, unwarranted comments. Take Jerry at his
word. That's good enough for me. In no way am I backing DWill, but I feel
people are being very unfair. It's like Jerry pointed out, that he's had flair
ups a number of times with his players. I wish Coach Sloan the
best. He is to be congratulated and admired. He was always true to himself and
the people he worked with. I for one will miss him.I also am
excited for Coach Corbin. He deserves the opportunity and will do a fine job.
I can't believe the haters. Do you really not see that Coach Sloan is OLD? His
methods are OLD, his style is OLD. It was past time for him to retire.Don't get me wrong. He leaves a great legacy. Perhaps no coach has
accomplished more with less - during the regular season. But one thing will
forever stand out - no rings. He was not a good second season coach.But he WAS a class act, a consummate professional, an example of a great work
ethic, and a man you could admire. Try finding another like him in the ranks of
NBA head coaches....NOT.
There has been alot of speculation about the reasons for this happening. I've
coached at an upper level for 17 years. I've learned over the years in
situations like this, there is partial truth in all the rumors. Sports is a
unique culture. It is a culture that is very complex. It is rare that one
thing here or one thing there leds to coaching changes. It's usually a
collection of things, with one final blow. Perhaps DW delivered the final blow
during the Bulls game? It's tough to say what the real truth in this matter
will ever be!I wish Coach Sloan the best. I'm not a basketball fan,
nor then a Jazz fan, however I due appreciate Coach Sloan's efforts. There's a
reason he lasted this long...HE'S GOOD! Congrat's to him on an outstanding
career. (Coach Johnson too!).Final thought... part of the sports
culture... "There are two kinds of coaches. Those that have been fired, and
those that are going to be fired." Reality of the culture.
Thanks Coach Sloan for all you've done.
I really can't believe the comments on here. I'm glad the Jazz have such
know-it-all fans. Are you really naive enough to believe everything the press
tells you? Have you never noticed their tendency to want to create controversy
so they can sell themselves?Let it go people and move on...that is
what Jerry is doing.
Nothing but pure CLASS with this no nonsense coach. Thank you Jerry you are
truly the "MAN" thank you for the memories.Aloha Pumehana
Jerry Sloan did a great job for the Jazz for a long, long time....thanks and
best wishes. A class act.
I think John Stockton said it best."Jerry and I had confrontations all the
time. It comes with the territory of being a point guard. You are an extension
of your coach out there on the floor disagreements happen. Nobody could have
pushed coach Sloan out if he was not ready to leave. We talk regularly and Jerry
was growing tired. Maybe he doesn't want to argue with any more point guards,
he's earned that right and I'm happy for him and Phil."I think
it was Jerry's time. I was at the Bulls game a few rows up from the Jazz bench.
I took note before the game how Jerry Sloan kept gazing up into the stands at
the fans. Occasionally waving at fans he reconized or made eye contact with. He
seemed to have a tear in his eye before the game even started. He seemed to be
taking the fans in and reminising about cherished memories. After seeing this I
new something was weighing heavy on Sloans heart but I didn't know what til the
next day when the news broke.Lets all pull together and support Ty
and the team.
First it was boozer, now it is DWill. I swear you fans have to hate somebody or
you don't know what to do with yourselves. I think it is sad Jerry stepped down
but I don't think anyone forced him out. He has thought about quitting for a
while now, he says it all the time. He just is old and doesn't have the energy
to argue with players and get them to do things. He doesn't have the energy to
prepare and work this team as hard as it needs to be worked. Let us
honor Jerry's legacy with some common sense and humility. It was no one's fault,
he just felt it was time to go. Let's support the team we have.
Thank you Sloan for all you have done. you will be missed.
Deron, I understand South Beach weather is really nice this time of year.
re: SJ BobkinsSo do you have proof of you KRLD report cause I'm on
their website now and see nothing? This would be a big enough story that surely
they would have some kind of a story if there were any truth to it. I wouldn't
have a hard time believing but I would like some solid evidence.
Only Jerry Sloan could coach a small-market team to win over 1000 games, without
the resources of a big city like Chicago or L.A. Especially when he never had a
poor enough record to get a superstar draft pick. He had to develop his own
superstrars, like John Stockton, the best point guard ever (who still holds the
career record for total assists AND total steals).And by the way, only the
Utah Jazz would keep a coach for 23 years. Thanks to Larry Miller and
Jerry Slaon for making the Jazz great.
Wow!! No wonder Jazz fans are made fun of throughout the league. You love almost
worship D-Will when the Jazz were winning. Call for Andre's head when he was in
his multi-season slump, now thats forgotten. Not to mention those who called for
Sloan to be let go who are now changing their tune. Nobody hated to see what
transpired with Coach Sloan more than I do, but to all the finger pointers and
know it alls you really need to remember the words of former NFL football coach
Buddy Ryan, "There are two things every person in America thinks they can
do. Star in a movie, and coach a football team. People are stupid!" I think
the same can be said about any sport. There will always be people who know more
than the professionals who have experience and training that most people don't.
In closing remember how much you hate D-Will when the Jazz start winning
Stud an Studly meeting of the minds in 98 very cool.
Got to appreciate Jerry's feelings. The spirit is willing but the body is not.
The time comes when you realize that you are spinning your wheels and it's time
to find a better road. It will be hard to fill the void that is there, but that
will pass and Jerry will be able to sit down and become the armchair coach like
the rest of us. Thank you, Coach Sloan, for the many years of sacrifice and
dedication to the Jazz organization. You has been a wonderful example for the
youth who have grown up with the Jazz.
I'm guessing the folks in SLC were hoping for a coaching change further up the
hill rather than this one.
Is this the best that the Jazz and the people of Salt Lake can do?Doesn't Jerry Sloan deserve better than this? Did it really have to come down
to his hasty departure?How do you replace a legend?
Where's Paul Harvey with the "rest of the story" when you need him? I
agree with the posters that Sloan will be greatly missed. I agree that DWill has
more to do with this than we know. I have seen firsthand the divalike,
demanding, and downright rude behavior of our star player. I have absolutely no
respect for DWill as a person. Something took place in the lockerroom during
half-time after DWill didn't execute the plays called out by Sloan. Someone
needs to tell DWill this isn't street ball with players doing their own thing. I
can totally see Jerry coming out of the locker room steaming and saying he was
fed up with it all and being tired of dealing with the prima donna's and being
their babysitters. It was sad to see the JAZZ lose to the other JAZZ Wednesday.
The ones who left our team showed everyone what they were capable of, and that
may have been the straw -- we lost some good players and they won the game
Wednesday. DWill blew the chance to go ahead with 30 some seconds left. Why?
Good luck Ty -- you'll need it!
Thank you Coach Sloan...thank you...enough said.
I know that Sloan and Johnson resigning at the same time seems perplexing,
especially with Tyrone Corbin figuratively being thrown out there naked so to
speak. I am sure he will do well nevertheless.Try this on for
size:Bring in Jeff Hornacek for Assistant Coach after the All Star break.
And tender a serious offer for Jerry to take over a GM, perhaps after the
It is what it is. Management sided with the franchise player over the coach. I
like Corbin from DePaul. This was handled badly. The time for change was
before the season. Corbin should have taken over then. No problem. It was time
for a change. However, this "ended badly". The way it was handled
"stunk to high heaven", O'Connor punked out and Rigby and Miller
"punked out" with him. Now, you have a prima donna running the team.
When he sat on the bench injured, did you count the bling? Sloan must have said
something because the next game it was gone and now Sloan is gone. Boo hoo!
Jerry Sloan is awesome! He ran good plays for the Jazz. He's a very attractive
man! We wish he wasn't leaving the Utah Jazz. We'd rather DWill leave than
The one thing the last 24 hours has reinforced for me is how good we once had
it. The combination of Larry, Sloan, Stockton and Malone was a match made in
heaven and something I think we all took for granted. Sloan was the last remnant
of that golden age of Jazz history and now it is gone forever. There will never
be another Jazz team like that one and I am just grateful that I was around to
witness it and will just have to be content with the memories. Thank you for
everything Coach Sloan! I hope you enjoy a happy and well earned retirement!
One of the things I have most respected about the Jazz organization is that they
did things the right way. They did not go after players who were trouble-makers.
And if a player became a trouble-maker, he was quickly sent packing. It was also
made very clear that the coach was the coach and the players were the players.
The coach did not try to play and the players did not try to coach. All that
has, apparently, changed. It appears the Jazz have become another asylum run by
the inmates. I, for one, will not support the insanity. Good luck to Ty Corbin.
He is going to need it.....
Man, oh man, OH MAN!, are we gonna miss Jerry!....Good luck, Coach
Sloan. Here's to forever holding your head high, good health and happy days
ahead.You've earned it.
Most of these comments miss the point. With the exception of Karl Malone's rant,
everyone to a man has claimed that Derron Williams didn't force Jerry Sloan out.
Jerry just felt fatigued and that he had lost the energy. How many times in the
past did Jerry say that he would coach until it wasn't fun anymore? Derron
Williams himself told the media, "I would have have left Utah first before
I forced Jerry out." Kevin O'Connor verified that Derron never approached
him or Greg Miller about having Jerry leave. Jerry's decision took them all by
surprise. He made the decision after last Wed.'s loss to Chicago and the
administration asked him to sleep on it. When the answer was the same on Thurs.,
they begged him to stay. Jerry refused. Stop blaming Derron Williams! Had this
occurred last year, rumors would be circulating that Boozer had forced him out.
Had it occurred in the 1990's, rumors would be circulating that The Mailman
forced him out. Take Sloan, D-Will, O'Connor, Randy Rigby, and Greg Miller at
their words. Sloan wasn't forced out!