I would rather have Jerry Sloan for 30 years than win a title!Pride
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Great article. I have adored Jerry Sloan for almost 23 years. I think it so
hard to say goodbye to him without the proper goodbye that he so deserved. When
I heard Jerry was resigning it almost felt like somebody close to me just died.
When it comes down to it its all about money, money, money. I think Karl Malone
said it best last night. Shame on some Jazz players and some of upper management
of the Jazz. I am happy for his wife, step-son, Children and Grandchildren.
I agree. I also think the national media owes him an apology for all the stuff
they said about him being forced out. Sloan tells it straight. If he says it
didn't happen that is good enough for me.
Coach Sloan was nothing but loyal, to Utah, the fans, his players, other teams,
the sport of Basketball. Some say the game passed him by, but anyone that truly
knows the game of basketball knows the game has been the same for a long time.
How many Coaches out there still Run Coach Woodens stuff? The last time he
coached was almost 40 years ago. The Lakers run the Triangle Offense that Coach
Winters learned in the 40s. There might be different rules but the game is the
same. The thing that has changed is the entitlement of the some of the players,
these players now days are very talented but with that comes an attitude that
they are bigger than the concept of the team. Coach Sloan is one the
last of the right way to coach, people complain that he didnt call time outs
enough; the old school way of coaching is on the floor if your team gets itself
in trouble it should get itself out. That is why his teams always won he gave
them the power to win or lose. When they lost he owned it. Thanks
Coach, you are already missed.
Dr J; You said it all...for a lot of us sloanaholics.Thankswe
To Mark Jackson, one of the worst color commentators I've had the misfortune to
hear and see:So you think the NBA passed by Jerry Sloan? That Sloan's
old-school method of winning games won't work anymore? Then I'm guessing
that you think rebounding is not that important. And that the newer Isiah
Thomas coaching style of hiring a ball hog and letting the insane run the asylum
is the way to go. That good, hard screens, crisp passes, running plays to get
your better shooters open looks, putting pressure right at the rim and playing
tough defense are all sure ways to long-term failure. And I'm certain you think
that team defense is overrated, that the way to go is to put the ball in the
hands of your best offensive player and let him create on the fly. And that the
old school style of passing, keeping to fundamentals, placing the ball in the
receiver's hands at chest level and close to the basket is a waste of energy.
You obviously prefer the fancy passer who entertains at a high level trying to
thread the needle while making turnovers.
You go Jerry! Gods Speed
Jerry Sloan was, is and will always be the best coach! The NBA should be ashamed
for never awarding him with Coach of the Year! He has deserved it more than some
that have been given it more than once. We have lost a GREAT man! I am sad. And
have gotten teary eyed a few times the last couple of days. We really do need to
show him our love and appreciation. Thanks Coach! You are the best!
All i can say is thanks jerry ans Phil. You gave the Jazz all you had. Some
nights it wasn't good enough but you gave it 100%. Jerry can leave when and how
he wants. So just say thanks and move on.
I agree with everything in this article. I also think I'll listen to Karl Malone
rather than some of the no talent talking heads on ESPN. To all of the Sloan
haters (who probably looked at the 27 point second half against the Suns and
found a way to make Jerry responsible for that too), I want to say that you too
owe a huge debt to Jerry Sloan. He probably taught your son more about toughness
and character than you ever will. Maybe even made you look at your own character
a bit, right?
@netmasterWhile I think you and I have similar visions of how
basketball and any sport should be played, I do not think you understand the
mentality of most of the world. Yes The NBA is about entertainment, and there
really isn't a place for Jerry Sloan in the League anymore. I personally think
every coach should be like Coach Sloan and I despise that "ball hog"
bad fundamentals style play but I just don't think that is the style of play
people want to see.
Jerry resigned because he's smart -- smart enough to know a bull dog without
teeth can't be an effective guard dog.In Larry Millers day, players
either had to shape up or ship out. Larry stood by Sloan, his system and his
tough love, and when the Jazz had players that could man up, such as Malone,
Stockton, Hornecek, Harpring, etc., the Jazz had success.Not so
today. The Miller family, so afraid their pouty point guard might be too unhappy
as his contract expires, have let Williams show up Coach Sloan again and again
without impunity. By all appearances, loyal Jerry Sloan realized the
loyalty was no longer reciprocated, leaving him with no teeth, no authority to
right the ship.So what choice did Jerry have? DWill, who
loves to be hard on everyone but himself, didn't force Sloan out. Instead,
Williams and the Millers just let Jerry know over these last months that this is
no longer his team.
The main reason I am and maybe was a Jazz fan is Jerry Sloan. For the Jazz
players, it is still about money and me, me, me ...... as much as it may be
denied. And Jazz fans, you got what you asked for. Good Luck
Coach Jerry Sloan grew up in a family of 10 children raised by a single Mother -
got up 4:30am to do chores and walk 2 miles to school for 7am basketball
practice - need any other information?? Most great men I have known come from a
Thanks, Coach Sloan, for all the years! We have always admired you from afar.
Good luck with your future endeavors.
Old school doesn't work anymore????? Somebody better tell the Spurs.
While watching the Jazz-Suns game on Friday, I realized just how much I missed
Sloan and Johnson, and how I really watched Jazz games a lot just because I
liked watching Sloan and Johnson coach. I love watching Phil hold Jerry back
from the refs. I love Jerry clapping his hands and encouraging the team during
a timeout even though they were down by 10. I loved how he stood up for his
players, and unfortunately it seems they didn't stand up for him. My enthusiasm
for the NBA was already waning, and losing J Sloan may have put this fire out.
I was told that the same thing happened with Larry Brown and Paul Silas. There
is a pattern here. It is all about sociology. As far as Mark Jackson 's
comments are concerned, the NBA did "Slaon by". This is a new day and
it's all about a new sociological paradigm and political correctness. If the
"new guard" surpass the old in integrity and loyalty, then so be it.
Neverthless, it just ain't so and the "new Miller" philosophy is to
use socilogy to survice ang go on. However, how many fans will show once they
realize that they are just "pawns in a Skinner box" to remake society
into a utopian paradise of political correctness.
Well said, Randy. Anybody in any field of employment should emulate Jerry's work
ethic. Do the job as best you can; work hard at it. He will be sorely missed.
I don't owe Sloan anything ... I'm not a fan. but I do wish him well.
ST, The article said Utah Jazz Fans owe Jerry a debt of gratitude. You said you
are not a fan . . . nobody said you owed him anything. I think, however, that
you are too short sighted to realize that all of us, even you, benefited from
what Jerry and the Jazz brought to our community.
I agree with most of the rest on here, I was a Jazz fan before Sloan was here,
but the pride of being a Jazz fan over the past 22 years has come from the way
Jerry Sloan coached the Jazz. I loved hearing announcers, other coaches, and
opposing players all praise the Jazz and their style and especially their coach.
Many, many times after a more talented team lost to the Jazz they would give
Sloan's system and style the credit. We'll miss you Coach Sloan, thanks
for making us proud to be Jazz fans.
Another proud Sloanaholic here,oh and btw Matthews 26/7/5 last night just
another typical game for the guy that got away