I've been in business a long time. There is a hard fast rule. "The boss
is still the boss even if he is wrong." Sloan was the boss. As long as he
was the boss he should have had management's full support. They always had the
full right to remove home. Having chosen to keep him in, there should have been
no question who was boss. That didn't happen--so consequences were paid. Live
and learn jazz management.
If you consider all the things that did happen to the Jazz they did do pretty
well. Many of the Jazz fans will not understand or agree that this season is
going to help the Jazz in the long run but I have high hopes and I know that the
Jazz organization always proves the doubters wrong. We are the underdogs of the
NBA and will always fight to be on top. I think that with our youth and the way
that all the big teams of the west getting older Kid,Duncan,and Kobe are showing
signs that they are in the final years of there career so I am sure that we will
be taking over the west before any one knows it. I also love Haris's
comment about wanting to not give up and build team chemistry.
The question was asked "what did we witness?" We witnessed the
inconceivable: Jerry Sloan walking out on his team - on OUR team - and that, my
friends, is something none of you ever thought would happen. Call it what you
want, but he quit in the middle of a season. At least CJ tries every
night, plays hard even when things aren't going well. At least Paul Milsap
tried to play through his knee injury. At least Andre Kirilenko tried to
play through his constant back, knee and ankle injuries. And on and on we
could go about Jazz players showing up every night and playing with guts and
heart. But Jerry walked on them all, in mid-season at that. Pathetic.
There is an old adage in the business world that when you have a change of
management you will inevitably have a large disruption in the ranks.There will
be a lot of turn over among managers as the new management hires their own team
of leaders, and institutes THEIR philosophies. It was probably predictable
that Sloan had to go. I think all of this pain had to happen, it's just good
it all took place over one season. (we hope)
I think the Jazz are in an excellent position to rebuild themselves for next
year. As good as Williams was, it was time for him to move on (it would have
happened eventually.) Favors is a great up-and-coming player, and we've got some
other really good talent too. I think it's time to let Kirilenko go, along with
Okur, and Fesenko, and free up that money for some better talent. Depending on
what happens during the off-season, I think the Jazz could have a great season
ahead of them next year.
to all the Sloan bashers, I guess you showed him? LOL!What we can
surmise from all this:1) Larry Miller was a great owner and a great
motivator for his team.....and he loved Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson~2) Jerry Sloan really was a Hall of Fame Coach....and we lost him~Face it we are in rebuild mode the second Jerry and Phil walked out the
door....its not going to happen over nite....but given that Larry too is
gone...its a long shot! Greg has proven one thing so far...he is not Larry!
I think the Jazz need to really throw out the bath water and start with a
completely fresh methodology. Gone is Jerry Sloan, the Pick-and-Roll, and gone
is the half-court system.I say we bring in Jimmer Fredette and try a
completely fresh new approach to the game, adopt a more run-and-gun offense like
Phoenix, and try to be different.No coach is going to be able to
replicate Sloan's system as well, so I think we need to stop trying. After 23
years people have become weary of Sloan's system. There is really no better
time than now, to shake things up and create a new Jazz "brand" next
They will be better next year. I still think the Williams trade was brilliant.
The Jazz got a lot for him and it will improve them over the next few seasons. I
am betting they will make the playoffs next year and will have a strong 2nd half
of the season once the team gells. I am looking forward to seeing who is on the
roster next year.
Seems in the article that we face that old view again. The Jazz are successful
in the media and in many fans view IF they get to the playoffs. Yes, being a
playoff contender year in and year out makes this a great organization. Nope.
Winning a championship (actually more than one) would make this a great
franchise but it won't likely happen. Why? This team is in Salt Lake City and
top talent will no longer stay here so you have maybe a 5 year window now to win
one. Two, fans here I believe are fair weathered and won't endure 2 to 3 years
of rebuilding in order to win championships. Finally, I don't think that Jazz
management or ownership know how to win a championship. The choices the front
office makes on draft day will say a WHOLE lot on the direction of this
franchise. That is the real story, draft day. It will tell us if they are in it
to win it, or just in it to keep the franchise profitable.
I think I'm more excited about the Jazz than ever and I've been a fan since
Maravich first stepped on the Salt Palace court. If nothing else, it's going to
It appeared Williams was the next step to a championship for this team. Instead
his moody arrogance has blown up the franchise.We lost Sloan and
then all of Deron's talent. Those two things have left a gaping hole that will
not be easily filled.Deron's attitude was clearly destructive to the
team. He demonstrated zero ability to lead and inspire his teammates to play
above and beyond their individual ability.There is not denying his
individual talent and I LOVED watching it and I am still frustrated by the
absence of his talent.All that said this team was not going to the
top with his grouchy approach.How many teams win a championship with
their PG as their best go-to player? Even the Lakers and Kobe were nothing
until they got their BIG's.The Jazz had to unload Mr. mutiny and I
think Favors is going to be an awesome BIG for alot of years.We need
to use these draft picks to trade and get some decent younger veterans around
him and Hayward. The last thing this team needs is two more rookies from the
I believe the take this article gives that Jerry Sloan left because of disputes
with DWill, losing the energy to coach etc., is inaccurate. Management came to
the conclusion after watching the team and DWill throughDecember and early
January that it was not going to compete for a deep run in the playoffs. They
concluded they needed to move on with rebuilding the teamincluding trading
DWill. Jerry, KOC, and GM discussed and Jerry decided that at his
age he did not have the energy to be part of another rebuild. So, they made a
fast decision and left of his own accord even though KOC and GM wanted him to
stay.KOC, then quickly moved forward to secure the coach they had
been grooming to take over for years, make the trade of DWill to provide the
necessary resources to rebuild 1 veteran, 1 potential star, and future draft
picks.Pretty good effort to rebuild in one year rather than 5 to 10
like most franchises. It will be intersting to see if it works.
I totally agree with the point that this blow up was inevitable. Because it was
inevitable the Jazz have done the best they could.Next season we
will continue to grow, but we will not make the playoffs. Big Al will need to
learn to be a leader ( he has never learned how to do that). Favors is only 19
and has a lot to learn before he can dominate other big men. Hayward still has a
lot to learn and will not start to be a go to guy for another year or two.
Everyone will need to learn what Tyrone Corbin wants them to do. Even Tyrone
will need to learn how to be a head coach.All of these things will
take more time than just one off season. Have patients Jazz fans, it will take
another year, but we will return to being competitive and in 4 or 5 years if we
can keep everyone progressing we will be competing for a championship.
College is where it is at anyway. Hopefully there be a walkout/lockout.
NBA=boring. Real excitement and fun is with college ball
A lot of people are understandably down on this team but lets face it, the
DWill, Boozer, AK, Okur era never would have produced a Western Conference
championship let alone an NBA title. Jazz management recognized over this past
year that instead of being a perennial 1st round out in the playoffs they would
rather start over and try again. As a fan I'd rather have a team
that I can believe has a chance to win it all in the near future than a team
that I know is lucky to get past the first round.It's not like the
Jazz will be starting from scratch next year either, Harris, AJ, and Milsap are
good veterans and Favors and Hayward are legitimate building blocks for the
future.If the Jazz can draft well this year and if they can get some
good, consistent play from CJ and Okur I could see this team in the playoffs
next season. I'd much rather have a team on the rise than on the
decline. I just hope the fall we took this year wasn't as big as our record the
last 3 months might suggest.
That is why Jerry was so brilliant.To the people who bash on Sloan for leaving
the team high and dry , did you ever think that he might have known what he was
doing the whole time? I look at it as a gift he gave Corbin and the Jazz. Think
if he quit this summer Corbin starts fresh with no head coaching experience.
Maybe he does good maybe he does not. But at least now he has had this half a
season to learn from to gain from. He got a good taste of it and that should
help him out a ton this summer and starting next season. I say thank
you Jerry Sloan !!!I think the Jazz knew more about Deron not
re-signing then they lead on. They had something big on him. Face of the
franchise for six years then without any warning he gets a 30 second phone call?
Yeah he needed to go. I couldn't stand his on court complaining anyways. Did
enjoy the early years though. Sad...
I think the Jazz, even during the Stockton and Malone years, never fixed the
holes in their system...They do not have any great 3 point shooters. They have
not had any quality 2 guards, and they still have no quality big man to help
their forwards.Eaton- a great rebounder and hot blocker, but no
offense.Ostertag- lazy and kind of loopy.Collins-no offense or
talent, just steadyFesenko- lazy and kind of loopy, must be what KOC likes
in a center.
they will not win a championship next year no matter what they do. so they might
as well draft a couple of rookies and see if corbin can mess them up. don't
think corbin is the man for the job hpe he proves me wrong
Coach Sloan was awesome. We truly lost one of the "greats."That
picture of him with the tear in his eye breaks my heart everytime. He
didn't not leave easily, and I wish him the best.
Time for the true Jazz fans to come forward..... We love what Jerry did over
the years and will always be grateful for the memories... We could not build
around Williams - he was gone mentally this year and physically next. That
being said the deal the Jazz pulled off was brilliant. The future is Bright and
exciting even though we are at the bottom looking up. Go Jazz - we will always