I shook Sloan's hand back in 1989 at the SLC airport just after he took over
from Frank Layden. I never imagined that 20 years later he would still be the
head coach! His ethic, approach and dedication apply to anyone's life. A true
inspiration in my book.
Interesting comment about the team feeling like it was Frank's until Malone and
Stock were gone.Let's go Jazz! Get him some hardware!
Jerry Sloan is an absolute stud. He could have left several times for more
money. No matter what his critics say, he is always the last to take the
credit, but the first to take the blame. Men like Jerry are few and far
When ever I think of "Jerry Sloan" I think of "Old School" What a great coach
Coach Sloan represents the best of what makes the Jazz an inspiring team to
support through thick and thin. I like his style of demanding that everyone
step up to the plate and earn their salary through hard-knuckle defense and
back-to-the basics play without all the showboat baloney. I still miss the old
Jazz colors though. Let's get a well-deserved championship for Jerry this
Jerry deserves his induction and he's a class act for sure, but the Jazz need a
new face in the suit before they win a championship...
Thanks for the great decade and then some Coach Sloan.
"truly humbled" is a split infinitive
If jerry sloan is going into the hall of fame. I guess you better put in Mike
Dunleavy, Goerge Karl, Byron Scott, Flip Saunders, Rick Carlyle, Scott
Skiles, you know, coaches who have been around a long time but haven't really
done that much.
Wow are you kidding me?!?! Haven't done that much?? None of those coaches
deserve to wear the same suit coat as Sloan. Dang kid, watch some basketball
before you come out running your mouth on this article. In fact, even better,
just stay away from the game, cause you know absolutely NOTHING!
I see no great baskeball thinking,no clever adjustments,no strategizing,in sloan "coaching",all I
see is him weilding one tool, A hammer (his system), over and over again,and NOT winnng a championship, NOT even with 2 of the greatest in the
most important positions, pg and pf.The fans in large part
support him?I think NOT!Just a vociferous
minority that supports him, a pandering and fawning media, and most
importantly, an ownership loyalty, that most coaches never enjoy.Perhaps he will show what great coach he is by tinking with the
starting lineup many times again this season.(by the way, sloan has
said who starts is not important)and keeping deserving players on
the bench, never playng and developing young players.
Jerry has done more with less than any coach in the history of basketball: he
took a small media market team, a team in a place where many NBA players refuse
to work, year after year outperforming media expectations, getting more out of
players than they produced elsewhere if they moved on, and gave the team a
winning tradition. Not winning a championship was due to one man -- MJ. Coach
Sloan deserves to be in the Hall, period.
that people are on here telling us how great Sloan has been for the Jazz. How
many championships did he win while coaching the two best players in the NBA
(Alleged) for 18 years. Answer...."0"Barkley introducing him is
perfect....they are mental twins...
I think the Jordan generation will never appreciate Jerry. Jerry discourages
high-flying acrobatic slam dunks and emphasizes fundamental basketball. He
discourages one-on-one moves and emphasizes teamwork. His players don't get on
ESPN highlight reels. But year in and year out, his teams win a lot more games
than they lose. When he first took over, I was one of his biggest detractors.
He really was pretty flawed then. But Larry was right to be patient, and, like
his players, Jerry developed his skills and knowledge every year until he became
an outstanding coach, and earned his place in the Hall. Congratulations!
Michael Jirdan ran a coach out of town, as did Miagic Johnson - even after
winning a ring with one. With all the noise Malone made EVERY off-season, never
once a peep about the coach. If Malone or Stockton wanted they could have run
Jerry and certainly the pair could have, but they didn't. The endorsemt of those
two Hall of Famers is greater than that of the Hall, and much more credible than
anyone on these threads.
Actually, Jordan and Magic each forced the firing of two coaches and Magic
forced the Lakers to trade fan favorite, Norm Nixon. Magic forced out Jack
McKinney and Pat Riley. Jordan forced out Kevin Lockery and Doug Collins.
People who disparage Coach Sloan and the work ethic and personal standards he
champions are, themselves, people who could never (and still can't): 1) work
hard, 2) put anyone else above their own selfish and petty desires, and 3) work
truly as a 'team' member.
No, you truly don't . . . and that's sad. You and "Sloan hater" and
"Unbelievable" and "todd from santa ana" and several others truly don't get it.
The man gets inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and to you he's a
throw-away has been.Sorry for all you've missed over the course of
Sloan's career. You've missed a lot. It will be a long time before we see his
equal in SLC again . . . .