So well deserved! I look forward to seeing jerseys or banners or something with
both of their names rising at the ESA...and soon! Sad to see the end of this
era, but optimistic for the future of this "new" Jazz team. Life goes
on. Best wishes to Jerry and Phil in all of their future endeavors. Thanks for
the wonderful memories. I've loved being a fan throughout everything and will
continue to do so.
How much does this cost the taxpayers? I hope our lawmakers have something
better to worry about. Love or hate Sloan, I don't think this is what Margaret
Dayton was elected to do.
We need to accentuate the good, the positive in our increasingly negative
society, becuse only that will bring us together constructively, Therefore it
is good to honor men who seek to to good, I wish they had mentioned Johnson's
other accomplishments, such as once being himself Coach of the Year, (Kansas
City Kings--now Sacramento), and he coached at Weber State, leading the team to
national attention and a great season. To both coaches, thank you, and have a
If I could get Jerry's image imprinted on the Utah Beehive as the state symbol
for industry, that would be terrific
Jerry looks relaxed. Two weeks of no stress has helped out. That's why we all
need a vacation.
@AnotherUtahImport- there are always things to worry about, but I have no
problem with our law makers taking time out to pay tribute to men who have done
so much for the state of Utah. You may or may not be a basketball fan, but the
Jazz are a huge part of the state and bring comfort and joy to many of the
citizens. I have been in senior homes and hospitals where patients find comfort
in the Jazz. I completely disagree with you. Sloan and Johnson
deserve this and it was time well spent.
In regards to AnotherUtahImport: I completely agree with JFFR's reasoning. Even
if you want to obsess about the value of every last cent, the state of Utah (and
its taxpayers) still come out way ahead. The income tax alone that these two
coaches paid up in Utah far outweighs the miniscule cost of the legislature
honoring them. In addition, wthout someone of Sloan's calibre as coach, I doubt
the Millers would have been able or willing to hang on to the franchise, which
means that to be totally fair, we ought to consider the taxes generrated by the
Jazz players these past 23 years. Then, consider the economic boost Utah has
received from hosting a winning franchise . . . Yes, I think we were all well
"paid" by the Jerry Sloan & Phil Johnson legacy. And I haven't
even mentioned their contributions to morale or as amazing role models. Utah
exists as a more honorable state in this country because of these men's
willingness to live and work here.
Sloan really does deserve it, so does Johnson. Old school, smart, professional
tough guys like this are hard to find. I wish them well and many days of
drinking some apple cider on their back porch chatting about the Big O, the loopy Greg Ostertag and that famous Utah cop Olden Polynice.
@JFFR Your right, Sloan did do a lot for the people of this state, and he was
paid well to do it. Our state leaders are paid to do another type of job, and
to me, that job doesn't include putting people who made millions of dollars on
some sort of pedistal. My mother loved to watch the Jazz, they brought her a
lot joy. But at this time in our state and in our country, our elected leaders
need to lead and inspire us, and begin fixing some of the messes they have
created. Better yet, maybe they could be inspired by Jerry and bow out
gracefully before they get thrown out.
@anotherimport- even the legislature has moments of slowdown due to bills going
through the process review and committee approvals and denials- better honoring
a Utah Icon than playing AngryBirds or working on their Fantasy team- Jerry and
Phil deserve all the love we can give
OF course tehy DON'T deserve, they are just coaches in a GAME, they
are not important, nor have they done anything important, this
is just sycophant worhsip of rich people in sports and entertainment at its
Cool. Both are outstanding men.
it's amazing that people would go read an article just so they can say negative
things. i never go to lakers blogs or websites because i hate them. but also
because i know lakers fans go there to bask in the glory of their team, to enjoy
their accomplishments, etc. why would anybody spoil that? and here, we're just
enjoying reading some nice tributes to some honorable men. can't we enjoy it
without negative comments from people who don't have anything good to say?
Legends! Thanks for all the years of work and making this franchise win. Wheres Todd From Santa Ana? Have not heard a peep out of him since Sloan
retired. I have been enjoying hearing from everybody else once in a while
instead of fire Sloan on nearly every post.
Great job for bringing these men back. Sometimes the thanks are as important as
was the job.
Congratulations to Johnson and Sloan. Ahhh now!!! How's the budget
coming along State Representatives and Senators???Maybe there should
be more time spent on the business at hand. Just a quick note to
Governor Herbert. Veto HB 477
might have been a waste of tax payers mony but what would they have been doing
if not that. mostly all they do is take hard working people's money and waste
it. same as sports , take hard peoples money and waste it millions of dollars to
players who would probley be working at micky d's if they wernt playing baskett
Jerry is one the great stories in pro sports. I think the Miller family needs to
be congratulated for sticking with Jerry for so long and really the whole thing
is what pro sports (and college) ought to be about. Great job Jerry and Phil.
Good men. Good coaches.
The Jazz & Miller family have directly & indirectly given a fortune in
tax dollars to the State of Utah. Compared to the public money extorted by most
other fraanchises, Yankees & Cowboys being the most recent examples, the
Jazz are innocent lambs. The Jazz were purchased & ESA built almost
entirely out of LHM's pocket.I agree celebrities are over-worshipped
in this country and that the Utah Legislature is terrible, but this is harmless
as a kitten. Prolly took an hour tops. Kept 'em away from sticking their
bluenoses into our bedrooms & wallets again, if nothing else.Sloan & Johnson did for a living what Nature designed them to do, and at
least they never took it for granted, which is more than most of their
co-workers can say.
Coach Sloan and Johnson, please come back, as Jazz players!!!