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NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 4:12 pm
Where were you when Michael Jordan retired to go play baseball? When Magic Johnson made his tearful announcement that he was walking away from the game because he'd contracted HIV?

And when the news broke that Jerry Sloan would no longer coach the Utah Jazz?

The NBA changed forever Thursday when Sloan and top assistant Phil Johnson resigned. A person with direct knowledge of the decision confirmed it to after the Deseret News reported the initial bombshell that immediately generated shock and disbelief throughout the NBA. It has been 23 years since someone else has coached the Jazz.

Sloan himself joked at his Hall of Fame enshrinement that it seemed inevitable that he would die coaching. Everyone believed him.

And now this.

The Jazz have officially called a news conference for 3 p.m. MT.

UPDATE: Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin, who has attracted the attention of several teams plotting offseason coaching changes, will be named acting head coach -- with no "interim" tag, sources said. Given that the Jazz have had one coach for nearly a quarter-century, it's hard to imagine them having three in a matter of months -- so it is possible that Corbin could be retained on a more permanent basis at some point. But sources say those conversations have not yet taken place.

The news of Sloan's departure came less than 24 hours after he emergered flustered and late for his postgame media appearance Thursday night after a loss to the Bulls. Sloan had been in a lengthy meeting with general manager Kevin O'Connor, the nature of which neither has divulged.

One thing that is certain: Recent reports that Sloan had just signed a one-year contract extension were erroneous -- or, at best, old news. Several months ago, Sloan had indicated to management and ownership that he intended to return next season. But as has become customary with him, those details wouldn't be finalized until after the season.

Category: NBA

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:17 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Your off dude: None of those coaches coached were they coached ofr 20-plus years, defined two hall of famers careers, and made pro basketball an obession in UTAH FOR CHRISSAKES...oh and in Utah they don't give a damn about "just making the playoffs" they do that every year. They want the World title they can't tantlizingly close to in the 90s and weren't to far off with the Deron-Boozer combo. The fans there are rabid and expect greatness

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:15 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

wow this really makes deron williams look bad. He ignorned the play, and ronnie brewer stole his bad pass, great job deron. im sure you want to head off to la or somewhere other than where you are now. I actually used to like deron but now he comes off as self absorbed.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:21 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Coach Sloan is the epitome of class. Great basketball man, fine gentleman. Spurs fan here, but always with the utmost respect for Jerry Slaon. I know Coach Pop holds him in the highest regard...2 HOF coaches.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:38 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Brother- you have got to be a problem child.  How can you say something so awful about a "gentlemen", and true pioneer of the game?  May something go off in  your peebrain and realize how wrong you are!

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:35 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan


The only punk in here is you. If we use your definition of "dirty" with flopping around and picking fights, you can argue that any winning franchise is dirty.  The NBA is a cutthroat business and that means you need to resort to Machiavellian tactics to win games.  The Bulls did not win 6 titles being a bunch of saints nor did any of the Lakers win any titles being doves.  As for your Rockets, you had guys like Otis Smith, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell, Vernon Maxwell, and Kenny Smith who utilized these same tactics you are accusing the Jazz of using.  At some point, you should grow some common sense and realize that this is winning basketball and there is nothing dirty about it. 

Thankfully, you will never be an expert in basketball because stupidity and whining is just coached right into you.  Grab a pacifier before you really hurt yourself. 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:25 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

It is another sad day that exemplifies where society is moving.  We are losing them all.  Larry Brown, Jerry Sloan and soon to be Phil Jackson and George Karl.  They were all the best but time has passed and we are in a new (not necessarily better) world of NBA basketball and society in general.  A world that players dictate.  Witness Lebron, Carmello, Dwayne, Chris, Amare, Chris, D-Will etc.  If this keeps up, we will have 16 or less teams with all-star caliber players.  Naturally, this would be good for college basketball which would be able to keep their "Stars" for more than one year if they could remain eligible.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:23 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

CoolI always thought that Coach Sloan was the best ever, he never had one of those jacked up teams and still competed with the best of them. God Bless you coach Sloan and the Wizards sure could use you champ.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:12 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Salt Lake is the smallest city in the NBA.  The Jazz organization has been one of the most consistently successful franchises in professional sports in spite of their lack of big-time money, and their obvious demographic challenges.  A large amount of this success can be attributed to Coach Sloan .
We will never know the answer to whether Coach Sloan would have won a title at a big-market city; we DO know that he likely would have coached two NBA champ teams but for Michael Jordan.

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:09 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

Well , obviously Derron Williams is just another punk basetball player. How could he possibly justify not runnin gthe play that was called. I was obviously wrong about him as I thought he was man! not another sissy punk!

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:04 pm

NBA will never be the same without Sloan

My opinion doesn't matter to those outside of Utah but as a Jazz fan this is the saddest day of my life. I like Ty Corbin and I'm glad they did not put the interim tag on him. Anyone in the NBA need a point guard. The Jazz have one for sale.

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