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Jerry Sloan unimpressed by Jazz's 8-0 preseason

Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:03 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:02 pm
The Utah Jazz finish the preseason undefeated and coach Jerry Sloan still isn't satisfied. Posted by Ben Golliverjerry-sloan We give you gruesome injury photos . Luxury car photos. Goofy Adam Morrison photos. All in the name of entertainment and distraction. But these are cheap tricks when compared to Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, whose single-minded devotion to achieving perfect basketball play is as entertaining as the NBA gets for die-hard hoops fans.  To recap, the Utah Jazz completed a perfect 8-0 preseason tonight, holding the Sacramento Kings to just 71 points (only 13 in the fourth quarter!). The Jazz's average margin of victory was 8.125 points per game during the exhibition season, and they beat division rival Portland twice, the Los Angeles Lakers (the league's best team) twice and the Phoenix Suns, a playoff team last year, twice.   This year marks the first time in the illustrious history of the Jazz franchise, and the first of the Sloan era, that the completed the preseason undefeated.  Sloan enjoyed the accomplishment for approximately 0.0 seconds. Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune caught up with Sloan after the game, who looked to manage expectations and criticized his team's work ethic. 
"Teams will take a lot of stuff away from us that they gave us in exhibition season," Sloan said. "That's just the nature of this business. That's why you try not to get too high." Sloan on losing focus: "I don't think we're losing our focus as much as we're losing our ability — we were running harder; running for layups. Now, when the ball goes in the post we're not getting anything out of it. We're not getting any screens or things like that you've got to be able to do if you get in tough ballgames, because you can't always beat somebody one on one."
That enduring perfectionism is what makes Jerry Sloan the NBA's best coach, and it's what will keep him the league's best coach until the day he decides to retire. It's also what makes him so entertaining.  8-0! Take a shot, Jerry, live a little! He never will.
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Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:51 pm

Jerry Sloan unimpressed by Jazz's 8-0 preseason

Has this guy ever heard of Phil Jackson

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:09 am

Jerry Sloan unimpressed by Jazz's 8-0 preseason

He's a very successful and consistent coach but I don't think he's "the league's best coach, until the day he decides to retire."  One of his flaws has been being too hard on players and his comments in this circumstance demonstrate that longstanding shortcoming.

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