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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 4:55 pm
Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a contract extension through next season. Posted by Ben Golliver. jerry-sloan

If LeBron James is the face of the new NBA, then surely Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is surely the standard bearer for the old guard, a no-nonsense, straight-talking, eat-dinner-in-the-media-room, by-the-book man who has refused to cede much, if any, ground as the game has evolved over the last few decades. 

So set in his ways, the 68-year-old Sloan would border on being a caricature if he wasn't so pristinely authentic, not to mention intimidating.'s report on Monday that Sloan has inked a contract extension for next season but sat on the news for weeks just adds to the man, the myth, the legend.  
“I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said after shootaround at Arco Arena in preparation for tonight’s game against the Kings. “That’s been since, maybe, around the first of the year. I don’t remember what the date was on it. I never pay any attention to it. They offered it to me and I signed it.”
“I didn’t need an announcement,” Sloan said. “Hell, it’s not a big deal to me. And I don’t know what it does. Either one of us can go the opposite direction. I’ve been around long enough and they’ve been around long enough to know if they want to get rid of me, that’s all they have to do.”
Call that the Un-Decision. He delivers the news as if he's getting his teeth pulled rather than kicking off a summer-long party tour.  

Since 1988-1989, Sloan has patrolled the sidelines for the Jazz, overseeing the John Stockton / Karl Malone era and a relatively smooth segueway into the Deron Williams era. With the exception of one year -- 2004-2005 -- Sloan has had his small-market, financially-prudent clug above .500 every single season. That's an amazing feat, a poor man's NBA coaching equivalent of a Cal Ripken Jr. type of accomplishment. 

Sloan rightfully took his place in the NBA's Hall of Fame in 2009 and, perhaps most remarkably, hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:26 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

Jerry Slaon is great, it took everything Micheal and the Bull's had to beat them not once but twice in the finals.  If he had won one of those you would all be licking his sack.  He will not win in the forseable future because he does not have two of the ten best players in the league.  He may have one, borderline at best, but it isn't happening with only him.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:55 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

One of the best coaches in the history of sport. It is to bad he is not more recognized for his accomplishments and the way his teams play. Maybe when he hangs em up he will get his due.

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:42 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

Utah has basically had greatest and lowest moments with Sloan during the 23 year span, but I think it's time this franchise changes directions.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:52 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

I like the Jazz but they wont win a title with Sloan. He is good but they need to take a risk now its been to long.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:58 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

The fact that the Jazz have been consistently "good" (not great) over the past many years is nothing short of a miracle, or rather, is nothing short of a measure of how good Coach Sloan is.  If you were at the top end of NBA talent, tell me, would you come to Utah?  The fact that the Jazz have maximized the potential of their sub-par talent over the years (with the exception of Stockton, Malone, and Williams, of course) in the boonies of Utah is due to Sloan - despite being perhaps old-fashioned and set in his ways.  If it weren't for Michael Jordan, the he'd have at least one title to show for it.
It'll be a sad day for us Jazz fans when Sloan leaves (or retires).  Watch for the Jazz to fade to complete obscurity and possibly lose their franchise after that...

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