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If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 7:54 pm
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Posted by Royce Young



News of Jerry Sloan's resignation is about as shocking a thing as you can expect on your regular February Thursday in the NBA. It came just a week after Sloan had reportedly signed a one-year extension and as the longest tenured coach in American professional sports, everyone was left asking one question.

Why?

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sloan had "lost the team." One source described the situation as Deron Williams only staying if Sloan stepped down. Everything down to playing time, Sloan's famous "flex" system and rotations alienated key Jazz players.

Yahoo! Sports reports the two clashed in a big way at halftime of the Bulls' game Wednesday. “He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source said. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”

Marc Stein of ESPN.com added to the pile, tweeting : "Two sources say Wednesday's tension started when DWill ran different play than play called on sideline by Sloan, leading to halftime blowup."

Whoa.

Williams is a free agent in 2012 and has always been a very strong-willed player. Williams and Sloan had always gotten along, but the relationship has certainly been rocky. The feeling, according to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, is that Williams wasn't staying past next season if Sloan was still there.

But Deron Williams didn't just push out a coach, he pushed out Jerry Sloan. He pushed out the coach that had patrolled the sideline for 23 years. He pushed out a Hall of Famer, a coach with more than 1,200 wins and one of the all-time great. Not exactly something you want on your resume when you're looking for that max contract as a free agent.

So the front office may have made this move in order to salvage its chance to keep Williams. But the question is, how in the world does Williams stay if his legacy is pushing out Jerry Sloan? How can he possibly re-assert himself as the face of the franchise if he's the one credited with pushing the franchise's most legendary figure out the door?

Al Jefferson was brought in to replace Carlos Boozer and had performed well at times, but often looked uncomfortable. But really, who's fault is that? Sloan's, or the person that assembled the team? I mean, Sloan has been there for 23 years. I'm pretty sure we know how he's running the team. So it's not on him to bring in players that fit in right. It's up to players to adapt to the system and for the front office to put together a group that works well in it.

If Jerry Sloan "lost the team," I just find that ridiculous. Yes, the Jazz have been struggling. They're 31-23 and second in the Northwest. But they had high hopes this season with the offseason addition of Jefferson. Then again, this is a team that was losing Boozer, sharpshooter Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer, who all played key parts in the team last season.

And on top of that, the star Williams, wasn't playing nice with Sloan. All of that was a recipe for disaster. Evidently Sloan had enough. By all appearances management was siding with the players here so backed into a corner, Jerry Sloan just handed in his papers.
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Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:14 pm
 

J Sloan understood what the word "TEAM" means

So here is how we can help our beloved basketball ...  Fill the seats when the players go on strike after the new CBA and they are replaced with "Scabs". Players who love to play the game, the way the game is suppose to be played - AS A TEAM.  No individuals, solid fundamentals and heart.  Where each player receives the same treatment from the officials and coaches.  That's all Sloan stud for.  As a Nuggets fan, I will truly miss one of our greatest rivals.  Farewell Mr. Sloan, enjoy the farm.
Peace.


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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:11 pm
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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:03 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I always thought there were 3 certain things in life - death, taxes, and Jerry Sloan patrolling the sidelines in Salt Lake.

This is truly unbelievable.  And a sad day for the NBA.  This will only turn off more "lukewarm" fans than today's players already have.

Thank god we have college baskteball to watch.




Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:55 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Kyle Korver played a key part? Was the only game that you watched last season the Cavs vs Jazz game? Don't get me wrong, he looked great on the bench for half the season injured, but "key part"? Also, copy-paste what you write into Microsoft Word before posting it, holy crap...



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:31 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Typical NBA...inmates running the asylum. This league is headed downhill fast, give me a league where someone listens to the freakin coach and is team first and get rid of this crappy league full of cry baby, spoiled, over-indulged, over-egoed, brats. Thanks for all you've done David Stern, the NBA isn't worth my time or my money.



Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:28 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Another sad episode in the NBA debacle of late where "star" players control the teams, the coaches, and the game with their egos and demands.  Sloan is a class act and like Pop in San Antonio has always gotten more out of the team than the sum of the pieces. Next up will be Williams' demands as a free agent.  Must be an interesting locker room when the reason for losing is "always someone else's fault".  Maybe Williams can match up with the nutball owner in Cleveland?



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:21 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I don't get how Sloan could lose the team either.  It's his team, not Deron Williams'.

Well, now the Jazz are headed into the toilet.  Doesn't bother me much.  Sloan getting screwed over like this bothers me, though.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:14 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

 This day will go down as the Utah Jazz not only having lost a great coach, but many many fans who no longer want to watch a team of individuals like Deron Williams.
Ironically, Williams lost the game with two crucial turnovers in the last two minutes last night.
Sloan's resignation is a sad indictment as to the current state of the NBA.  We will miss you, Jerry.

No doubt! This is what the NBA is turning into! Look at it! Its turning into a joke!

We will definetely miss you Jerry!!




Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:04 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I have been an avid Jazz fan as long as anyone could possibly be, growing up in the New Orleans area and then moving to Utah about the same time the team came to Salt Lake City.  I've always believed that the Jazz have been able to keep their team from being taken over by the punk players.  Well, there goes the last great stalwart defender, Jerry Sloan.  
I lament the fact that without Coach Sloan, the Utah Jazz will now go the way of many other teams.    This day will go down as the Utah Jazz not only having lost a great coach, but many many fans who no longer want to watch a team of individuals like Deron Williams.
Ironically, Williams lost the game with two crucial turnovers in the last two minutes last night.
Sloan's resignation is a sad indictment as to the current state of the NBA.  We will miss you, Jerry.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:02 pm
 

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Wow. If the blow-up was at half time that confirmed it for Sloan... makes you wonder if at the end of the game he said to Deron "fine you think you can do better? let's see". After which Deron Williams promptly has 2 key turnovers (a steal by the much-better-PG Derrick Rose, and one by former teammate Ronnie Brewer who read him like a book).

Advantage: Sloan. (and D-Rose haha)


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