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Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 5:46 pm
Jerry Sloan resigned as head coach of the Utah Jazz on Thursday during a press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Jerry Sloan, long-time head coach of the Utah Jazz, announced his resignation on Thursday during a press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center.

Sloan was introduced by Jazz president Randy Rigby, who stated that he had accepted Sloan's resignation. Sloan then delivered his thoughts, in a short statement, saying, "today is a new day, I get this over with, I know I'm going to feel much better. My time is up. It's time for me to move on."

"Today, the Utah Jazz has accepted the resignation of Jerry Sloan as head basketball coach and Phil Johnson as the first assistant," Rigby began. "Though two basketball legends step down today, their passion, character and work ethic will forever remain the foundation of this organization. Jerry, Phil, the greatest compliment that we can give is that you gave us your best. You made us a better team, a better organization and a better community. We express our love and appreciation to Jerry and Tammy, Phil and Ann. You will forever be a part of us." 

Sloan started his comments with an admission: "It's a little bit tougher than I thought it would be."

He continued: "I would like to say thanks to a lot of people. Number one, going back to when I first came here, Sam Battistone was the owner of the team, Frank Layden was the coach, and I'd like to thank them for bringing me in here, primarily because Phil Johnson recommended me for a job. And then the Miller family bought the Utah Jazz and then the Miller family bought the Utah Jazz. I worked with Frank and Frank stepped down. I always say this: I could still be Frank's assistant coach until today. 

"I've been fortunate to have terrific people to work with, my coaching staff, all the coaches that have worked with us, the fans and this organization have been second to none. We lose 56 games and we still have a tremendous crowd come watching our team. Players, had terrific players, fortunate to have great players to coach and have an opportunty to compete. I think I've been blessed being here for the number of years I've been here as a head coach. 

"I will say this: when I took the job as head coach, Kurt Kragthorpe came to me and said, 'good luck.' I said, all I asked is to be fair. The fans have been fair, the reporters have been fair, all the people who have been responsible for me being here have been more than fair and I thank you for that. 26 years to be in one organization and I've been blessed. 

"But today is a new day, I get this over with, I know I'm going to feel much better. My time is up. It's time for me to move on."

Sloan then concluded: "I'd like to thank the Miller family for sticking by me throughout my career as a coach."

Here's video of Rigby's introduction and Sloan's statement.

Category: NBA

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:29 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I've watched Jerry Sloan coach my Jazz since I was 12 years old (I'm 34 now).  I will miss seeing him at the games.  During introductions, he routinely got the 2nd loudest ovation each night.  During the Stockton years, Stockton always got the ovation and recently it has been Williams.  I'm pretty sure thats going to change because of the perception out there that Williams forced out a legend.  I'm not going to defend either party here.  All I know is that Sloan coached for 23 seasons and during that time there were over 200 coaching changes in the NBA.  As good as Sloan is, there does come a time and a place that coaches loose the team.  It happened with Joe Torre and the Yankees, it happened with Jeff Fisher and the Titans, it may have even happened with Bobby Cox and the Braves.  What I'm saying is that maybe Sloan is on the level and it wasn't just one player.  Hell, I've watched every game this year and he just looked tired.  Think of the energy it takes to coach a team and then realize he was doing it at 68 years old and was out on the road all the time.  Its got to wear you down.  I will be attending tonights game and I will be curious to see the kind of reception Williams gets.  Based on his Facebook fan page, it may not be pretty.  If its not, I hope that D Will uses it as motivation to play his @$$ off to win back the fans.  I just hope that the players buy into Tyronne Corbins philosophy which buy the way can't be far off from Sloans since he played for him and has been tutored by him for the last few years.

Either way, I still love my Jazz and loathe the Lakers.

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:11 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I usually do not comment on this type of situation but I am old enough that I have watched Jerry Sloan with Utah since he started. What a class guy. If you watch closely you can see the inconsistant play from Williams. The beat goes on that the high profile player ruins things for a team, for coaches, and for a city. A city, look what James did to Cleveland. For coaches the list is to long to even get started. For a city, cities, players, fans, let me add my most disliked, Anthony. This fellow like James, Williams, and others will continue to make the millions while other peoples lives, cities, fans, and fools keep buying the high priced tickets that make them what they are. I live in a NBA city and they keeping offering deals and long term payment plans. Did they not get it? We just went though the worst recession since the "Great Depression". No they did not the players had no recession. Big salary increases kept going up. Contracts keep getting longer. Well the time in coming for the fans to get back. I hope we have a lock out and I hope that they bring in the replacement players which will be really, really easy for the NBA. Maybe they can even make a movie " Replacements Two". Our team is OK as we have not yet been effected to a large degree by all of this and yes we may make the playoffs. I really feel bad for a beautiful city that I really love, Denver, and the great fans to have to be jerked around by Anthony and like the great Cleveland fans got jerked around with James and now I really feel bad for another great city, Salt Lake, as Williams will jerk them around. Good luck Mr Sloan you are a class act that worked for class owners in a very, very classy city.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 7:23 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Jerry is old school. I can imagine the attitude of todays players wore him down a bit. All the best in retirement Jerry.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:57 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I have been a Jazz fan since the first year of Stockton-Malone. Now, sadly, I have removed Deron Williams from my facebook and the Jazz from my favorite teams menu everywhere I had it listed.  It's not only the end of an era for the Jazz; it is an end of love for many Jazz fans. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:46 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

It defintely ain't going to be the same without Sloan.  He continued the legacy of Frank Layden and then some...I remember Layden's mantra was to cause trouble for the big market teams come playoff time, and to have fun while doing so.  Sloan certainly did that, and broke the rulebook on longevity with one team. 

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:52 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Let me help here.. "prima donnas"  that's what LeJoke is & Darron Williams.
I hope he gets the Lakers Job.  He deserves so much... Huge fan of Sloan's work.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:48 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:29 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Horrible me first attitudes from today's players. Deron goes on my list today of players that don't deserve the privilige they have been fortunate enough to have.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:56 pm

Way to go NBA

Great Coach. Moderate players. Small market. Jerry secretly knows that no matter how perfectly he coaches his team, no matter how good they get (and these guys are just OK), and no matter how much heart his organization has, the NBA and Stern's cronies will NEVER allow a small market like Utah or Sacramento EVER compete for a Championship again. I admire this coach immensely and feel for him as he leaves what was once a great team robbed by poor officiating and the "Jordan rules" in a Finals that belonged to Utah. Look him up in a year and I'll bet he's happier, healthier, and wondering why he tilted against the windmill that is the NBA for so long. Put him in charge of the Celts, Lakers, Heat, Bulls or Knicks and he has a ring within 4 years. See you next season in the broadcast booth Mr. Sloan, where, if I watched the NBA (which I refuse to anymore), I'm sure I'd be awed by the depth of knowledge you'll bring to watchers in the big city markets.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:12 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I commented on another page regarding this fiasco, but I want to say after watching this and thinking... What a punk move. I realize he's frustrated, and there's a very good chance he is doing this in reaction to Deron's punk move last night. I still feel like this is unnecessary, at least if the reasons CBS has given are true. If he's so tough, why can't he handle being disrespected by a hotshot player? I don't believe this is the first time a player has directly disobeyed him in a fit of frustration. Being the professional that I know he is, I don't believe he would react so quickly and rashly to such a minor incident. The Sloan I know would take Williams out of the game, and talk to him in private afterwards. There has to be something deeper going on. something that's been going on for longer than just this game. Maybe Deron has told him that he is definitely going to be leaving at the end of his contract. It pains me to say that, but I can't help but believe that might be it. The Jazz are monumentally screwed if that's the case. If it's not, they probably are anyways because now the blame is all on #8, which will most likely cause him to leave. I am worried about the future of my team. I have grown up watching them, and I really can't imagine sticking with them if they end up being a total garbage team again. This blows

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