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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
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

All pro sports have been ruined by these cry baby it's all about me assholes! Sorry to see you leave Jerry.



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Sloan to the Heat?

While, that would be a HUGE pick up for the Heat...i really dont see Sloan going there.  I am pretty sure he has decided to call it quits bc of the modern day NBA pre-madonna-crybaby. 

We have all read the articles of Deron Williams and how he probably wants out to go to a team that is a "contender".

They lost Boozer, Korver, and Brewer all last season to Chicago...and they just got beat by Chicago.  Sloan probably knew that Williams would soon follow....for "a ring".  Bullcrap.


If that happens, that is 4 key players that all bailed bc "they want a ring" within a season or two.  They all wanted to play in bigger markets.  And I HIIIIIIGHLY doubt he would want to go to the Poster Boy of the modern day NBA pre-madonna's team - yes, Lebron James and the Heat.  He may not have been the first, but he is by far the most impactful of this new fad of NBA players having WAY too much say in what goes on. 

Sloan wont go to the Heat...if anything, he may have just put him self in the best seat in the house to take over for the Lakers (assuming Phil Jackson still retires as he said he would win or lose at the end of this season).



Salute to you Jerry and Phil...you guys are a class act.




PS - Is it only me that sees the HUGE typo in this article.  Doesnt anyone proof read anymore?



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Heard that he and their GM got into a huge shouting match after their last game for all to see and hear.  Friction.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I'm a bit confused by Sloan's timing.  The Jazz are 6th in the West and have young talent.  Deron is a baller and the team is consistant.  The Jazz will be a tough out come playoff time and really would've been dangerous had they kept Korver.  There had to have been some interal turmoil brewing for him to step down so quickly.  The NBA world figured this day would come but for an icon like Jerry Sloan this really isn't the proper send off.  For 26 years of loyalty to one team he should ride off into the sunset and do a one-year tour where everybody knows he's retiring then exit with grace, not retire before All-Star weekend with your team fighting for a playoff spot.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Too bad the modern player is so spoiled they don't appreciate playing for one of the best, and running his play at crunch time.  Sloan and the Jazz was one of the best things about the NBA, and showed if the players buy into a coaching philosophy...THEY WILL WIN!  Ty Corbin good luck, but a bit of the NBA died today.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Great coach, well respected will be missed. Jazz was Sloan, will never be the same .



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Wow. I didn't think Sloan would be the type that would quit mid-season. I can't help but wonder what led him to decide it was time to move on- or even if it was his decision. But I admire the Jazz organization for sticking with him for as long as they did, and him for staying with one team.



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:26 pm
 

looks old

He looks like he has aged 10 years this year. 



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Sloan to the Heat? Just a thought. He could finally win that ring.


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