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Karl Malone tees off a bit about Jerry Sloan

Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:08 am
Edited on: February 12, 2011 12:09 am
Posted by Royce Young

Everyone was a bit confused when Jerry Sloan abruptly turned his resignation Thursday. After 23 years at the helm of the Utah Jazz, something just seemed... off.

Fans and media weren't the only ones to feel that way. One of Sloan's most legendary players felt it too. Karl Malone was in Utah and spoke with reporters about Sloan's resignation, via the Salt Lake Tribune.

Malone's money quote: "I will say this: I know my coach. I know my coach. And I know my assistant coach. And I know all these coaches. The coach I know and the man I know have never quit or resigned in anything. That's what I want to say."

When pressed on it, Malone said, "What I said is what I said. I know Jerry Sloan. And the people that know him the closest know that man would never resign or quit if you want to, on nothing. I don't care what it is."

What that necessarily means is up to interpretation. But it's not hard to read between the lines there. Malone is pushing forward the idea that Sloan didn't necessarily make this decision entirely on his own. The Jazz organization wants you to believe nothing was up and that Sloan just got tired. But Malone isn't buying that.

Malone also indicated that he wants to "carry on" Sloan's legacy in terms of coaching. So The Mailman wants to coach at some point. Whether that means professionally or at a different level, that's pretty interesting.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 5:36 pm

Karl Malone tees off a bit about Jerry Sloan

With the inmates running the aslyum what more can you expect from a coach that is ole skool. There is management, then the head coach other coaches and support staff, followed by the players.

When things are no longer in the order to be successful them there will be failure.

I don’t think there is any one thing that would cause Sloan to resign, however there were things that mounted up over a period of time that eventually he had seen and had enough, therefore the only avenue for him was to leave the organization.

Players are defying coaches with management backing them as oppose to backing the coaches. There is another player waiting in the wings to take a spot on any sport team and sport played.

When Michael Jordan retired there were those that said there would never be another,  however, each day Kobe and Prince James are compared to him. Just last year and showing loads of promise is Griffen of the Clippers, you might also look at Rose of the Bulls, therefore the talent will always be there and in some instances better than what the team have currently.

Yet those in management appear to be blind to this fact.

How many times do you get a Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Riley coaches of this era and if you look back at the great coaches of other eras, there are about 2-3. Sloan fit into this as one of the greatest of all coaches.

How many great players or players that are winners, you would have about 5-10 that are elite,15-20 that are way above average, then you would have those journey men that round out the team roster.    

 It is a sad day  in sports when a coach of Jerry Sloan statue can be ran out of  the coaching ranks by someone that can not even carry his strap he wear as prevention.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:28 pm

Karl Malone tees off a bit about Jerry Sloan

It does not take a genus to figure out that Sloan was forced out. Sloan and alot of other good coaches just don't quit in mid season simply because they are "tired". This sends the wrong message to the players. But as we have seen numerous times. Owners of sports teams panic when people try to lure their "young" coaching talent away from them. That's why the Jazz kicked Sloan to the curb (I never thought I'd use this phrase, but considering the situation it could not be more appropriate) and promoted his 50-something long time assistant. Just like numerous examples before them this one will come back to haunt the Jazz.

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