Posted by Royce Young
According to the Deseret News, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan will resign at a press conference later today. Along with Sloan, assistant coach Phil Johnson will step down as well.
This comes after the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Sloan was visibly shaken after a tough loss to the Bulls last night. He kept the media waiting an extended time, which is abnormal for Sloan, and just said there would be a press conference today.
Beat reporter Brian T. Smith said calls to general manager Kevin O'Conner have not been returned.
Assistant coach Ty Corbin is expected to take over in Sloan's place, according to Ken Berger.
Sloan of course is the longest tenured coach in professional sports, having coached the Jazz for 23 seasons and that's happened in 2001 after Tom Kelly resigned from the Minnesota Twins. Sloan just signed a one-year extension with the team last week.
As for why, that's up for speculation at this point. Some are already running out this being an effort to keep Deron Williams who will be a free agent soon. Some are saying that Sloan has been at odds with management for a while. In reality, nobody really knows at this point and it's probably just best to wait and see.
Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.