Tag:Jerry Sloan
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 3:40 pm

Jerry Sloan to resign, Corbin named acting coach

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.
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Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 4:55 pm

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan signs contract extension

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a contract extension through next season. Posted by Ben Golliver. jerry-sloan

If LeBron James is the face of the new NBA, then surely Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is surely the standard bearer for the old guard, a no-nonsense, straight-talking, eat-dinner-in-the-media-room, by-the-book man who has refused to cede much, if any, ground as the game has evolved over the last few decades. 

So set in his ways, the 68-year-old Sloan would border on being a caricature if he wasn't so pristinely authentic, not to mention intimidating. NBA.com's report on Monday that Sloan has inked a contract extension for next season but sat on the news for weeks just adds to the man, the myth, the legend.  
“I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said after shootaround at Arco Arena in preparation for tonight’s game against the Kings. “That’s been since, maybe, around the first of the year. I don’t remember what the date was on it. I never pay any attention to it. They offered it to me and I signed it.”
“I didn’t need an announcement,” Sloan said. “Hell, it’s not a big deal to me. And I don’t know what it does. Either one of us can go the opposite direction. I’ve been around long enough and they’ve been around long enough to know if they want to get rid of me, that’s all they have to do.”
Call that the Un-Decision. He delivers the news as if he's getting his teeth pulled rather than kicking off a summer-long party tour.  

Since 1988-1989, Sloan has patrolled the sidelines for the Jazz, overseeing the John Stockton / Karl Malone era and a relatively smooth segueway into the Deron Williams era. With the exception of one year -- 2004-2005 -- Sloan has had his small-market, financially-prudent clug above .500 every single season. That's an amazing feat, a poor man's NBA coaching equivalent of a Cal Ripken Jr. type of accomplishment. 

Sloan rightfully took his place in the NBA's Hall of Fame in 2009 and, perhaps most remarkably, hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:00 pm

Jazz G Deron Williams has strained wrist tendon

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams is listed as day-to-day after undergoing an MRI which confirmed that he has a strained wrist tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver. deron-williams

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams has been bothered by a strained wrist, which has kept him out of action since Jan. 26. Williams is set to miss his fourth straight game on Wednesday night, and lingering pain caused the All-Star to undergo an MRI to assess the situation, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The results: Williams does have a strained tendon, and apparently nothing else.
Hand specialist Dr. Steve Huish's evaluation today of Jazz guard Deron Williams' right wrist and a magnetic imaging exam taken of the wrist confirmed that the All-Star has a strained tendon.
Williams, who is not in uniform for a home game tonight against Houston, remains day-to-day. Treatment of his injury will also remain the same.
The Jazz have been in a freefall since since just after the New Year, as the Jazz are 5-9 in their last fourteen games and 2-7 in their last nine games. 

It's a tough time for Williams to be inactive, as the Jazz play six games in the next 10 days. His next opportunity to take the court will come on Friday, when the Jazz visit their division rival, the Denver Nuggets.  In his absence, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan will turn to reserve guards Earl Watson and Ronnie Price.

Williams is averaging 21.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 9.4 assists on the season.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:09 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan raises dough with curse jar

Jazz's new video is comedy gold with Jerry Sloan.
Posted by Matt Moore

I recently asked on Twitter what once coach you would be terrified of screaming at you more than any other. The overwhelming response was Jerry Sloan.  Sloan has a reputation for being able to rip your head off at the drop of a hat.  But what if you could take Sloan's particular brand of conversational approach and make a little dough off of it?  The Jazz wondered just that:

You have to admit. That's pretty funny. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:06 pm

Jazz knock off another East beast, top Hawks

Jazz topple Atlanta for their third road trip against Eastern powerhouse. Posted by Matt Moore

Three road games against three of the top teams in the East. Heat. Magic. Hawks.

Three wins for the Utah Jazz who every day look more and more like a Western Conference contender. Down multiple possessions with under four minutes to go, the Jazz did what they've done consistently this season. Keep coming, take the lead, keep the lead, get the win, this time over the Hawks 90-86 (GameTracker ). Deron Williams at one point scored 11 straight points for the Jazz on his way to 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists. That's how they roll. Of particular note in the first half, Williams crossed over two Hawks, split the lane and jammed it. With time closing in the first quarter, the Hawks freaked out trying to prevent Williams from getting an assist and in doing so, left him wide open at the arc. Kaboom.

Paul Milsap only had 11 and 6, but this was an Al Jefferson night. Jefferson looked very much like he was starting to fit in with the team, especially with Williams on the pick and roll, on his way to 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. His passing was superb, getting it inside to Milsap, and out for mid-range J's.

Despite all that the Hawks led for much of the second half behind an other-worldly performance from Josh Smith. 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks for JSmoove, and he was working it in the post and getting to the line. The Hawks shot 49% from the field and still lost. A tough loss, but that's how the Jazz operate. Silent but deadly, the Beasts of the East, in the Western Conference.

The Jazz have so much movement on their offense and while teams in the past few years may have had more perceived talent, Utah has a set of players that right now are playing tremendously well together. Kyrylo Fesenko had 5 assists. Because that makes sense in this world. You've got to think Jerry Sloan is an early coach of the year candidate. The Jazz finish their road trip tomorrow for their fourth game in five nights against the Bobcats.

Oh, and on November 24th, the Jazz travel to New Orleans. You know, if you're interested.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:51 am

Jazz: Giant killers or smoke and mirrors?

Do wins over the Heat and Magic on a back-to-back road trip make the Jazz giant killers or simply masters of parlor tricks they can't rely on? Survey says: Jazz fans don't care. Posted by Matt Moore

Jazz Giant Killer's Or Lucky Strikes?

You'd think that knocking off two of the best teams in the East, championship contenders both, on back to back nights, on the road, would clear up the angle of who the Jazz are. You'd think that surviving a LeBron James triple-double, a 39 point outburst from Dwyane Wade, and a 20 point night from Vince Carter would give the Jazz an air of invincibility.

But it wouldn't be the Jazz if the didn't leave just the slightest hint of doubt in the minds of neutral observers, enough to plant seeds of skeptical criticism and enabling Jazz fans to rally behind their team as the underrated superstars once again. Meet the New Jazz. Kind of like the Old Jazz. Only kind of better, so far.

The disturbing signs about the Jazz are based on probablities. Losing to the Magic in a close one would have actually seemingly cemented the win over Miami as legitimate, because it wouldn't be seen as a fluke. Instead, the Jazz now have back-to-back road victories on a back-to-back against two of the top 3 teams in the East (common sense, not record-wise). And that just seems improbable. It seems improbable that they survived James' triple-double and Wade's outpouring, that they managed to get Dwight Howard in foul trouble and still overcome Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson having it going. Mostly it seems improbable that they could do all of this after going down by 15+ in each of the two games.

So the question is there.

Is this for real?

The Jazz started off remarkably slow this season, with losses to Denver and Phoenix. But a big Halloween night win over the Thunder seemed to spur them into a wakeup call, and since then they've only lost once in November, and that was to a Golden State team that no longer is an unforgiveable loss. But no one could have seen this coming. Well, except Jerry Sloan. Sloan was his usual self after the game, unmoved by his team's performance. Happy with the win, sure, but he's been around the block too many times to get too worked up, though he made time to praise his point guard. As he should; Deron Williams was simply phenomenal.

Stan Van Gundy called the loss "disturbing" and he should refer to it that way. Not just for the Magic who saw Dwight Howard turn into Clark Kent getting pummeled by the suddenly superhuman Paul Millsap, but for the rest of the league and those that try and make sense of it. Are the Jazz this good? Was this just a fluke, again? Does Utah have something special going on here even in November, or was this just an anomaly on their way to where most predict them, a mid-level playoff seed and a second round exit at the hands of the Lakers again?

Playing from a deficit makes for great blog fodder and warms the hearts of fans, but it's also not a sustainable strategy. Eventually you'll dig a hole you can't climb out of, and when that happens, you'll find yourself regretting you need the shovel at all. But at the same time, the energy, enthusiasm, and burgeoning chemistry can't be denied on a team that managed to make the Magic look meek and the Heat seem sub-zero in the fourth quarters of both games. And so we'll continue to wonder if the Jazz are giant killers or just mosquitoes that managed to catch the goliaths napping long enough to draw blood.

After all, there were plenty of people saying the victory over the Heat Tuesday night was a fluke based on the perimeter prowess of Paul Millsap. Those same people will question how reliable it is to depend on the Magic to surrender 21 turnovers. In both games against the Sunshine Behemoths the Jazz were out-rebounded and faced significant deficits in field goal percentage. And in both games they seemed to go on a near-psychotic rush to pull the game back within reach. Those same people will question if this is a reliable strategy. But at the end of the day it was reliable enough to net them wins over two teams that aren't going to have too many losses come April.

And consider this: the Jazz are still integrating new players, too, and with the rest of their division looking weak early on, the Jazz are giving themselves an opportunity to do something big by winning games they're not supposed to.

But then, that's why we play them, isn't it?
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:37 pm

At the Buzzer: Jazz' Millsap detonates Heat

LeBron James gets a triple-double, Dwyane Wade gets 39, and the Heat are overtaken again as Jazz' Millsap scores 46 in overtaking Miami in overtime.
Posted by Matt Moore

Those in the NBA spheres who were waiting to start the clock on Pat Riley taking the reins of the Miami Heat may have held off after two losses in the first two weeks to two great teams. This will likely get them pushing those buttons if they're going to at all.

The Heat gave up 72 points in the second half after a 20-point lead in the first half to lose in overtime, at home to the Utah Jazz 116-114 . Paul Millsap was ridiculous, scoring 46 points with 9 rebounds while Deron Williams filled it up with 14 assists, as if to say to Chris Paul after his Hornets beat the Heat, "Match!".

The Heat are now 5-3, with three losses in the first three weeks of the season. Not exactly what the Triad was thinking would happen when they rose up from the floor to the excited fans. Oh,and those excited fans? They were nearly in a coma tonight, and tickets still remain for the Boston freaking Celtics' visit to American Airlines on Thursday.

As much as this was to some degree a fluke game, with Millsap draining three 3-pointers (!) for crying out loud, there are no excuses for this team. And the Heat still seem out of sorts, discombobulated, and without a guy they can definitively turn to. Dwyane Wade had 39 points, LeBron James had a triple-double, Chris Bosh had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and they still lost. The one thing that had been helping them in games, their defensive effiiceny, took a tumble as the Jazz simply picked them apart.

For the Jazz, they're finally starting to look like the team they need to be this season. Williams is getting back in the act, and even when Al Jefferson had a terrible night, Millsap more than made up for it.

It was recently reported that the Utah Jazz would start extension talks with Jerry Sloan. You have a feeling Erik Spoelstra will not be having the same conversations any time soon.

The temperature rises.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:03 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:02 pm

Jerry Sloan unimpressed by Jazz's 8-0 preseason

The Utah Jazz finish the preseason undefeated and coach Jerry Sloan still isn't satisfied. Posted by Ben Golliverjerry-sloan We give you gruesome injury photos . Luxury car photos. Goofy Adam Morrison photos. All in the name of entertainment and distraction. But these are cheap tricks when compared to Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, whose single-minded devotion to achieving perfect basketball play is as entertaining as the NBA gets for die-hard hoops fans.  To recap, the Utah Jazz completed a perfect 8-0 preseason tonight, holding the Sacramento Kings to just 71 points (only 13 in the fourth quarter!). The Jazz's average margin of victory was 8.125 points per game during the exhibition season, and they beat division rival Portland twice, the Los Angeles Lakers (the league's best team) twice and the Phoenix Suns, a playoff team last year, twice.   This year marks the first time in the illustrious history of the Jazz franchise, and the first of the Sloan era, that the completed the preseason undefeated.  Sloan enjoyed the accomplishment for approximately 0.0 seconds. Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune caught up with Sloan after the game, who looked to manage expectations and criticized his team's work ethic. 
"Teams will take a lot of stuff away from us that they gave us in exhibition season," Sloan said. "That's just the nature of this business. That's why you try not to get too high." Sloan on losing focus: "I don't think we're losing our focus as much as we're losing our ability — we were running harder; running for layups. Now, when the ball goes in the post we're not getting anything out of it. We're not getting any screens or things like that you've got to be able to do if you get in tough ballgames, because you can't always beat somebody one on one."
That enduring perfectionism is what makes Jerry Sloan the NBA's best coach, and it's what will keep him the league's best coach until the day he decides to retire. It's also what makes him so entertaining.  8-0! Take a shot, Jerry, live a little! He never will.
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