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If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 7:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young

News of Jerry Sloan's resignation is about as shocking a thing as you can expect on your regular February Thursday in the NBA. It came just a week after Sloan had reportedly signed a one-year extension and as the longest tenured coach in American professional sports, everyone was left asking one question.


According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sloan had "lost the team." One source described the situation as Deron Williams only staying if Sloan stepped down. Everything down to playing time, Sloan's famous "flex" system and rotations alienated key Jazz players.

Yahoo! Sports reports the two clashed in a big way at halftime of the Bulls' game Wednesday. “He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source said. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”

Marc Stein of added to the pile, tweeting : "Two sources say Wednesday's tension started when DWill ran different play than play called on sideline by Sloan, leading to halftime blowup."


Williams is a free agent in 2012 and has always been a very strong-willed player. Williams and Sloan had always gotten along, but the relationship has certainly been rocky. The feeling, according to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, is that Williams wasn't staying past next season if Sloan was still there.

But Deron Williams didn't just push out a coach, he pushed out Jerry Sloan. He pushed out the coach that had patrolled the sideline for 23 years. He pushed out a Hall of Famer, a coach with more than 1,200 wins and one of the all-time great. Not exactly something you want on your resume when you're looking for that max contract as a free agent.

So the front office may have made this move in order to salvage its chance to keep Williams. But the question is, how in the world does Williams stay if his legacy is pushing out Jerry Sloan? How can he possibly re-assert himself as the face of the franchise if he's the one credited with pushing the franchise's most legendary figure out the door?

Al Jefferson was brought in to replace Carlos Boozer and had performed well at times, but often looked uncomfortable. But really, who's fault is that? Sloan's, or the person that assembled the team? I mean, Sloan has been there for 23 years. I'm pretty sure we know how he's running the team. So it's not on him to bring in players that fit in right. It's up to players to adapt to the system and for the front office to put together a group that works well in it.

If Jerry Sloan "lost the team," I just find that ridiculous. Yes, the Jazz have been struggling. They're 31-23 and second in the Northwest. But they had high hopes this season with the offseason addition of Jefferson. Then again, this is a team that was losing Boozer, sharpshooter Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer, who all played key parts in the team last season.

And on top of that, the star Williams, wasn't playing nice with Sloan. All of that was a recipe for disaster. Evidently Sloan had enough. By all appearances management was siding with the players here so backed into a corner, Jerry Sloan just handed in his papers.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:30 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

This is very shady reporting.  Speculation, rumors, and inuendo.  Nothing more.  Write a least there will be no misleading us.  Please get your FACTS first...then report!

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:08 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Even if Williams stays (why would he, really), they are still looking up at 4 teams in the West.  Side with the player, watch him walk in a year.  Good plan.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:02 am

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

Unfortunately, this trend seems to becoming ever more common. I understand the logic behind letting the players run the team, but it isn't wise. I see a parallel in letting players manage the team to permitting students to run the classroom. It makes sense, but an honest reflection of the situation and one will realize it is far more counter-productive than productive.
Farewell Coach Sloan. I hope one day the league and nation will wake the f**k up.

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:36 am

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

you dont get it! this is why all these leagues are going downhill. fans are turned off by this attitude and open your eyes, teams that put up with this crap never ever win! wake up, you are a fool

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:54 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

how 'bout a role in the next JACKASS movie.  good thing sloan was the coach now and not the player he was then.  sloan would have kicked williams back in the day.  these players today need a reality check.  i hope williams (i refuse to use dwill, what a stupid nickname) ends up somewhere like the seattle.  no team, who cares.  this guy doesn't deserve to be in the NBA.  go to hell williams.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:05 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I think everyone is pissed at the wrong person here. Although I don't commend what Dwill said or done. The person we need to be more pissed off at is O'Conner. Just for the fact that he backed a player instead of the head coach. And not just any coach This was Jerry Sloan the head coach who made this organization what it is today. Dwill will get his coming tomorrow night when he laces them up and has to face 20 thousand pissed off fans. Really backs my theory on who really runs the team the players or the coaches.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:36 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I hope they lock these a-holes out.  Nobody cares about the nba, this is what is worong when the inmates run the prison.  Football and basketyball and baseball...Broke, they need to be fixed, its a privelege not a right. Simple.  Look at Young in texas 19million and hes not happy cause they might trade them, go cry to the world if your boss lays ya off nobody would care.  They dont get it....

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:49 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

I didn't know the NBA was still in operation.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:16 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

When someone's been running the show their way for 23 years, and they're basically told that this will no longer be the case, what would you expect them to do? I would expect them to say fine, have fun doing it your way. Without me. So in that sense, it's not a surprise. But that things came to this, with Jerry Sloan and the Jazz no less, isn't just a surprise. It's astounding. 
I hate that Sloan is leaving like this. I hate it for him, and I hate it for the fans in Salt Lake. The whole thing just flat sucks.

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:10 pm

If Williams forced out Sloan how can he stay now?

if williams did indeed push out sloan then he is a dumbass you know what and his career will go downhill from here

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