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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: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I'm sure you work hard at what you and you're probably good at it. So, don't worry about what a knucklehead has to say about your grammar.  Stay positive and keep expressing yourself like a true fan of a sport or sports in general.  I hope to see your posts in the future.



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz




Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz




Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

great bulls player and fantastic coach



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

It's a shame that the players have so much control of the sport. Most of them are immature, spoiled brats who lack understanding of discipline, dignity and fundamentals. They've mastered the school yard game, not the real sport. Yet, these clowns think they know more than a pro like Sloan. It's pathetic.

Jerry Sloan has class. He could have taken the money and said nothing. Instead he went out on his terms. Why stay if ownership and management  don't back him and allow players to disrespect him on and off-the-court? Deron Williams? I mean honestly, Deron Williams? When it's all said and done, no one remember him, but Sloan's legacy will endure.



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

man you hit it right on the head, takes me back reading your blog holy moly...you have some history there. Vey interesting post and Blog thanks Johnny. WE LOVE OUR JAZZ.



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Really? You're so bored that you correct a stranger's grammar online?



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

sorry bro, but i work, i don't sit on the bench or in the ac.
i work really hard (not like nba players) so when i get the time i will check my grammer. the post is about a good coach getting by rich kid's in the nba. so in my haste i didn't check my grammer my bad but how do you think the coach feal's.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

word!!!!!!!!! i love your post it's the truth...............




Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Right on.  Exactly why I said they're great athletes but poor basketball players.  Yes, there are some really good players in the league but most of them never make it past being a great athlete IMO.  Some learn along the way that you can't just be a great athlete to be a great NBA player, the vast majority however don't.  In a lot of cases it's almost a regression, which is what I think really annoys me.  I'm assuming at some point in their lives they actually had to 'play' the game by the rules and play defense and be able to function as part of a team.  I guess that goes out the window shortly after you make it to the NBA.  

Maybe its the fact that they're so freakishly athletic that they've never REALLY had to learn how to do those things along the way and then when they're up against guys that are all as athletic as they are it becomes more obvious?  I'm not really sure but whatever it is the product is poor.  I'd much rather watch a good highschool game than an NBA championship game. 


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