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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

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:01 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

These spoiled brats have ruined a once wonderful game to watch.  The vast majority of the game is now dunks or 3 pointers.  If you watch close, you will see that these so called stars can't perform simple fundamentals such as dribbling with both hands or using their left hand for a shot.  Jerry Sloan is old school and that was where the game was taught and now the last one has had enough.  Now it is nothing but a spoiled little rich kids game and if they can't get their way, or don't want to listen, they start crying to their agents or owners.  I'm sick of it.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:55 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

READ my BLOG johnnys tips todays BLOG " OLD SCHOOL BASKETBALL" as a fan of the Jazz ever since they arrived from N.O. to SLC Utah i believe i have some insight to this ,Plaus having watched Coach for all these years ...take a second & Read the Blog.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:17 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

'kid's today don't respect there coaches'  - You mean "their" coaches.

your one of the best - "You're" one of the best.

Geez, dude.  Check your grammar before posting....

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:02 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

it's a sad day. now i know the NBA is full of prima donna. they suck all of them.
he will go down as one of the gratest coaches of all time in any sport. you don't  need gold for that or a title. sorry
jerry sloan that the kid's today don't respect there coaches, because your one of the best... get out sir the NBA not the same game......

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:39 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

There are only a few real coaches left with the departure of Sloan, Pops and Jackson. To be specific, coaches who have a system and the TEAM and organization buys in, unlike the rest of the league that hire coaches who can get along with the PLAYERS and fit organizational needs. There are a few exceptions, namely Doc Rivers, who have gained respect and can be called "Coach", but for the most part, Sloan's resignation signals a new NBA, one that PLAYERS control and COACH.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

I'm baffled about the injection of race into these situations.  Somebody wrote "today's black NBA players"????  All pro athletes today are spoiled brats regardless of their race.  Some people might look different or even act different....but today's players and most people from the new generation are selfish and don't like to be coached.  The shane battier's and tim duncan's are very few and far between.  Oh sorry those guys don't count as today's black nba player's right???  Leave race out of it!! Great run for Sloan!!

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:23 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Daron Williams isn't even black!!  He's more white than he is black.  Haven't you ever seen him play?  I agree with the previous comment regarding good players being allowed to bend the rules.  I'd like to see the Miami Heat play without a head coach or coaching staff and see how they perform.  Coaches exist for a reason.  It takes a lot of experience, expertise, and hard work to prepare any competitors for a competition.  The players can't do it all (practice, train, & perform), work and manage (strategize and lead).  I have heard many times that coaches compliment players for being "coachable".  What that means is that they allow someone to take their talents further than they could on their own, without help.  A "smart" athlete listens to the wisedom of experience and intelligence that most coaches provide.  I am surprised that coach Sloan is retiring mid-season.  It leads me to believe that the organization chose Williams over Sloan in a dispute between the two.  This is a reflection of Daron Williams as a person, not a "black" athlete.  It is an issue of respect for authority losing out to favoritism to a "gifted" individual within an organization.  Sad!  But I do agree that the NBA is a sub-standard product, almost unwatchable.  It is over-regulated and unbalanced in the enforcement of player behavior.  Elite players are pampered in EVER aspect of the game.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:05 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

Well, I'm not a fan of the NBA and I haven't been for a long time.  Quite honestly the NBA game is a joke.  I won't deny that they do have the best athletes in sports, but not the best players or product.  Sad to see Sloan go but everyone has their time and it's good to see he's leaving on his terms (supposedly).  The owners and coaches are responsible for allowing the players to run (ruin) the league.  Coaches have no authority over the players anymore.  Even at the lower levels and I'm talking ll the way down to middle school and high school.  If you are an elite or even good athlete at those levels, all ready schools/organizations will bend the rules for you.  When you've been treated like that your whole life and nobody has the balls to put you in check the NBA is the rusult.  I'm not saying all players have no respect for the game or coaches, but enough that the product in my view is sub-standard and unwatchable.  I will not give any of my hard earned money to this league of overpaid pre madonnas. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:46 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

It is almost an impossible task to coach todays black NBA players.  Sloan was always a "team first" guy.  The problem is that todays NBA is a "me first" league.

This is why college basketball at any level is so much more enjoyable than the NBA.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:52 am

Video: Jerry Sloan resigns as coach of Utah Jazz

If you had asked me to name the coach of the Utah Jazz for $1MM I could not have done it.  It shows how little I pay attention to the league of tattooed thugs.

That said I remember Jerry Sloan from his playing days with the Bulls; great D and could score when needed.  To hear that he has been the coach for all these years is beyond my comprehension.  Hey Jerry, go enjoy yourself; you've earned it!

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