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Jerry Sloan's 23 Year Coaching Career With The Jazz is Over

Post by XxCuZiMaSiAnxX on Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:12 pm

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Jerry Sloan grew up on a farm in McLeansboro, Ill. So he always knew there was a time to take the crops in.
That it came this week instead of last week, today rather than tomorrow, is irrelevant.
"You do it 'til they don't want you anymore," Sloan once said. "Or it stops being fun."
In this case, probably more than a little bit of both.
Maybe it was halftime of Wednesday night's home loss to the Bulls, following a locker room clash with star guard Deron Williams, when Sloan stopped hearing the calliope music inside his head and decided to resign as coach of the Jazz.
Or perhaps it was the week before when he agreed to a one-year contract extension through next season, but cautioned that it didn't necessarily mean he'd be around next season.
After 23 seasons standing, stomping and screaming in front of the Jazz bench, the 68-year-old Sloan was aware of the nearing expiration date stamped on his carton, but it never changed his demeanor or affected his style.
How much has the league, the game, the world changed in the time that he's been stalking those rabid sidelines in Salt Lake City?

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 40 current NBA players were not even born when Sloan succeeded Frank Layden as coach of the Jazz on Dec. 9, 1988 and began carving out a plain-spoken, no-excuses legacy that is not likely to be matched.
"My time is up. It's time to move on," Sloan said through tears at the official news conference. "I thought about it a few days ago. It just seemed like this was the time to do it.
"I only have so much energy left. My energy level dropped off a bit....Let's move forward. That's the only thing I can tell you.
"I've had confrontations with players since I've been in the league, a number of guys. But those things are minor as far as going forward."
What was major is the impact that Sloan had on stabilizing the Utah franchise, establishing the Jazz as a perennial playoff team, and forging a common identity with his bookend superstars Karl Malone and John Stockton. Both are among the greatest players in the history of the game. Both are with Sloan in the Hall of Fame.
More than any of that, both are reflections of his respect for an honest effort.
"It's showing up every day and putting the best into whatever you are doing that tells who you are," Sloan said.
That's the simultaneously majestic and simple description of the Jazz under Sloan: workers.
The durable Malone played in 80 or more games in 17 of the 18 seasons he was with the Jazz. Stockton played in all 82 games in 16 of his 19 NBA seasons.
What all three shared was the empty feeling of having never reached the pinnacle of winning a championship, though coming agonizingly close with back-to-back losses to Michael Jordan and the Bulls in 1997 and 1998.
"Were we disappointed that we didn't win those?" Sloan has said. "Sure, but I didn't feel bad. If you go and play and you put everything into it, there's never any reason to feel bad.
"To me, the toughest part is not the losing. It's coming back after you've lost and seeing who you are then. That's the most critical thing to me. A lot of guys say, 'Oh, well, I tried. It's not quite as important anymore.' I just want to know if you're just gonna work as hard today and tomorrow. That's all I care about. I want to know if you still can pick yourself up and do it again."

For more than two decades, his teams always did.
"People always ask me what's changed over the years," said Sloan's longtime assistant and friend Phil Johnson, who also resigned. "We all evolve. We mature. But the major things have not changed with Jerry. His consistency is probably the key to all of his success.
"The basic philosophy and premise of how we want to play and how we want players to act, both on and off the court, has not changed."
Sloan's was a style that ran up a 1,221-803 career coaching record, making him the third-winningest coach in the NBA as his 23 years on the job with the Jazz made the him the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports. Yet somehow he was never named Coach of the Year.
"Hell, that's the kiss of death," he always chuckled. "They give that to you and then usually fire you a year or two later."
His was a philosophy that was cultivated from seedlings out of that hardscrabble upbringing as one of 10 farm kids raised by a single mother in McLeansboro, who rose at 4:30 a.m. to do his chores, walked 1 ½ miles and then hitch-hiked the rest of the way to school so that he could arrive for 7 a.m. basketball practice.
His was an innate, relentless drive that, early in his rookie NBA season as a player with the Bulls, had him showing up at Chicago Stadium at 4:30 p.m. for a home game, getting his ankles taped and was fully dressed in uniform and sitting at his locker when head coach Dick Motta arrived at the arena. Motta told Sloan to get a hobby.
That drive took him through an 11-year playing career, a stint with the Bulls as head coach that got him fired and then a run of nearly a quarter century in charge of the Jazz, never taking anything for granted.
"I entered every day knowing this could be my last day," Sloan said. "I know that sounds corny. I'm a corny guy.



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Re: Jerry Sloan's 23 Year Coaching Career With The Jazz is Over

Post by Stillatin144 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:21 pm

I cant believe that he resigns because he has beef with deron williams. 23 year career is finished.
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Re: Jerry Sloan's 23 Year Coaching Career With The Jazz is Over

Post by Atown117 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:39 pm

Fuckin D-Will screwing shit up in Utah. I think the Jazz might be better off without Sloan though. There were some assistants that supposedly had good plays but Sloan wouldn't let them run them because he wanted his plays and his system only. Maybe a bresh of fresh air will be what the Jazz need.
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Post by CB069 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:43 pm

It's safe to say that Jerry Sloan's career was probably coming to an end in the next couple of years...but for him to go out like this, three days after signing a 1yr extension?! It's weird to think he won't be sitting on the Jazz's bench anymore...we just witnessed one of the best tenure's of a professional coach come to end yesterday - 23 yrs - that will never happen again in the NBA. Your copy of NBA2k11 just became worth a little more...the last NBA game with Jerry as the Jazz Coach. But the question remains...will he coach in the NBA again?
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Post by XxCuZiMaSiAnxX on Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:47 pm

i doubt he will coach again
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Post by Atown117 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:20 pm

No way he will coach again after those 23 years with the Jazz. It would be wrong to coach anywherelse
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Post by XxCuZiMaSiAnxX on Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:23 pm

hes like 70 now too
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Post by Stillatin144 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:24 pm

yeah he is tooo old. he would not want to coach again. He may go on tv either espn or even tnt as a commentator rather than coaching..
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Post by Atown117 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:50 pm

Yeah I would say if anything he goes on as a commentator.
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Post by XxCuZiMaSiAnxX on Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:01 pm

nah not even as a commentator ... I think he is gonna retire
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Post by Atown117 on Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:41 pm

I don't know I think he would make a mighty fine commentator for the Utah Jazz games. Granted he's probably a little bitter with them right now.
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