Posted by: Fan on September 19th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
A new favorite quote of mine is from a very familiar and well-spoken source who knows what he is talking about. It is concerning the possibility of missing part of all of the NBA season this year ”I’ve always hated to see it. It’s difficult enough for an organization to cultivate fans. And now you put [fans] in a position of not wanting to go to the games, maybe, because of what’s going on. That has always concerned me because nobody is going anywhere without fans. … That’s the thing that I hope isn’t overlooked. I hope we don’t lose any fans.”
This quote is from ex-Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan (just the title ex-Utah Jazz coach) brings tears to my eyes. Is is part of an excellent two-part article by Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune
The quote at the end of the article seemed most revealing to me ,
“The camaraderie we had with the players and coaches all those years was special and now, all of a sudden, it stops,” he said. “There’s a void there, no question about that. But do I miss it that much? I’d say, ‘Not really.’ But we’ll see.”
Even Jerry’s wife Tammyand his best friend thinks there is a chance Jerry will get back into coaching. So what do you think? How would you feel about watching a team Jerry was involved with besides the Jazz? I understand that professional basketball is essentially a business (nothing reinforces that like the current lock-out situation), but after watching the Jazz play for so many years with the same players and coaches, I easily became attached to them, and as hard as it is for me to watch former Jazz players play on other teams, it would be heart-wrenching to watch Jerry Sloan coach any other team.
Can you even imagine how it would have been if John Stockton had played for San Antonio after he left the Jazz?
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