Posted by: Joey Parker on February 11th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I take Jerry Sloan at his word. He doesn’t have the energy to do this anymore. I also take Deron Williams at his word. He didn’t ask the Jazz to get rid of Jerry. After watching the press conference, listening to former players (including John Stockton and Charles Barkley), and then trying to put the pieces together, I have come up with this simple 3-part explanation of why I think Jerry left:
1. Players and coaches argue, have rifts, yell at each from time to time, and don’t always like each other. John Stockton mentioned it in this ESPN interview: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6110449. Charles Barkley mentioned it on Inside the NBA last night as well. Jerry mentioned it in interviews after the press conference. He had had disagreements with many players over the years.
2. Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams had an argument at halftime of the Jazz-Bulls game. Both people basically admit that, but both also said that it wasn’t anything particularly out of the ordinary.
3. Jerry does not have the energy to deal with coaching anymore. Coaching has always included, and will always include, arguments with players. This is likely one of the most stressful parts of the job.
So what do those facts mean? Yes, there was an argument with Deron, but that does not mean Deron did anything “wrong” or that he “forced Jerry to resign”. Nothing had drastically changed with how things worked as the coach of the Utah Jazz. Things happens, people argue, etc. It’s just that at this stage of his life, Jerry doesn’t want to to have to deal with that stuff. It’s the old “I’m too old for this s**t!” situation.
That being said, I also do not think one more argument with Deron is what drove Jerry to quit. This has been a very rough season. There are many new players. The players aren’t running the offense very well. The players aren’t playing defense very well. We are in the middle of a period where we can’t win games we need to win. All of that stuff, plus the normal parts of being a coach, including the arguments, are things that Jerry is too tired to deal with.
I’m happy for Jerry Sloan. He gets to retire with plenty of time left to drive around his tractors and to spend his millions of dollars. Pretty decent retirement, if you like tractors.
I’m also excited for the Utah Jazz. It’s really sad to see Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson leave, but it is exciting to see how the Jazz will perform under a new coaching staff. I was 8 years old when Frank Layden stepped down, so I really don’t remember the Jazz with any other coach then Jerry Sloan. Tonight’s game vs. Phoenix will be a surreal experience.
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