Posted by: Chad Phillips on November 29th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Is this Jerry Sloan’s year to win the coveted (uh-hem) Coach of the Year award? I hope not. Why? Because Jerry Sloan would just as soon cuss out a referee as win that over-rated pink slip.
The Coach of the Year award should be renamed to “The nobody on Earth thinks you will ever have a semi-successful season again Award,” or to the “Since we can’t give your superstar two MVP awards I guess you can have this.”
If Sloan did win the award he would then have his name etched in history next to the previous six winners of Coach of the Year who aren’t even qualified to shine his shoes. What happened to the previous six winners? Mike D’Antoni (FIRED), Avery Johnson (FIRED), Sam Mitchell (FIRED), Byron Scott (FIRED), Mike Brown (FIRED), and Scott Brooks (Not Yet Fired).
The formula for winning COTY is pretty similar to my wife having a successful Valentines Day … keep the expectations low … I mean really low. If the Nets win 14 games this season Avery Johnson will likely win another Coach of the Year award.
They don’t give awards to guys like Jerry Sloan. They give awards to marshmallows who want to win awards … who want to be acknowledged. Jerry Sloan doesn’t want to be acknowledged … he wants to sit in the back of the room and and then tough guy shoulder you as he leaves.
Jerry Sloan is the coach who, know matter how special you may be, he reminds you that still aren’t that special. Look at John Stockton, undeniably the greatest point guard to ever play the game, and after playing for Jerry Sloan for 19 seasons he looks like he has self esteem issues!
Jerry Sloan is the maker of men … too bad they don’t make an award for that.
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