Posted by: Ryan Walker on February 10th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
After spending all morning feeling like nothing is right in the world, i’m trying to remember the last time such a trivial thing as basketball made such an impact in my day. We don’t know all of the facts so i’m going to reserve all of my feelings and thoughts until the facts are gathered. What I do know is that Jazz fans just lost one of the most beloved and successful coaches in the history of SPORTS. His system was tried and tested for over 23 years, and although every year experts and players said that it was too predictable, too old school, blah blah blah….
To quote Scott Van Pelt of ESPN- “Jerry Sloan was all Cake, No Icing. All Substance, No Sizzle.”
In the end it seems as if the organization that stuck by his side for over two decades, was tired of Cake and Substance… I have a feeling they’re going to be pretty hungry for those things in the next couple weeks. Obviously we don’t know what went down exactly but just to get discussion going let’s look at one point of view.
Yahoo Sports Reports-
“After repeated clashes with star point guard Deron Williams(notes) and a belief he had become undermined with ownership, Jerry Sloan resigned as the Utah Jazz coach after 23 seasons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The increasingly contentious relationship between Sloan and Williams boiled over when they clashed at halftime of a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Sloan, 68, had agreed to a one-year contract extension in the past week but his growing frustration became public after a long meeting with Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor following the team’s loss to the Bulls in Salt Lake City.
Sloan’s relationship with Williams had grown progressively worse over the course of the season, league sources said, and the coach had tired of dealing with the team’s best player. The frustration escalated on Wednesday night when Sloan and Williams clashed in the locker room at halftime.
“He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”
One source said Sloan had become tired of Williams “blaming everything on everyone else.” Still, Williams, who can become a free agent in the summer of 2012, has remained the Jazz’s best and most consistent player after the departure of several key teammates. Williams has always had a reputation for wanting to win badly and being a strong leader.
Obviously Deron isn’t THE reason that Jerry Sloan left, but let’s not be so naive as to think that their relationship was healthy or happy. Deron ignored Sloan’s wishes to run certain plays in the game against the Bulls, and i think the disagreement was the final STRAW. Not the reason or even the main reason, because No one could push Jerry Sloan besides Jerry. Now we have an opportunity to move on with our new coach Ty Corbin, and hopefully we all support him and this year’s squad. Deron has the right to have an opinion on all things basketball and to be frank, he knows a lot more than most people. Deron DIDN’T push Sloan out and now we just have to accept that it was Sloan’s wish and remember that life goes on!!!
I’m Speechless. What do you think?
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