The guy deserves a parade SO GIVE HIM ONE!

Dubbed as "The Original Bull", Sloan was a two-time All Star.
a four-time All-Defensive First Team, and a two-time All-Defensive Second Team. 


This is not the proper way for Jerry Sloan to go.

THIS SUCKS!

I am a huge Michael Jordan fan and while I love it every time I see Jordan make that awesome jumper against Byron Russell, I respect Sloan. The Stockton to Malone connection is one of the most frightening weapons you can have in your disposal. Of course, who knew that these two would click? After Frank Layden resigned as Utah Jazz coach in 1988, he could have traded the two for better players. Karl Malone could be a great trade option for Hakeem Olajuwon or even Charles Barkley. John Stockton isn’t as athletic as most guys and he can’t really score as high as Isiah Thomas, Rolando Blackman, and even Tim Hardaway so Sloan could have just given him up for a first round draft pick.

But you know what?

He didn’t.

He was a great character who knew how to win.

But maybe “the mutiny” knows a lot more than we think we do.




Sadness engulfed Salt Lake City as their beloved coach resigned unceremoniously alongside long-time assistant coach Phil Johnson. Tyrone Corbin, a former player, was named his replacement. Speculations grew after the Utah Jazz lost against the Chicago Bulls, 91 to 86.

During his playing career, Sloan played almost his entire playing career as a Bull. After playing his rookie season with the Baltimore Bullets, he was the first player tapped for the then-expansion franchise Bulls. This honor gave him the moniker “The Original Bull”. A tenacious defender in the course of his playing career, he finished his career as a two-time NBA All-Star and a 6-time defensive team member.




After a coaching stint with the Bulls after his retirement due to injuries, he became the coach of Utah. He led the Jazz to two Western Conference championships and two consecutive NBA Finals stints.

Lo and behold, these title runs were both halted by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and the rest of the dominating Bulls of the 90’s.

Returning to the present, it seems that after that match, heads exploded and two sides clashed. The established coach Sloan faced his toughest challenge yet – Deron Williams. Williams is one of the best pointguards in the NBA today because he can hit in all cylinders and he has the athleticism that Stockton doesn’t have. Both sides have been pissed with each other for so long now and that loss was the final blow. 


New school takes on old school. 


It’s kind of ironic that Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, and Kyle Korver were part of the Jazz roster a season ago and together they headed to Chicago during the preseason (although for Brewer, he was originally sent to Memphis). It was said that Deron hated the Brewer trade. Boozer, a fan favourite in Utah, could have stayed with the team but perhaps he also rubbed heads with Sloan.

Andrei Kirilenko, a Jazz player that has played with Stockton and Malone, has been seen as a superstar by many except by Sloan mainly because he wants to be a power forward but Sloan wants a more generic type of bruiser.




Maybe it was right for the Jazz players to have a mutiny for the good of the squad. Sloan is old and perhaps his methods didn’t suit the Deron and the other players. Maybe Sloan was a bully? Maybe his old school style isn’t the style that will best suit the Jazz? Maybe Corbin can do a better job since insiders think that he is more player-friendly than Sloan.

However, why the hell would the beloved coach opt to get out of a freshly-inked contract in the middle of the season where his team is in the running for a Top 4 playoff spot??? Maybe Deron pushed him to the limit and the team owner sided with his superstar guard.

Sure, one can say that players and coaches fight with each other all the time and perhaps Sloan also had a bad relationship with Malone and Stockton. Hell, maybe this was the reason why Malone left Utah after Stockton retired. But you can see in that scenario that Malone, Stockton, and Sloan respected each other. During the 90’s, the Jazz team looked like the current San Antonio Spurs roster. They were old... but they stayed hungry. Despite their team’s composition, they still managed to become title contenders.

Williams was on the brink of moving out of the Jazz but opted to stick with the team. If you look at it, Utah can find a big-named big man to the squad to further establish their squad. They are also a shooting guard and a slasher down and perhaps they can use Kirilenko as trade bait.

Sloan comes out of Utah as a leader overthrown by evil people. He is such a beloved coach that I can see people looking at Deron with a Kobe-like villain face. With Sloan stepping down, what can be the reaction of the Utah fans? Deron Williams couldn’t be a happy camper right now and as the only known face by people outside the United States, expect a lot of people to think that it was Deron who forced Sloan to quit.

He has had bad season records in his long tenure...

For almost three decades, he can’t win a championship...

And yet, he lasted that long.

All I am saying is that I don’t buy the whole “don’t blame the players” shtick of Sloan. HE IS A HALL OF FAMER AND HE SHOULD EXIT INSIDE THE ARENA, IN FRONT OF HIS FAMILY, FORMER PLAYERS, FANS, AND FRIENDS, WITH HIM CRYING IN THE CENTER OF THE COURT AND TELLING EVERYONE HE HAD A GREAT TIME... 

AND LOVING THEM ALL! 

Resigning inside a cramped room filled with newsmen and their speculations is NOT a great ending of a great career.

Up to this day I can still remember Sloan handing out pep talks inside huddles with the likes of John Stockton, Karl Malone, Jeff Hornacek, Mark Eaton, Darrell Griffith, Tom Chambers, Antoine Carr, Jeff Malone, Bryon Russell, Howard Eisley, Greg Ostertag, Shandon Anderson, Carlos Arroyo, Raul Lopez, Kris Humphries, Jacque Vaughn, Mark Jackson, Donyell Marshall, Mike Brown, Matt Harpring, Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, Ronnie Brewer, Mehmet Okur, Derek Fisher, Danny Manning, CJ Miles, Ronnie Price, Wesley Matthews, Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson, Al Jefferson... and Deron Williams, among others.

Sure Jerry Sloan can say he is tired and all...

But no basketball icon should step down with little respect.

Game over.

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