Statements on the resignation of Jerry Sloan

February 10th, 2011 | by Spencer Hall

Jerry Sloan on Jerry Sloan

Interview with ESPN 700 [mp3] with Jason Shepherd, Spence Checketts, and Gordon Chiesa.

@ESPNShep: “What are you going to miss most?”

Sloan: “Meal money.”

David Stern

NEW YORK, February 10, 2011 – NBA Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement on the resignation of Utah Jazz Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Sloan:

“Few people have epitomized all the positives of team sports more than Jerry Sloan. A basketball lifer, Jerry was as relentless in his will to win on the sidelines for the Utah Jazz as he was as an All-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls. In over two decades as a coach, he taught his players that nothing was more important than the team. His most impressive qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary ability to encourage his players to subjugate their individual games for the benefit of the whole. Two trips to The Finals and over 1,200 regular-season victories more than validate his philosophy. Jerry moves on having established himself as one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history. I and the rest of the NBA family wish him great success and happiness as he moves to the next chapter of his life.”

John Stockton

Dave Checketts

Interview with ESPN 700 [mp3]

Jeff Van Gundy

Interview with ESPN 700 [mp3]

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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6 Comments

  1. Joe Thomas says:

    Sorry Utah. Chasing23.com is spot on. Not one of the greats:
    http://chasing23.com/2011/02/jerry-sloan-good-but-not-great/

  2. booser says:

    I read that chasing 23 article and have to say i don’tagree. part of sloan’s greatness was his ability to be consistent in his performance regardless of the talent that came and went around him.

  3. Both parties share responsibility. Sloan should have attempted to work better with his star player. because like it or not, he wouldn’t have been as successful as they have been recently if it weren’t for deron. Jerry Sloan may have been a great coach, but at the end of the day, it was deron that was winning the games for the jazz and leading the team on the court. at the same time, deron should have tried to work better with his coach, because Sloan is one of the reasons why deron Williams developed into one of the top point guards in the league. it’s a shame the two couldn’t come to a compromise or work things out.

  4. Zeiram says:

    I have a question, does anyone know if it is possible to give the coach of the year award to a coach who was replaced midseason? Because if that would be possible Sloan should get a lifetimeachievement coty at the end of the season!

  5. lovesloanbut says:

    I love Sloan but, I have to agree with some of the Chasing 23 article. As much as he was great for Utah, I can’t put him above the likes of Pat Riley, Larry Brown, and Phil Jackson.

  6. TaylorC says:

    Jerry Sloan Coached in Utah! Probably the smallest market in the NBA. If he would have coached in LA, Philly, Miami, New York or pretty much anywhere else, he would be wearing as many rings as fingers he has!

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