Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  23 responses

In Appreciation of Jerry Sloan

Jerry’s local paper pays a nice tribute to the man, and his amazing Hall of Fame career: “[Jerry] Sloan called out the plays during the Jazz’s glory years, not Stockton. He gave them the opportunity and motivation. And the anger, too. You could see it on nights when the Jazz lost. Sloan would clamber onto the team bus in his knock-kneed gait and swing grimly into his seat at the front, brooding silently in the dark. Nobody talked loudly or laughed.”

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  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    Old school! Gotta love Jerry Sloan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I wonder if he’ll hever coach a different team…He’s a great coach though, he’s old school and doesn’t put up with all the BS that players tend to bring to teams.

  • Blue

    Please explain to me why Mike Brown, Byron Scott and Sam Mitchell have COY awards and Jerry Sloan doesn’t…

  • Alan

    ^ can’t agree more

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    co-sign Blue like 8000 times

  • UnRel

    I have no idea why Sloan doesn’t have a COY.. one of the league’s worst footnotes..

  • Josh D

    Congrats on the HOF Jerry, really hope u get a ring with the jazz before you retire

  • Josh D

    Congrats on the HOF Jerry, really hope u get a ring with the jazz before you retire

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne
  • matt

    getting sir charles to do the induction was unexpected but awesome

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Shamtravmockery, that there is no COY in his locker cabinet.

  • chintao

    Obviously, “Coach of the Year” is like “Employee of the Month”. You only give it to people if you think they are going to quit or right before you fire them. It’s a way of getting people to stay or to feel less sad about being fired.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dave

    Sloan won’t get a ring. He’s VP of my NBA Coaches Who’ll Never Get A Ring Club.
    Nellie is President.
    Isaiah is no longer a member, but he has a memorial bathroom with a man-shaped mat you can sleep on by the bowl.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    As a Bulls fan (a REAL one, not someone who jumps on the bandwagon when they’re doing well), I have so much love and respect for Jerry Sloan. He was probably the third best defender to ever wear a Bulls jersey after Jordan, Pippen and Rodman. Most people in Chicago dislike him because he was the Utah coach when we faced them in the finals those two years but the real fans know what’s up. Congrats Jerry Sloan.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    For about the last ten years, the Coach of the Year award should have alternated between Greg Popovich, Phil Jackson, and Jerry Sloan.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    And Rick Adelman. Van Gundy should have won in ’99.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Sloan never getting a COY kinda reminds me of Shaq only getting one MVP. Dude was one of the 5 best centers (if not players, period) of all time, and he only has one MVP to his name? Both injustices.

  • LeoneL

    I don’t care about Sloan not getting any COY (yet). True NBA fans, as Enigmatic puts it, “know what’s up”. Keep doing what you do best Mr. Sloan Sir.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Jerry kinda seems like he would be a jerk. But what he is doing works, and has for many,many years.. Jazz have been a blue-collar, working-mans team and are very picky about whom plays for them.. Even when they were in the lottery a few years back (D.Will) I dont remember them being a BAD team, the west was very stacked, and still is, to a smaller degree.

  • davidR

    enigmatic, you gotta check that old post russ did about the top 10 players to never win an MVP. you wouldn’t believe some of them. maybe someone from slam could help me out by linking to it? i remember it had the best youtube mixtape of any nba player i’ve ever seen: scottie pippen to kanye – big brother

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    davidR – Thanks man, I’ll check that out if I can find it! And that’s a pretty dope comparison – Scottie Pippen being the Kanye West to Jordan’s Jay-Z. I never even thought of that.

  • chintao

    @ Dave ==> Don’t agree with the Nellie thing. Dude’s too crazy. I like the image of Isiah, though.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ Chintao – I can understand why Dave would say Nellie’s the president. He’s the coach with the most regular season wins of all time to have never won a title.