Monday, May 3rd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  16 responses

Jerry Sloan: Utah Jazz Need to Get Nasty

Sloan says his team needs to get rough if they hope to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole against L.A. From the Deseret News: “Utah, down 14 in the second quarter, led 93-91 with just more than three minutes remaining. Its comeback bid ultimately fell short, it was enough for Sloan to yearn for more — much more — when Game 2 arrives Tuesday. ‘I just hope our guys come with enough toughness to withstand their toughness,’ he said. ‘They (the Lakers) will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of ya. That’s how good they are. We have to learn to fight through that. If you want to play in this league and play in the playoffs, you have to get a little nasty,’ Sloan added. “Not hurt anybody, but (you can’t) accept getting your nose rubbed in the dirt.’ The message from Sloan, who caught some flak for using the ‘nasty’ word last postseason, was delivered both to the media and his team.”

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  • Anthony

    Bill Lambeer is a cat compare to Jerry Sloan

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    That’s what I told my gf but then she got all offended.

  • d.j.

    sloan should have played the main role in that ” grand torino” movie hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Utah’s bigs need to hit a 4 inch growth spurt over the next 48hrs. if they want to have a chance.

  • peter

    he is such a G

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    He should have left the reserves in.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    gotta love sloan

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I think he used he horse whip Stockton and Hornacek back in the day…and water board Ostertag after away games….

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I can’t wait to see this. The Jazz are the toughest team in the NBA when they play hard; Sloan is right, you want to beat the Lakers, you have to get nasty.

  • Eddie LOmax

    J SLoan looks like Roy Shneider from the Jaws mmovies.. To beat L.A, “They’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

  • BostonBaller

    d.j was right on point with the Grande Torino reference. lol. Sloan used to be a beast, I’m surprised his teams haven’t been overall nastier over the years by taking on his game playing demeanor.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    i still think he’s a royal douche

  • JoeMaMa

    The NBA should declare him coach of the year at the START of next season, performance be damned. He gets crazy respect from his players, opponents, coaches, yet he doesn’t have this award? And while he’s a hard ass, I recently read that he loves his players and takes good care of them. Jerry Sloan is a basketball legend for what he’s done.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    What? The Jazz need to get Steve Nash?

  • anti-crust

    Teddy Bear said Jazz are already the nastiest team in the NBA, and I agree….this reminds me of Ali vs Foreman…the “Thrilla in Manilla”…the Lakers may be labeled soft, but if you get them peeved, you wake up Kobe, who will wake up the rest of the team and you won’t stand a chance. You can play nasty all you want, and you will probably win game 3, as that is where we are now, courtesy of David Stern who will influence the refs. But in all likelihood, you trying to play nasty, will only take your focus away from playing disciplined basketball, which Utah is great at most of the time, and the Lakers are unbeatable when they feel the mood. They win games without even playing their best. Go ahead, wake them up.