Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  64 responses

Deron Williams Denies Running Jerry Sloan Out

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The NBA world is still reeling from Jerry Sloan’s shocking resignation. When the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports informed the world that he was done, most of the blame seemed to fall on Deron Williams’ shoulders.

According to several media reports, Sloan and his star point guard — who’s repeatedly voiced his displeasure with the state of things in Utah — had been clashing all season long, and a heated argument at halftime on Wednesday night in the midst of a tough home loss was the final straw for Jerry.

Deron Williams responded to the speculation, angrily accusing the media of trying to paint him as the scapegoat in all of this.

From KFAN 1320 (via CBS Sports):

“It sucks. I didn’t think he would ever retire in the middle of the season,” Williams said. “I watched the press conference and he said it was his time.”

Williams then took a swipe at reporters claming that he had a role in Sloan’s departure. “All those guys, Ric Bucher, Chris Broussard, they’re all in our locker room everyday,” Williams deadpanned. “I’ll let them report what they want to report, that’s what they are paid to do. That’s why I’m always short and rude with the media, because they’re your friend. Ric comes in and sits by me every time I see him, acts like he’s my friend, but the day they find something they want to spin, they jump on it. That’s why I am the way I am and will continue to be the way I am.”

Williams denied a report that he had approached Jazz management saying that he wouldn’t re-sign with the team when he’s a free agent if Sloan was still the head coach. “That’s not true. I would never force coach Sloan out of Utah. He’s meant more to this town and organization than I have by far. It’s not my place.”

We’ll likely never truly know what happened in Utah to force Sloan out — maybe the problems with DWill were too much to handle, perhaps he knew the Jazz were doomed this season anyhow, or maybe it was simply time for him to walk away from the game after so many years.

One thing is certain, though. The NBA is a much poorer place today without Jerry Sloan.

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  • Knowsitall

    J Sloan, get the steppin’

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    Just going off of the “news,” and rumors that have come out of Utah over the past few or so weeks, I definitely think Sloan’s retiring was because of Deron… indirectly. We’ll never know if there was pressure from the top because of the “rumored” intensifying disagreements. But anyone who has watched basketball long enough to know Jerry Sloan, KNOWS, he’s not a quit in the middle of the season kind of guy. After 20+ seasons, no. Either he was forced out in some way, or had enough with some behind closed doors type bs. He’s way too old school of a dude to put up with that.

    Young readers/viewers, will probably say oh he’s a quitter. Or Williams was right or will be better off without him. But ppl who know the game and have watched for years, know (IMO), this is tragic news here. And definitely doesn’t feel right.

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    and del negro has a job?

  • DreDre

    Ok Sloan just signed a 1 year deal just a few days ago, which showed his intentions of coaching again. And all of a sudden he retires suddenly because of a head to head with Deron Williams? if this is the case, im sure he was just acting of emotions at the time. Hopefully he gets time to cool off and he’ll be back. IF that is the case

  • rayray

    Sloan coached Stockton and Malone there is no way some young punk like Deron Williams could send him packing. He coached Utah to the finals against an awesome Bulls team head to head with Phil Jackson etc… Jerry Sloan just burned out man – he’ll just take a break and get back into soon.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon E Mouse

    “That’s why I’m always short and rude with the media” he said remembering to politely exclude Slam Magazine from his list of transgressors. Deron williams my new favourite player!

  • Peppe Riviera

    Sloan signed the contract way earlier. From the Slam article a few days ago:

    ‘I’ve already signed a contract for next year,’ he said after shootaround at Arco Arena in preparation for tonight’s game against the Kings. ‘That’s been since, maybe, around the first of the year. I don’t remember what the date was on it.

    He signed the contract at the beginning of the year, but it was REPORTED just recently. I personally heard it reported locally a couple of months ago.

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    Deron is soo down to earth. Tired of all this rumors Broussard was putting in our heads since the LBJ fiasco.

  • thalilbigkahuna

    He didn’t say that he wished Sloan had stayed.

  • tRay

    @MUBWAR that’s what happens win you listen to a Ginger

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Go ESPN!

  • Reggie

    Jerry Slopan is and always has been a “team first” type of player and coach. Williams is a “me first” type of player. Always has been and always will be. The two just don`t mix. It is sad to see a great coach like Sloan get so frustrated over a player like Williams that he leaves the game in mid-season.

    This is why I hate the NBA and will watch anylevel of college hoops before I watch an NBA game.


  • ClydeSays

    DWill didn’t do himself any favors there. He needs to grow up. It’s an entertainment business & the media drives interest, good or bad.

    As far as Sloan goes. Wow. Supposedly, he was one of the toughest guys out there & he seemed to get his teams to over-achieve almost every season.

    I’ve never been a fan of the franchise or the Miller Family. They always seem to go to great lengths to stock their roster with the palest players available. The fans treatment of Fisher after he left was ridiculous.

    But Sloan was the main reason the Jazz were relevant for so long (besides Malone & Stockton…)

  • T-Money

    Cmon now. Jerry Sloan is his own man. If you quit, you quit. After 23 years, a player forced him out in the middle of the season? Whatever.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    As a media member I am saddened by his stance but I understand it.

  • AnAnymouse

    I think its Dwill’s fault.. well just a lil bit, I mean him and coach sloan argued at the second half of the bulls,jazz game. Dwills calling some plays that sloans didnt instruct to that cause them the game. Do you think they kiss and makeup after that? And all of a sudden coach sloan just call it a day before the mid season? I mean he loves the GAME then he says he’s tired? Cmon now!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Would you like a situation where people expect you to be cordial and friendly then turn around and publish character killing info about from people whose identities they wont reveal? There used to be a rule that anonymous sources couldn’t attack people without revealing their identity. Sports and political reporters along with TMZ have slowly eliminated that rule. I don’t like it.

  • AnAnymouse

    well i dont hate dwill i just thougt he might’ve been the trigger for that retirement. Who wants to see the next cleveland? clue.. they run boozer out and 1 icon coach!

  • http://slamonline.com nate

    Coming from the best PG in the league ? It can’t be . Smh D-will is acting like a lil girl grow the hell up shut ya mouth and play basketball . Like Derrick Rose lol

  • karma

    I don’t blame D-Will. Media members are generally coniving, and atheletes learn this the hard way – the media always turns on you for the sake of a good story. A tough man like Sloan wouldn’t quit cause of a playerm he’ll quit when he believes his message is no longer relevant with the generation he teaches. And that’s what sloan felt I guess. It has nothing to do with D-will specifically, it has to do with the Lebron-led player revolution vs. the power of old-school coaches. Guys like Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan essentially quit on their own terms, its never cause of players.

  • Mike Mihalow

    The don’t think John Stockton would have gone crying to management about Sloan. Just sayin.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You can’t shut your mouth. You have to talk to people by league mandate. If media members label you as something it sticks and impacts your rep in the league which affects your earning potential and legacy. It is tough situation.

  • karma

    Yeah, honestly, D-Will is going to viewed as a cancer now because of this, which I don’t think is the case with him – it was just a matter of working under Sloan’s system for 6 years now without any payoffs.

  • Wonil

    everyone needs to read this article. a very fair assessment of the situation.


  • Jj

    If you’ve been following the Jazz you will understand Sloan’s departure. He ALWAYS said he would coach til he got tired. And then he would just leave. Plain and simple.

    I don’t think either Deron, the owners, GM, other players, anyone pushed Jerry out. He just got tired and went home. And he’s allowed to. I respect coach Sloan and will miss him like hell, but I understand.

  • Ai come back

    dwill to miami……….

  • Blaspemy

    The NBA is dead. Journalism is dead. This is the final straw. Any form of structured logical way of thinking of a situation is dead. All hail ESPN the swayer of cretins. And shame on SLAM for pretty much copying and pasting ESPN story’s to there headlines and calling it news.

  • James aka…

    Um hearsay about a work related feud between an employee and his manager is not the death of journalism. Lying to mobilize public support for a war that led to a million deaths 8 years ago was the death of journalism. This is just beef.

  • robb

    Ric Bucher is trash

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Ric Bucher didn’t even say that lol, Williams also admitted that he didn’t read the story. You judgemental people are no different then ESPN and Deron Williams, everyone’s in the wrong, jumping to conclusions and judgments. smh

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Anybody calling a Wojo article fair, an article that featured no comments from the player lambasted or his representatives and took the stance that Sloan was a defender of all that is right with the world, can’t be trusted. If you think that’s “fair” then I doubt your ability to think logically. Period. You can agree with the stance of the article, but if you think it’s “fair” then your concept of fair is so hopelessly skewed you can’t be trusted.

  • Omar

    I would like to dedicate “Time’s Up” by O.C to Deron Willams, the love affair with Utah is over, you maybe following Sloan out.

  • Max

    10 bucks he goes to Cleveland and turns them into a 50+ win team.. This season

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    I actually thought the Wojo article put a pretty fair amount of the responsibility on Sloan’s inability/unwillingness to adjust to today’s players and unwillingness to coach a team that can’t win a title, while being sure not to blame him entirely. Maybe that’s not completely “fair” but it is a hell of a lot better than the mainstream narrative of this situation, which is basically that Deron Williams forced Sloan out of town.

  • robb

    @nbk, I never said he did, I just think he’s trash, whenever I read his name I feel the urgent need to say it, that’s all.


    Co-sign MrRLW’s. Comment was nuthin but the truth. Gr8 comment man

  • T-Money

    “When peers LeBron James(notes), Carmelo Anthony(notes) and Chris Paul(notes) were younger, behaved immaturely and acted like followers, one source says: “Deron was always the grownup. He has always been his own man.” This is, in a nutshell, why Woj’s pieces are nauseating to me. This “one source says” BS has got to stop. So one guy says that D-Will is a mature leader and Bron, Melo and CP3 are immature followers and that’s it? It goes to print and it’s gospel now?

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m pretty sure Sloan is wearing his John Deere cap, enjoying a beer and not giving a f*ck about anything the media says right now. Here’s wishing him the best.


    Still in shock. Never, ever thought it would go down like this 2 coach sloan. He deserved much better than this. I sincerely hope he’ll b back on the sidelines again. Altho it will b weird 2 c him coach another team besides the jazz. This could b a very bad situation 4 the jazz. A situation that could possibly take yrs 2 recover from, if ever. There a small market team who has had trouble attracting star power since the mailman and stockton left and retired respectively. Even w/coach sloan @ the helm. Now there an org full of questions and uncertainties. And all n a span of just a few hrs. Most def feel 4 all jazz fans. Sad, sad day n the NBA


    Side note: Ty Corbin sighting. I had no idea he was assistant. Now he a coach. Its nice 2 c Ty after all these yrs. Wish him the best of luck. He’s gonna need it

  • batumswrong

    i think he just realized that the way they are playing right now (and the since he started coaching Utah) isnt gonna win them a championship. Something had to change. Part of it probably was Deron, and part of it was a need for change by the management. They probably fired him, but out of respect, they decided that he should be the one leaving them

  • donlaker

    i guess they wont be sharing a big country breakfast buffet anytime soon, malone and stockton should be the next coaches million dollar player vs budget price coach, i will take the million dollar player……everytime

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Two seasons ago I said that Williams has a penchant for throwing people under the bus. I referenced a Playoff series with Denver when Williams threw Andrei Kirilenko to the wolves.
    I was basically called a liar by someone up here.
    Guess I’m not a liar on this one, huh? smh

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    fair: Having or exhibiting a disposition that is free of favoritism or bias; impartial: a fair mediator.
    b. Just to all parties; equitable

    It’s almost impossible to write a good column and be fair. The very nature of column writing means you can’t be impartial, and since you have adopted a position you can’t be equitable to all positions because you don’t believe all positions are equal. Fair shouldn’t be the goal, “just” should be the goal. Being just means doing the right regardless of the fact that some may be hurt or inconvenienced. Wojo’s article wasn’t fair, it’s debatable whether it was just, and whether you think it was just probably depends on how you view Sloan and Deron Williams as individuals.
    However, it is IMPOSSIBLE to write a “fair” article based primarily on anonymous sources and it’s pretty diffcult to write a “just” article.
    Anonymous sources have their place. Anonymity should be used to provide information and protect the person providing the information. But, it’s dangerous to allow anonymous sources to make character judgements. Do we know who these sources are? Do we know their relationship with Sloan and Williams? Do we know their motivations? When a person’s name is attached to their comments, it is much easier to judge what biases they may have.
    With anonymous sources readers are forced to trust the writer and his judgement. Anybody who has read Wojo knows that he has glaring biases and a definite view on the world, which leads me to wonder about much to believe his sources.
    That’s why the word “fair” is so problematic in this instance.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Professor Allen.
    Journalism “101″.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Here is the definition for “just.” Outside of the first definition, I think it’s pretty accurate.

    Honorable and fair in one’s dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
    2. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
    3. Properly due or merited: just deserts.
    4. Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
    5. Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
    6. Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal

  • Hambone

    Hi jerry it’s jerry reinsdorf,why not come to chicago,we already have half your team and you can teach drose and booze how to run the pick and roll.we also have our own all star of who doesn’t look like drake and won’t talk ish and throw you under the bus,we actually think he might be a mute, tests are still ongoing

  • Hambone

    Of = pg…damn iphone

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    This would have been good news for Utah if they were building a legit contender, a foresee a lot of Gordon Heyward highlights for the next ten years.

  • Hambone

    Can see mike brown in Utah.he has experience taking ish from superstars and letting them run the game on court

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Deron Williams forced Sloan out, but not directly. Sloan realized he just couldn’t coach this team. It wasn’t fun.

  • Dagger

    Wojo doesn’t do “fair.” He takes a controversial position and then spins a melodrama around it using a hundred unnamed sources and a thousand hyperboles. As for Deron Williams: I’m sure Sloan has clashed with other players in the past, but it might have been worse this time around because I’m sure it was clear to both that the Jazz are a (slowly) sinking ship. Meanwhile, let’s face it: NBA players are as much celebrities as athletes. Engaging with the media is a necessity; Williams should suck it up and get on with it.

  • LA Huey

    I can’t see Sloan stepping away because of a player. The man was the definition of Utah Jazz basketball. If I have to cast blame on someone, I would believe that Sloan didn’t like the way management was playing him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    without getting into semantics, that Woj Yahoo article was as fair and unbiased as one could probably be about the subject.. seemed like a pretty accurate assessment of the situation, even if it’s just his opinion – it’s an opinion most people would agree with. and outside of that, Sloan’s resignation is pretty sad news and i didn’t even like the Jazz.

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

    One unnamed source says Jerry Sloan never really retired and continues to pull the strings for Utah behind the scenes. Another source says Adrian Woj’s “anonymous sources” are really just Adrian Woj. And finally, a third source says the Earth is flat. We now live in the Scott Templeton age, folks.

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

    Have a nice life, coach Sloan. One of the greatest coaches in American sports.

  • T-Money

    Melo is a cancer by the way.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Deron to me is the best point guard in the league, but him acting a fool in the locker room, lost him a great coach. I agree with Deron the offense sucks and the players around him are sorry, but why in the Heck the management let Brewer, Korver, Matthews and Boozer go. If Jazz still have them, they are 3rd best team in West and Deron is considered best point guard in league. Jazz management is the blame and Jefferson is not built for that type of offense. BOOK IT!!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Funny, when the Suns struggle, it’s “Nash can’t do anything without talent around him” but when the Jazz struggle, it’s “Deron simply doesn’t have the right players”
    Oh, gotcha!

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

    Well, the Jazz ARE still in the playoffs though.

  • Chang T

    It’s Al Jefferson. Dude is not a winner. Where ever he goes, the team sucks.

  • the truth

    i really wanna see him coach somewhere else

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “He’s the best coach I’ve ever played for in terms of his technical ability. And without a doubt, he’s the worst the person I’ve ever met in my entire life, in terms of dealing with people. Jerry raged against players whom he thought didn’t play hard enough, claiming they were undermining coaches across the league. If we lost two or three in a row, he would stride into practice yelling, ‘You (expletives) are trying to get me fired. I’m not losing my job because you guys aren’t hustling.’ During one of these job-insecurity diatribes, Karl (Malone) looked at me and smirked, ‘If only we were so lucky.’ Then he went back to the posture he’d long ago adopted: working diligently on his game while pretending Jerry didn’t exist.”
    - John Amaechi.