Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 11:02 am  |  19 responses

Malone: Jerry Sloan Would Never Quit Anything

The Mailman spoke about how game has changed, and how his coach didn’t. From the AP: “Sloan and longtime assistant Phil Johnson both said they decided to step down after Wednesday’s emotional loss to Chicago. Their resignations were announced at a press conference Thursday that was not attended by a single player. That alone irritated Malone, who was drafted in 1985—the year after Sloan first joined the Jazz as an assistant. ‘I don’t even need to answer whether I would have been there or not,’ said Malone, who followed Sloan and All-Star guard John Stockton into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. ‘If I got something to say or do to a man, I’m going to look that man in the eye and tell him what is going to happen. That’s just me now.’ He also took issue with analysts declaring the game had passed by Sloan. ‘It’s like saying the game passed Phil Jackson by,’ Malone said. ‘Old school worked. The players (have) got to buy into the system.’ Asked if he thinks the 68-year-old Sloan was forced out rather than voluntarily resigned because he had run out of energy, Malone reiterated his statement. ‘I said what I said earlier. The guy I know and love, he don’t quit or nothing,’ Malone said. Jazz president and CEO Randy Rigby downplayed Malone’s comments.”

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  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    Yeah, he never mailed it in.

  • http://www.phonetobuy.com LeoneL

    And i am so gay

  • flippity

    your first comment already implied the second one. There was no need for it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Its funny Drew leaves UNC, he is a quitter, but Sloan is not. If you leave something after you started it, before you finish it. YOU ARE A QUITTER, like Sloan. BOOK IT!!

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    @ The Seed
    If you work consistently for 18 years you ain’t a quitter.
    You just don’t understand this whole situation.

  • TheMac

    Maybe the team quit on him, before he did…

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    After such a long tenure, whatever the reason, his decision to leave the Jazz would attract a lot of attention. But is it really news what Malone thinks of it?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I think there is more to this story than we’ll ever know. I think he was forced out for whatever reason. If he was to just up and quit on his own terms, I’d like to think he would do it during the offseason, and probably while the Jazz are a lottery, or at least a non playoff team. Malone and Sloan are hall of famers, have a little respect, eh?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone,John Stockton= 3 of the best ever at their NBA job(s).. Just not on Sundays.

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

    Demetrius Bell: Karl Malone Would Quit Something

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The Seed – you need to work on your persona. This one’s predictability isn’t entertaining, it’s tedious.

  • Towelie

    Can we vote to ban The Seed’s IP? please?

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    Bann The Seed for this ignorant comment!!! Hang him too!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Man I got haters, if you quit aren’t you a quitter, if you steal aren’t you a thief, if you lie aren’t you a liar. Sloan quit on his team, because of an issue with one player, so the other players on the team did not matter, only the voice of one. If that was the case, then I am glad he quit on his team because of some issue. Plain and simple if I leave my job after 18 years of a disagreement with a coworker or boss and I am still seen as a quitter, but since Sloan has coached for a while he gets a pass. Not in my BOOK!!!

  • onions baby onions

    @Seed: your logic makes sense, but you have no idea whether what you’re writing accurately depicts this situation (nor do I, or anyone posting on this site). Sloan could have left for many reasons that the general public is unaware of. Even if you’re 100% right about why he left, there is still a difference between quitting after a few months of doing something and quitting after 18 years. How you don’t see that difference is beyond me, but hopefully you can figure it out one day.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Karl Malone impregnated a 13-year old and never took care of his child…
    Who cares what he thinks about manhood?

  • Justin

    Following along with that logic, if you’re The Seed aren’t you an idiot?

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    he’s not a quitter, but a tired man.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Hey Seed.
    How old are you and for how long have you been working?
    I just wan’t to know if you are able to judge this situation.
    Don’t be to proud that you got haters.
    I don’t hate you but I think you are an ignorant guy.