Deron Williams Chases Jerry Sloan Out of Utah: Will the Jazz Be Out of Tune?

February 10th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Reports are coming out that last night during halftime of the Utah Jazz loss to the Chicago Bulls, there was an altercation between MVP candidate Deron Williams and coach Jerry Sloan. Today, just days after signing a one year extension with the team, Jerry Sloan abruptly left as head coach of the Utah Jazz. 

Sloan's loss to the Jazz can be easily overlooked. Few systems in the NBA were so intricately tied to the coach. His system was the Jazz, and the primary reason for their success. His flex offense was one of the most complicated. His teams year in and year out were hugely  successful, even if they never won a ring. 

His life time coaching record is an eyebrow raising 1221-803. His 209 wins over .500 is fourth in NBA history. His win total ranks third, behind only Lenny Wilkins and Don Nelson. He is very much a part of the conversation for the top 10 coaches of all time.

Not only is the Utah's style tied to Sloan's system, the success is a direct result of 23 years of coaching. During that entire time Sloan had only one losing season. It's hard to imagine that the Jazz will actually improve now that Slaon is gone. His resignatio ...

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