Jerry Sloan Resigns: Where Does He Rank Among the Greatest NBA Coaches?

February 10th, 2011 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
Jerry Sloan abruptly resigned as head coach of the Utah Jazz on Thursday after a 23-year Hall of Fame career with the club. 

The sudden nature of his departure is stunning, especially when considering just a few days ago he'd signed an extension to remain the Jazz's head coach through the 2011-2012 season. 

After a meeting with Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor following the team’s loss to the Chicago Bulls in Salt Lake City, Sloan and longtime assistant coach Phil Johnson both decided to resign. 

With a press conference scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET to officially announce the news, Sloan's departure is directly linked to a fractured relationship with All-Star point guard Deron Williams; Utah's best player management appears to have sided with over it's longtime coach. 

After an altercation with Williams at halftime of the Bulls game, sources say Sloan decided then and there that he was finished. 

And just like that, one of the all-time greats walks away from the game in despairing fashion.  

At 68 years old, it's likely we have reached the end of the line ...

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