Jerry Sloan Resigns: Why Deron Williams, NBA Stars Have All the Power

February 10th, 2011 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
Jerry Sloan, the longtime head coach of the Utah Jazz, announced today that he will be resigning from his position, according to reports in Salt Lake City.

Sloan, the 68-year-old coach of the Jazz for the past 23 seasons, abruptly stepped down after signing a one-year extension with the team on Monday.

The reports coming in say that Sloan has been feuding with All-Star point guard Deron Williams after Williams called a play different from what Sloan had called in Utah's loss Wednesday to the Chicago Bulls.

This, however, seems to just have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for the third all-time winningest coach in NBA history.

With the relationship between Sloan and Williams deteriorating, he met with general manager Kevin O'Connor after the game, and seemingly gave O'Connor an ultimatum.

The old school style of Sloan was obviously clashing with the new school point guard play of Williams, as it has become more common for point guards to call their own plays during the process of a game.

Having to decide between a 68-year-old and a franchise point guard seemed to be an easy decision for O'C ...

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