Jerry Sloan Retires as Head Coach of the Utah Jazz: The End of an Era

February 10th, 2011 by David Lynn Leave a reply »
This truly is the end of an era.

Jerry Sloan was the last coach in professional sports that could have stayed as long as he wanted. It was the unique combination of a quality coach and an organization that was willing to stand by their guy through good and bad.

There was definitely some bad, but for the most part it was an amazing run.

Jerry Sloan was the greatest coach that I have ever seen, and let me emphasize the word "coach". 

He was not merely a manager of great players, or someone who showed up at just the right time and rode a perfect storm to temporary success. 

He found great success while coaching arguably the most complimentary teammates in NBA history. While John Stockton and Karl Malone were never in the spotlight like Pippen and Jordan or Magic and Kareem, there could not have been a better tandem who helped each other to success.

Sloan did an amazing job coaching them into a well-oiled machine, adding in whatever complimentary pieces he may have had in any given year. He took players like Bryon Russel and Jeff Hornacek and worked them into the most predictable offense I have ...

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