Jerry Sloan Rumors

One of the things I am most proud about from the years as president of the PBWA is that the executive and I helped institute the Rudy Tomjanovich Award to the coach who best combines excellence in his craft with co-operation with the media, the award Dwane’s up for this year. Well, to right what we all felt was a terrible wrong – that Sloan had never been the coach of the year – we made a decision that that he would be the first winner and that it would be an unanimous decision. It was my pleasure to call Sloan and tell him; I got him, I think, at his farm in Illinois that summer and it was an honour to give him the news. He says, and I think this is verbatim: “I don’t know why the hell you’re doing this but thank you, I’m honoured.”
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You officiated during the golden era of NBA basketball from Bird and Magic to Michael to now. What was that like when you sit back and think about it? Crawford: Kareem, [Hakeem] Olajuwon, Karl Malone [too] … everybody always forgets all these guys. I am very lucky, but I really didn’t appreciate them because I was reffing. When you are reffing, if you are doing your job you are trying to get them to adhere to the rules and it is hard some nights. I appreciated their competitiveness, but I didn’t appreciate those great, great moments. I appreciated [former Jazz coach] Jerry Sloan calling me a no-good … that used to be funny as hell. I used to tell a young referee, if you hit Jerry with a T, he would immediately call you a no-good m—–f—– … so I said when you call the first one, just get away from him because you are going to have to throw him [out otherwise].