HoopsHype Jerry Sloan rumors

February 23, 2014 Updates

What do you think about the Jazz honoring coach Jerry Sloan and putting his name in the rafters? Andrei Kirilenko: They should have done it a long time ago. He definitely deserves it. Coach Sloan, Karl Malone, John Stockton ... that’s a huge era for Jazz basketball and it definitely needs to be shown here in Salt Lake City. I give huge credit to Utah. It’s always been a team who really worried about team chemistry, being a family, rather than just teammates. The tradition continues. Of course it’s a little bit different, but all the memories are still there. Deseret News

February 2, 2014 Updates

Back working for the Utah Jazz this season — after more than two years away following his abrupt resignation in February 2011 — Sloan isn’t about to make any long-term promises this time. "I don’t think it’s a number of years thing," the Hall of Fame coach said Friday. "I think it’s just a day-to-day thing, as far as the way I look at the whole thing. I’m Utah Jazz, I think everybody knows that. But the light gets a little dimmer as time goes by because I’m 71 years old." Salt Lake Tribune

So far, Sloan’s job has consisted of some scouting duties and providing some insight to his replacement, Jazz coach Ty Corbin. "I’m here to help any way they might ask me and to be out of the way when it’s my time to be out of the way," Sloan said. Sloan has indeed been hesitant to impose. "Too much so," Corbin said. "The one thing especially early on that I didn’t want to happen, and I know how much he loves basketball and loves the Utah Jazz, is for him not to come around because he was afraid of getting in my way. I love having him around because he’s a great guy." Salt Lake Tribune

Asked Friday night if he had any regrets looking back on his coaching career and the Hall of Famer quipped, "I’d have called a different play when we played Chicago [in the NBA Finals] coming down the stretch." Sloan is without question of the game’s all-time greatest coaches and, after coming up short against the Bulls twice, he may be the greatest to have never won a championship. Salt Lake Tribune

January 31, 2014 Updates

Jody Genessy: Jerry Sloan once hit a recorder out of my hand while showing how to get through a screen. I'm lucky he wasn't teaching how to take a charge. The recorder hit the court and pieces scattered. Sloan: "If I broke that #%*@ing thing, I'll buy you a new one." The lesson then continued. Twitter @DJJazzyJody

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Sloan is third among the NBA’s all-time winningest coaches, with 1,221 career victories that place him behind only Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson. All but 94 of those victories came with the Jazz. “He really imposed himself onto his teams, and he had the people who would follow,” Adelman said. “I’m happy for him. He’s in the Hall of Fame and certainly he should be up there, too.” The Jazz hasn’t honored Sloan until now because he didn’t want the team to make a fuss about him. “That figures,” Adelman said. “That sounds like Jerry.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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December 9, 2013 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced tonight that the team will honor legendary former head coach Jerry Sloan in a special halftime ceremony when the Jazz hosts the Golden State Warriors on Friday, January 31, 2014, in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN. “On behalf of the Jazz organization and Miller Family, I am thrilled to announce our plans to retire a jersey and celebrate the enduring legacy of Jerry Sloan, one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history,” said Steve Miller, President of Miller Sports Properties. “We welcome Jazz fans to join us as we honor Jerry for his accomplishments and recognize his countless contributions to the Jazz franchise and state of Utah.” NBA.com

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"He was a terrific player," said former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who played against Beaty as a member of the Chicago Bulls. "Zelmo was big and strong and nasty ­— the kind of guy you wanted on your team." Sloan remembered playing the Hawks once during the 1968-69 season when a Beaty elbow cost Tom Boerwinkle, Chicago’s rookie center, "about 10 teeth." Sloan laughed and said, "It was unintentional, I think. Welcome to the NBA." Salt Lake Tribune

July 9, 2013 Updates

Even more troublesome: Some new teammates began to grumble about their roles behind Stockton and Malone. They complained of favoritism coach Jerry Sloan allegedly showed his 40-something stars by not making them participate in every practice. "Things just started to add up," Stockton said. "Things that started to worry me had never worried me before. Things that started to bother me had never bothered me before. The aches and pains I felt, I had never felt before. My reaction to it — instead of attacking it — was an indication it was time [to retire]. That was the message." When told it sounded like his final season was a truly unhappy one, Stockton said, "I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I had a great time. It was a great part of my life. But you can’t play forever." Salt Lake Tribune

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