End of an Era

10 02 2011

Today marks the end of an era.  A moment that every fan never wants to witness but knows that one day it will happen.  Today, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan the longest tenured head coach in any American sport resigned from the Jazz after 23 seasons along with Assistant Phil Johnson.

Many will question if the resignation was brought on my debates with players, predictability or management.  We may not ever truely know but as Sloan stated, he simply didn’t have the energy that he had ten years past.  I’m inclined to believe Jerry simply because when it comes to the media he doesn’t cut corners and tells it like it is.  He’s had issues with players every single season one way or another.  Management always wants to have their hands in the coaching and production that will hopefully lead to a championship.

Conspiracy theory as much as you want, but the NBA will never be the same.  Sloan was old school, a coach that instilled an accountability and determination that very few coaches, let alone athletes understand.  Today players will do whatever it takes to win a championship, even if they go about doing it all the wrong ways.  Sloan’s methodology of making the players accountable really taught the players how to be players instead of in it for the money in my opinion.

Utah doesn’t have the same reputation of the Lakers or the Celtics, but year in year out they were consistant and played the game the way it was meant to be played, to the best of their abilities as a team.   With this mindset we made it the finals twice, falling both times to the Bulls and MJ but Sloan showed the league that his methods worked.

Tomorrow will be unique, as the dust settles from the bombshell of Sloan and Johnson’s departure.  It’ll not be the same seeing the Jazz take the floor without Jerry there constantly hounding his boys to play to their fullest.  I don’t know how the team will come together but I know that they will always remember the ethics drilled into them by an NBA great.

Thanks Jerry and Phil.  You gave Utah a team to be proud of even if we have no titles to show for it.  You gave us a team that we would call our own.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: