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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to resign Thursday; Ty Corbin to replace

Feb 10, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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UPDATE #2, 4:39 pm: It has been confirmed now by the Salt Lake Tribune and other sources that current Jazz assistant Ty Corbin will take over as the Jazz interim head coach.

UPDATE 2:38 pm: This is about as official as it will get until Sloan steps up to the podium, Jazz players are calling their agents saying Sloan is out, according to a tweet from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Most expect Ty Corbin to get the job.

The press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Utah (5 p.m. Eastern). It will be shown live on NBA.com.

1:44 pm: Long-time Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan will resign at a  press conference in a couple hours, according to a tweet from the Deseret News.

Sloan is the longest tenured coach in the NBA, having taken over back in 1988. Sloan, 68, just announced days ago that he had signed a one-year extension with the team. Reports are assistant Phil Johnson also is stepping down.

We say stepping down, although we wonder how much he was pushed out the door. As much as an institution like Sloan could be forced to do anything in Utah.

Wednesday night Sloan, usually one of the fastest coaches to the post-game media interview, was more than 30 minutes late and appeared “shaken” when he arrived. When asked about it Sloan said he, General Manager Kevin O’Connor and the rest of the staff had a post-game meeting but would not go into details. He said the media would be informed Thursday of what was discussed.

The Jazz have struggled this season compared to previous seasons, they are 31-23 and the six seed in the West. But that has a lot more to do with Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver and Wes Mathews leaving via free agency, being replaced by lesser talents like Al Jefferson (a poor fit for Sloan’s flex offense), than anything Sloan has done. Last season C.J. Miles could barely get on the floor, this season Sloan has to use him in key situations because there is no Jazz bench to speak of. Mehmet Okur has played in just 13 games. Sloan has been the same coach for decades, he gets the most out of what he is given, he has taken bad teams to the playoffs and good teams to the finals. He didn’t forget how to coach, he was just was given less to work with by O’Conner this season.

There have been 245 coaching changes around the NBA since Jerry Sloan took over his job.

As for potential successors, it is likely the Jazz would want to keep it in the family, so to speak. The most likely choice is Ty Corbin, although Jeff Hornacek could be in the mix.

  1. loungefly74 - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    we will miss ya Jerry. class act.

  2. hnirobert3 - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Woah, Horny is on the Jazz staff? Didn’t know that.

  3. silverdeer - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    That is not good. Normally when something like this happens it is a significant health issue with the individual or someone close to them. Not a Utah fan but have always respected Mr. Sloan for his ability to work in that stressful environment for so long. Hope I am wrong.

  4. hnirobert3 - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Did you know that Jerry Sloan washes his hair with bar soap?

  5. musilly - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Sad news.

    Side note: should’ve said “step down” or something instead of “resign.” At first I just glanced at the headline and thought that he was going to “resign” a contract or continue as coach.

    • davidly - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      “Resign” means step down. Your thinking of “re-sign”.

  6. florida727 - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Wow! Talk about “end of an era”. Sloan’s been a class act since his days with the Chicago Bulls. If the stepping down is true, whether forced or voluntary, at age 68, all you can do is wish the guy good luck in whatever direction he decides to go into next. Well done, Jerry. You truly are one of a kind and you always represented the Jazz in a favorable light. Personally, I wish you’d been the Bulls coach all these years :) God bless.

  7. silverdeer - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Based upon other threads on other sites about this story it does appear that my assumption about a health issue is wrong. Glad to see that.

  8. digitalpoo - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Wow… I would have rather we got rid of the 18 million dollar airball (Kirelenko).

    Jazz are in sad shape without Jerry.

  9. stinkfingers - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    I hate to see you go Jerry, but do us a favor… Take CJ Miles with you.

  10. mharenza - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I am hearing that there was definite conflict between Sloan and Williams which culminated in a half time shouting match. The arguing continued after the game when the GM came into the locker room to see what the problem was. And the GM fired Sloan essentially in deference to Williams. As a protest, the assistant coach will step down. Disgusting.

  11. ocgunslinger - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I am a solid Laker fan but have nothing but respect for Jerry Sloan. He has always been a winner on and off the court. If he is being forced out I will be surprised because if anyone has earned the right to pick when they leave the business and on his terms it is Sloan……followed closely by Phil Jackson. I will reserve thinking the Jazz management are scum sucking low life until I hear the press conference and then after the conference when the real truth surfaces.

  12. rosloe62 - Feb 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Great Player(Go Bulls)…Great Coach…Great Guy! Good Luck!

  13. philiplewis1 - Feb 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    At least the Cavaliers and Wizards will have some company now.

  14. truprof - Feb 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Jerry Sloan is a man who should have been named Coach of the Year more than once in his career. And for those old enough to remember him as a player, he was a hard nosed, blue-collar, lunch bucket type who backed down from no one. His defensive intensity was second to none.
    Hats off to you, Mr. Sloan! Instead of calling for your resignation, the Jazz organization and the league should be throwing a humongous bash to honor you for your unparalleled career of dedication and professionalism!

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