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Karl Malone comes out swinging about Jerry Sloan

Feb 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Karl Malone, Jazz legend, spoke before the Jazz went out and failed in epic fashion against the Suns Friday night. His comments immediately took everyone back. In short, Malone made it very clear that the man he knew would never have surrendered his post mid-season.

“I will say this: I know my coach. I know my coach. And I know my assistant coach. And I know all these coaches. The coach I know and the man I know have never quit or resigned in anything. That’s what I want to say.”
“What I said is what I said. I know Jerry Sloan. And the people that know him the closest know that man would never resign or quit if you want to, on nothing. I don’t care what it is.”

Here’s video of Malone’s little unleashing, courtesy of the Salt Lake City Tribune.

There’s also a lot of talk about Malone coaching in his comments, which is kind of from left field. Malone talks about carrying on Sloan’s legacy.  So be sure to keep an eye on that situation. But Malone’s sincerity about the situation with Sloan makes you wonder about all the rumors surrounding what went down this week, and whether there’s more ugliness to come out. Malone certainly seems willing to chase it out.

  1. mdpickles - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Deron Williams +1, Jerry Sloan 0, Karl Malone -1. The players in the NBA now have more power than coaches, GM’s, owners and David Stern. What a league.

  2. thestudiokida - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Karl Malone needs English lessons. How could anybody respect a coach who can’t speak?

  3. goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    There’s a big difference between quitting and knowing when you’re beaten. Sloan knew that.

  4. virumque - Feb 13, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    I agree with Karl Malone. It’s my belief that Jerry Sloane was fired and is covering it up. It’s his one last service to the franchise.

    It’s also my belief that the sooner the Jazz get rid of Williams the sooner they can start building a decent team again. He’s is not that good. He is NOT better than Nash for example. Also he might be a problem in the locker room. Maybe he can’t be traded?

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