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Jazz owner admits Sloan quit after another fight with Deron Williams

Jun 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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Didn’t we all pretty much know this is how it went down?

There has always been a bit of a cloud of mystery around Jerry Sloan’s sudden mid-season departure from the Utah Jazz a couple years back (followed by Deron Williams getting traded away a few weeks later). Sloan and D-Will were at loggerheads often enough, that always seemed at the core of it.

Utah Jazz owner and CEO Greg Miller confirmed that in some detail for the first time this week, speaking with the Associated Press.

Miller said it started when Sloan and Deron Williams got into an argument at halftime about the final play before the half. Sloan walked away from the team toward his office and past Miller, saying: “I’d like to have a word with you after the game.”

Williams shot back, “Yeah, I want to be in the meeting too.”

“Do you want me to quit right now,” Sloan replied.

After the game (a Jazz loss to the Bulls) Miller said he went into Sloan’s office to have that meeting.

“Jerry, I know this is frustrating,” Miller said. “But we’re just going to have to muscle through it.”

“I’ve been at this a long time and there is nothing left in the tank,” Miller recalled Sloan saying. “I think I’m done.”

“C’mon, Jerry,” Miller said.

“No, I’m serious,” Sloan said. “I’m out of gas.”

And that was it. Sloan walked away, Tyron Corbin became the coach and a few weeks later Williams was shipped to the Nets.

The Jazz have now brought back Sloan in a consultant’s role, which is a good fit for both sides. But the Jazz still need a point guard and are still trying to reshape their roster in the wake of that shakeup (they have a lot of questions with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap as free agents this summer).

  1. andyhr17 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Deron Williams = Coach Killer.

    Sad they waited until AFTER he forced Sloan out to trade him.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Today’s NBA: fixed officiating and prima donnas disrespecting talented coaches. Thank you, Mr. Stern!!

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I can see Kidd and Williams butting heads next season.

  3. shackdelrio - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    One day someone will write a book about all of the playoff success that Deron Williams has had.

    Shortest book ever.

    • patfic15 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Chapter 1: He was there.
      Chapter 2. He was gone.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      a pamphlet

      • caeser12 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        A flyer.

  4. pmx8411 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Jerry Sloan then Avery….good luck to the next coach, keep your bags PACKED lmfao…

  5. ji8888 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Deron is a diva.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Which makes sense why he wanted to team up with Dwight Howard.

  6. chargerdillon - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Deron Williams isn’t even that good

  7. azarkhan - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    NBA owners have it ass backwards when they let players run the team.

  8. runthepicketfence - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sloan is one of the most underrated coaches of all time. Too bad the Jazz didn’t send Deron packing earlier. The “milkman” wasn’t up to taking over the reins.

  9. urodaddy07 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    The real problem is owners and GMs who give their players way too much say. After you’ve hired a coach, the coach you want, then let him coach. Players should be fined heavily for insubordination to their coaches. Its fine to argue, but players like D. Will and Rondo take it a bit too far.

  10. lenbias34pt - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Sorry, but i have to know, What does Deron do to his hair?

    • remmsterr - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Lol I would say some type of hair product and a wave cap.

  11. freepretzels - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Why is this a player’s league again?

    • paleihe - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Because they’re the ones that you pay to watch.

      You don’t spend money to watch Phil Jackson, Pop, Sloan, or anyone else coach. You go to watch the players play. That’s why it’s a players league. They’re the ones that sell the tickets.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      The other comment is dead on about why it’s a players league. Being that there are only 5 guys going against 5 others, a star player is able to effect the game so much more than when he is only one of 11 on the field or one of 9 on the field.

      Also, in basketball, a star player can play in the high 30 minutes per game out of 48 mins per game and play both offense and defense.

      Tom Brady doesn’t play defense.

      In MLB, a star only gets around 4 at bats per game. His team has around 37 at bats total. In baseball it’s so much easier to go an entire game without a ball being hit your way when you play defense, or only 1 or 2 times.

      So basically in basketball, the stars are heavily involved in the game, on both ends of the floor and for 75% of the game or so.

      NBA stars effect the games they play in more than stars effect the games they play in in other sports.

      • kehnn13 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        And yet, I remember the Lakers before Phil Jackson coached there (in the 90s). Maybe they drew fans, but they sure couldn’t win championships.

  12. northstarnic - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Typical entitled, punk athlete that doesn’t have the capacity to respect his coach, even if it is a coach as established and respected as Sloan. NBA at its finest.

  13. JMClarkent - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I wonder how Sloan feels about this getting out? He has always been an “in house” guy; for years he has denied that it had to do with Deron.

    It seems odd to wait until he is back in the fold to release this info (unless he consented, which is 180 degrees out of character)…

  14. kanemoney - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Dwight or D-will or CP3 – who wins the coach killer award? Tie?

  15. ndrick731 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The stars are who you go to see huh. Well I am only interested in seeing my team compete for a championship. And a team that has players as overrated and selfish as Williams will never win one. Let the inmates run the asylum and you get what you deserve. Simple solution with this type of player is to just keep suspending him over and over until he gets in line. When it effects his wallet to the extent that his lifestyle is compromised he will fall in line. Instead these teams encourage this behavior by giving into their demands. Others teams then trade for this human garbage and think that things will change with a change if scenery. Most of these jack ass’s would either be in jail or hanging off the back of a trash truck without their sports ability.

  16. spankygreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I always find it hard to believe a little snot nosed kid can get a coach, a seasoned well respected coach fired. The owners have responsibility in this, and also the GM….If a coach lets a player, any player get him fired, then in my mind he’s not much of a coach.. Can you imagine let’s say a player getting Popovich or Phil Jackson fired?

    It’s easy to blame players but I think there is plenty to go around….

    A player, any Player = a coach killer….huh., I’ll show you a weak coach….

    • tubal22 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      He didn’t get him fired…

  17. raycharlesj - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    And people called Doc Rivers a quitter at least he waited until the end of the season to bail on the Celtics.

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