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Utah Jazz to honor Jerry Sloan with jersey retirement

Dec 10, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

This is as it should be.

On Jan. 31 next year the Jazz are going to retire a number in honor of Jerry Sloan.

For 23 years  Sloan was the Utah Jazz — not the face of it (that would be John Stockton and Karl Malone) but the driving force behind a franchise that played smart, intense basketball. Even in the years their talent was down they were a tough night on the schedule, with their committment to a flex offense and hard-nosed defense. His teams had a 60.3 percent winning percentage over 26 seasons (he spent three in Chicago prior to coming to Utah).

Sloan was old-school tough and his teams reflected that night in and night out. They were gritty. In their best years they were a legitimate foil to Michael Jordan’s Bulls.

Great video tribute above. Great decision by the Jazz.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    They have no shame, the way the treated this man, he should run them over with his tractor.
    They just want to fill the arena, he shouldn’t show up.

  2. blackmike2 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    “…old school tough.” i’ve always maintained that if spree had choked (that is, had tried to choke) sloan instead of p.j., he’d never have been able to play another minute in the nba.

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