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  1. The day the Jazz died

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:16 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Just yesterday, it seemed there were only two possible outcomes to Deron Williams’ future. Either he would do what LeBron James and Chris Bosh wouldn’t and re-sign with the only team he’s ever known. Or, amid season-long speculation, Williams would fail to assure its residents of his desire…

  2. Jerry Sloan says no, he is not coming out of retirement

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

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    You can almost picture Jerry Sloan taking this call from a reporter and in the middle of it yelling “you kids get off my lawn.” The old school coach who walked away two weeks ago told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse he is not returning to the Utah Jazz now that Deron Williams has been traded…

  3. Deron Williams denies report he plans to go to New York

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    You knew this was coming on All-Star Sunday like you knew Kobe Bryant was going to try and win the MVP and Blake Griffin would dunk the ball. Deron Williams denied a report that he plans to follow Amar’e Stoudemire to New York after his contract expires. He denied it directly to Ken Berger of…

  4. Report: Deron Williams tells associates he wants to go to New York

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    It’s news that will make you bang your head against a wall, because another cycle is starting before the Melodrama has even ended. It is a report that by Sunday night you can be certain Deron Williams will have denied strenuously multiple times. But according to Ken Berger at CBSSports, Williams is talking about getting…

  5. Rick Adelman sympathizes with Jerry Sloan’s situation

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When Jerry Sloan resigned this week, the reaction was almost unanimous across the league: shock. Sloan was an institution, someone who had always been on that sideline, week in and week out, year in and year out, for the Jazz and now, midseason, he was just gone. Just… gone. It created a moment for players…

  6. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

  7. What will the Jazz look like under Tyrone Corbin?

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    Jerry Sloan

    When Tyrone Corbin Friday night starts to stand on the shoulders of Jerry Sloan (as owner Gail Miller said so eloquently Thursday), what will the Utah Jazz look like? Well, probably not all that different at first. Even if Corbin wanted to overhaul the system — and as a long-time Jazz assistant that’s unlikely —…

  8. Video: Jerry Sloan retirement press conference

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    We’ve told you what Jerry Sloan said. We’ve given you analysis. We’ve told you what Deron Williams said. And pretty soon we’ll be looking at what’s next for the Jazz. But for now, hear what the man himself said at his going away press conference Thursday. Whatever the circumstances of his departure, Sloan was all…

  9. Deron Williams: “I would never force Coach Sloan out”

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:39 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    You’ve seen the reports — the relationship between Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan led to the post-game meeting with the team owner and GM Wednesday night, a meeting that by Thursday morning had Sloan stepping down after 23 seasons as the Jazz coach. Williams said it was not like that in an interview with 1320…

  10. Jerry Sloan: “My time is up and I’d like to move on.”

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Friday night, for the first time since the Regan administration, Jerry Sloan is going to have a night off on the night of a Utah Jazz game. What is he going to do? “I’ll be like a dizzy duck,” he said, a classically homespun like from Sloan at his exit press conference Thursday afternoon. Thursday…

  11. Trying to keep Deron Williams, Jazz jettison Jerry Sloan. It won’t work.

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    The Utah Jazz’s ownership didn’t want to lose its superstar, so it jettisoned its icon. And that’s not going to work. It’s not as simple as point guard Deron Williams wanted Jerry Sloan gone so the Utah Jazz kicked the old coach out the door to make him happy. It’s much messier than that and…

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

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    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…

  13. Something strange is going on in Utah. What? No idea yet.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Interesting developments out of Utah after the loss to the Bulls last night, which means we have one eye on Salt Lake City today. Jerry 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, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Derrick Rose bests Deron Williams in the clutch

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Utah Jazz

    What you missed while playing a sad, sad song for the end of Guitar Hero… Bulls 91, Jazz 86: At the end of this one Deron Williams and Derrick Rose were putting on a clinic. Two of the best pick and roll ball handlers in the league were slicing defenses with drives, dicing them up…

  15. Carlos Boozer to be enemy No. 1 in return to Utah Wednesday

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

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    No, they will not be saying Booooooozer. Fans at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City are going to unleash their venom on Carlos Boozer as he returns as a member of the Bulls to take on the Jazz Wednesday night. Boozer said it’s not going to bother him. “It’s all Booooz to me,” he…

  16. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  17. MRI confirms Deron Williams wrist just strained

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Who knows when we’ll get to see Deron Williams back on the court, but at least the Jazz know there is nothing seriously wrong. Wrist specialist Dr. Steve Huish reviewed the MRI results and examined Williams and reached the same conclusion that the previous doctors had — it’s jut a strain, according to the Salt…

  18. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  19. Deron Williams out for Jazz Friday against Minnesota

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    The good news is Deron Williams sore wrist has no structural damage — an MRI came back negative, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The bad news is his wrist was too sore to grip a basketball at shootaround Friday and he said he would not play against Minnesota, according to a tweet from Steve…

  20. It’s time to talk about Al Jefferson’s defense

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Nazr Mohammed, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    The Utah Jazz have had a tough road trip. They lost all five games on the trip, gave up 96 or more points in all five losses, lost to the 76ers, Wizards, and Nets, and lost to the Celtics and Lakers by a combined 53 points. The team’s record is currently 27-18, but their win…

  21. Video: Lamar Odom with the rainbow circus shot

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

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    Pretty much everything was working for the Lakers against the Jazz Tuesday. Case in point: This prayer, rainbow arch shot from Lamar Odom. No way that falls, except of course it does for the Lakers on this night. Really, this shot was the highlight of a game that was over early.

  22. Tim Duncan is fine, expected to play Wednesday in Utah

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    This is just going to fuel the “Tim Duncan is the ultimate basketball-playing robot and not human” conspiracy theory (those people are crazy and would better be served proving how the moon landings didn’t happen). Tim Duncan left in the second quarter of the Spurs Tuesday night win over the Warriors after his knee buckled…

  23. Could Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony situation?

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Next season, Deron Williams will make a cool $16.4 million. The year after that he will make a cool $17.8 million to lead the Utah Jazz — if he picks up his player option. Utah has been a frustrating place for Williams this season. They started out the season hot, as the cardiac kids winning…

  24. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  25. John Wall asks coach to fine him when he sulks

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    John Wall played maybe his best game of the season Monday. Matched up on the elite Deron Williams of Utah, Wall had 19 points (7-of-12 shooting) and a career high 15 assists — one of those a pass to Nick Young in the corner to seal the win with a three. Wall did a good…

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