The news is all over the net, and Derrick Rose has sent his second coach this year to the unemployment line. Granted, Sloan seemed to tire of the job moreso than to get let go by ownership, but I love the fact that Rose is the one pushing them in that direction.
The increasingly contentious relationship between Sloan and Williams boiled over when they clashed at halftime of a loss to the Chicago Bulls
on Wednesday night. The showdown between Sloan and Williams became so
heated on Wednesday, at least two Jazz players feared that the coach and
star could come to blows - even though the confrontation ended before
reaching that point.
Did ownership force him out? It doesn't seem like they directly forced him out, but it seems apparent that they begun to undermine him in their quest to make sure Deron Williams continues on with the Jazz.
I'm going to make a not so bold prediction. Deron Williams leaves the Jazz, and they go on to suck balls for an extended period of time at which point we'll view them like we any of the small market teams without a superstar (Cleveland, Milwaukee, Charlotte, etc) as a team with little hope of ever turning it around.
Still, I can't say the Jazz will regret letting Sloan go if they helped force that direction and it wasn't simply his decision. He's an all-time great coach, already enshrined in the hall of fame, but sometimes you need a new voice. Players seem to lack respect for guys old enough to be their grandfather, and I'm sure his relatability has taken a dip over time.
It will be weird watching the Jazz without Sloan, and it's a shame he never won the coach of the year. It's even more bizarre that he left in the midst of season that would end in a playoff run. Still, every era comes to an end, and if it wasn't now, the end was soon. It seems fitting for it to end against the Bulls, the same team that gave him his start and kept him from a ring.
Good luck Jerry, in whatever direction life takes you from here.