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Jerry Sloan Resigns, Tyrone Corbin Becomes Utah's First New Head Coach Since 1988

Jerry Sloan will reportedly resign in a press conference later today after coaching the Utah Jazz for 23 years. He was the current longest-tenured coach in American professional sports.

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Utah Jazz Star Deron Williams Discusses Jerry Sloan's Resignation, Downplays Rocky Relationship

Deron Williams made his first public comments since Jerry Sloan's resignation yesterday as the Utah Jazz's head coach, responding to reports that his supposed rocky relationship with Sloan helped push the coach into retirement. In an interview on KFAN 1320 in Utah, Williams said he was shocked that Sloan resigned, especially in the middle of the season. (Quotes via SB Nation's Jazz blog SLC Dunk).

On Sloan's resignation: It sucks.  I didn't think he would do it in the middle of the season

Williams also downplayed reports that he nearly came to blows with Sloan at halftime on Wednesday, Sloan's last game. He responded sarcastically, saying that "Chris Broussard and all those guys are obviously in our locker room every day, so they must be experts." More seriously, he did admit that he and Sloan have had "disagreements over the years," but said that's common in the NBA.

We're both competitive, we're both very stubborn, we both want to win    

Williams did end up concedeing that there was a disagreement at halftime, but said he's had worse ones with Sloan and that Sloan has had worse ones with other players. He later said point blank that he had nothing to do with Sloan's resignation and would never "force" Sloan out.

"I would never force coach Sloan out of Utah. He's given more to this town than I have, by far."


Utah Jazz Forward C.J. Miles Reacts To Jerry Sloan Resignation: 'I Still Can't Believe It Actually Went Down'

Jerry Sloan resigned as the coach of the Utah Jazz on Thursday, but no players were in attendance at the legend's farewell press conference in Salt Lake City. One Jazz player, however, did take to Twitter to react to the news.

C.J. Miles, a Jazz wing, expressed disbelief at Sloan's abrupt departure. (We took the liberty of cleaning up the tweetspeak.)

"Man I still can't believe it actually went down. I was sure that it was gonna be squashed today and he wouldn't do it but ... All we can do is move on and keep playing."

Sloan said at his press conference that he hadn't had an opportunity to talk to his players once the decision to step down was made. He said he ran into Jazz guard Ronnie Price at the arena just before the press conference, but that had been the extent of his contact.

Tyrone Corbin was named Sloan's replacement, and Miles did have some words of encouragement for the longtime Jazz assistant.

"But I really do think Coach Ty will be a great Coach! Scratch that: I know he will."

NBA commissioner David Stern also released a statement, which is outside the norm when it comes to coaching changes. (Sloan's tenure and significance is obviously outside the norm, too.)

"Few people have epitomized all the positives of team sports more than Jerry Sloan," Stern's statement reads. "A basketball lifer, Jerry was as relentless in his will to win on the sidelines for the Utah Jazz as he was as an All-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls. In over two decades as a coach, he taught his players that nothing was more important than the team. His most impressive qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary ability to encourage his players to subjugate their individual games for the benefit of the whole. Two trips to The Finals and over 1,200 regular-season victories more than validate his philosophy."


Jerry Sloan Officially Resigns As Utah Jazz Head Coach

Saying "it's time to move on," Jerry Sloan officially announced his resignation as Utah Jazz head coach after 23 years in an emotional press conference in Salt Lake City. The longtime head coach said he was thinking about resigning after last night's Jazz loss to the Bulls, slept on it and ultimately made up his mind this morning.

"When it's all said it done, it's just a matter of me deciding it's time to leave, not to make a big deal out of it.  I try not to make a big deal out of most things anyway," Sloan said.

Sloan, who resigned along with longtime assistant coach Phil Johnson, remained understated throughout the press conference, cracking jokes to relieve the obvious pain on his face. He denied reports that he was pushed outbecause of a halftime dispute with Deron Williams, his star player. 

"I've had confrontations with players since I've been in the league," he said. "But those things are minor as far as going forward. It is what it is."

"I've never had a team that's done everything I wished out on the court, that's with good teams and bad teams," he said later."I don't think teams ever bat 100 percent about what you want them to do on the court."

Greg Miller, the owner of the team, echoed those sentiments.

"Nobody pushed Jerry or Phil out," Miller said. "No players pushed him out. [General Manager] Kevin O'Conner didn't push him out, I didn't push him out and no coaches pushed him out."

Miller said that Sloan came to him in the morning before shootaround to inform him of his decision. This was one night after Sloan kept the media waiting for over 30 minutes while he had a conversation with O'Connor in his office. 

In Sloan's place, the Jazz announced that current assistant Tyrone Corbin will become the team's next head coach. Corbin said he could not bring himself to celebrate his promotion.

"I look forward to the opportunity,"Corbin said. "But right now, I don't think this should be about me."

Sloan said he will not take another coaching job, joking that the only job he would take was with his wife at home. When asked whether he thought this day would come, he joked that "I entered every day thinking this would be my last day. I know that's kind of corny, but I'm a corny guy."

Sloan leaves as the former longest-tenured coach in American professional sports at the time, starting with the Jazz in 1988/89.


Tyrone Corbin Named Utah Jazz Coach, Replacing Jerry Sloan

As Jerry Sloan formally announced his resignation at a press conference Thursday, the Utah Jazz named Tyrone Corbin the team's new coach. Corbin is in his seventh season with the Jazz, having previously played in the NBA for 15 years (including a stint in Utah).

Sloan's longtime top assistant Phil Johnson resigned, as well, leaving Corbin, who has been considered a top coaching prospect and interviewed with the New Orleans Hornets last summer, to ascend to the top spot. But Corbin's promotion came amid about the most surreal retirement announcement since Magic Johnson. Corbin, sharing the stage with Sloan, Johnson, Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor and Jazz owner Greg Miller (among others), looked like he wanted to disappear.

"For me, this is a bittersweet moment," Corbin said in his introductory remarks. "I had no idea going into shootaround yesterday that the game last night and coming in this morning, that coach and Phil wouldn't be with us in the morinng for shootaround. While it's a great moment for me, it's a bitter moment for me because I will miss these guys. A lot.

"Right now, I don't feel as great as it's going to be, I guess."

Questions about why Sloan decided to step down hovered over the press conference. Sloan took over the team in 1988, and has one losing season in his Jazz career. There have been suggestions spats between the coach and Utah's star guard Deron Williams led to Sloan's exit. Corbin is said to have a strong relationship with Williams and other Jazz players.

But he didn't want to talk about any of it, not with a legend saying his goodbyes two seats over.

"I look forward to the opportunity, but right now, I don't think this should be about me," Corbin said.


Jerry Sloan Resigns As Utah Jazz Coach, Ending 23-Year Tenure

Jerry Sloan has confirmed to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse that he has resigned as head coach of the Utah Jazz. News about Sloan's exit from the team he's led since 1988 broke earlier Thursday. The Jazz have scheduled a 5 PM Eastern press conference to announced the decision and the expected promotion of Utah assistant coach Tyrone Corbin.

Sloan was in his 23rd season as Utah's head coach. While he's never won a Coach of the Year award, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 with longtime point guard John Stockton. Unfortunately enough, it has been reported that clashes with his current All-Star point guard -- Deron Williams -- led to Sloan's exit.

Sloan told Tomasson that the reports are true and that his career as head coach of the Jazz is over.

Sloan confirmed the surprising news to FanHouse's Chris Tomasson when reached by phone Thursday. "We're just moving forward and that's it," he said. Sloan declined to address rumors that a rift with point guard Deron Williams contributed to his departure.

Phil Johnson, Sloan's top assisitant coach for the entire Jazz tenure, will also step down.


Jerry Sloan, Deron Williams Nearly Came To Blows During Halftime Argument, According To Report

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who will resign today, and his point guard Deron Williams had an argument so heated during halftime of the team's Wednesday loss to the Chicago Bulls that witness thought they might come to blows, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Sloan's pending resignation sent shock and ... well, more shock through the NBA on Thursday. The Jazz have a 5 PM Eastern news conference scheduled to formally announce Sloan's departure. Quickly after news of Sloan's exit spread, Wojnarowski and other reporters began reporting on a halftime blow-up between the tenured coach and Williams.

Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday night on odd goings-on following the Jazz's loss. Sloan took more than 30 minutes to meet with the media -- far longer than usual -- due to an immediate post-game closed-door meeting with Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor. Sloan told Smith that the team would discuss the meeting on Thursday, and O'Connor wasn't made available.

Sloan spent more than 30 minutes behind closed doors before finally speaking with the media. He was clearly disturbed during the initial portion of his postgame interview, and quickly answered two questions about his meeting with O'Connor before saying that he would only discuss game-related queries and then trailing off in mid-sentence.

During and following the conversation involving Sloan and O'Connor, a practice scheduled for Thursday morning was abruptly canceled, forward Andrei Kirilenko emerged from the coaches' room and not the locker room, and multiple players acknowledged that there was a weird vibe after the game.

Wojnarowski now reports that during a halftime argument, Williams and Sloan were so angry that Jazz players who witnessed the showdown believed they would come to blows.

Showdown between Sloan and Williams became so heated Wednesday, at least two Jazz players feared they could come to blows. Never escalated.

Stay tuned for more on the weird and sad end to Jerry Sloan's mammoth career.


Tyrone Corbin Likely To Take Over As Utah Jazz Coach In Wake Of Jerry Sloan Resignation

Tyrone Corbin is expected to take over as the head coach of the Utah Jazz in the wake of the Thursday resignation of Jerry Sloan, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Jazz players told friends before the team's 5 PM Eastern press conference at which Sloan's resignation will be announced that they expect Corbin, a retired journeyman forward, to take over. Phil Johnson, who has been Sloan's top assistant in Utah since 1988, was also expected to resign on Thursday.

Corbin has been a hot name in coaching circles for a couple of seasons. In his seventh year as a Jazz assistant, Corbin drew heavy interest from the New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks last summer. He is said to have great relationships with current Jazz players, and a strong rapport with the media. He has never been a head coach at any level. Before joining the Jazz, he worked in the New York Knicks' front office.


Utah Jazz Assistant Coach Phil Johnson To Resign With Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan will resign as head coach of the Utah Jazz at a 5 PM Eastern press conference, according to a report from the Deseret News. But the Jazz will also lose Phil Johnson, Sloan's longtime top assistant coach. Johnson joined the Jazz as an assistant coach two days after Sloan was named head coach there. He had served as a Jazz assistant for two years before being hired as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings; he also served as an assistant under Sloan when the latter coached the Chicago Bulls.

Johnson, an Idaho native and Utah State University alum, had long been considered the Jazz's next-coach-in-waiting, but Sloan stuck around so long that Johnson's own career began to wrap up. He's pushing 70, and is unlikely to get another shot at a lead job.

As much as Sloan has been an institution in the NBA and pro sports, Johnson has been right there with him. Sloan's amazing tenure is rare, but so is Johnson's uninterrupted loyalty.


Jerry Sloan Press Conference Scheduled For 5 P.M.; Resignation Announcement Expected

Jerry Sloan will conduct a press conference at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Thursday, during which he is expected to announce his resignation as the head coach of the Utah Jazz. The press conference will occur at the Jazz's training facility, according to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The news of Sloan's resignation comes via the Deseret News in Utah. It occurs one night after Sloan had a 30-minute discussion in his office with Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor following the team's 91-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Sloan, who usually emerges quickly to talk to the media, did not come out for a long time. When he did, he appeared shaken and said that he would have news on his future in the morning.

Sloan was the longest-tenured coach in professional sports, having coached the Jazz for 23 seasons. He has only had one season in which his team finished with a losing record (2004/05, when they went 26-56), and has made the playoffs in 20 of those 23 years. 


Jerry Sloan To Resign After 23 Years As Utah Jazz Head Coach, According To Report

Earlier this week, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan announced plans to sign a one-year contract extension. Three days later, he has changed his mind. Sloan will announce that he is resigning after 23 years as the team's head coach in a press conference later today, according to a report in the Deseret News.

KSL has learned that Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and assistant coach Phil Johnson will resign at a press conference later Thursday.    

The news comes one day after Sloan and general manager Kevin O'Connor got into a dispute following the team's 91-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Sloan, who usually emerges to talk to the media immediately following the game, was instead with O'Connor in his office for over 30 minutes. When he emerged to speak to reporters, he looked "shaken up" and said that he would have an announcement about what happened in that discussion "later on," according to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The loss was the Jazz's 10th in their last 14 games following a 27-13 start. Point guard Deron Williams has expressed frustration with the state of the team on several occasions, and many believe his long-term future with the franchise is in doubt.

Sloan was the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports, having taken over the head job in the 1988/89 season. He has a career record of 1221-803, the vast majority of which came with the Jazz. 

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