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Posted at 1:46 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Report: Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan, assistant will resign

By Cindy Boren

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and assistant coach Phil Johnson will announce their resignation at a press conference later today, according to report by KSL radio and the Salt Lake City Tribune.

"A dark day for the NBA with Jerry Sloan gone," Jeff Van Gundy told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnaroski. "There won't be another like him."

Sloan had signed a one-year contract extension earlier this week. The longest-tenured NBA coach, Sloan, 68, replaced Frank Layden on Dec. 9, 1988.

After the Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, something clearly was brewing when Sloan did not immediately emerge to talk to the media. He reportedly had been in a discussion with general manager Kevin O'Connor. From Brian Smith of the Tribune:

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.

Wojnaroski writes that Sloan's relationship with Deron Williams was at the heart of the problem. As the relationship between the two deteriorated, Sloan grew tired of dealing with Williams. "He decided right there in halftime that he was done," a league source told Wojnaroski. "He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done."

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 1:46 PM ET
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Comments

Wow. Sloan was an NBA coach when Reagan was president. That's a long time - but all good things must end. Jazz had some great years during his tenure - with the mailman malone and stockton - but couldn't get past the bulls.

Posted by: SantaFeDave | February 10, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz need to scoop up Jerry Sloan with the quickness!!

Imagine John Wall and the Big Men on the team learning how to run a real Pick and Roll from the master himself!!

I think I just peed my pants a little....

Posted by: SkinsFanVJ | February 10, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sloan...a wonderful coach! Makes me feel older...seeing Jerry retire. Dang. The game is going to miss him.

Posted by: RobMc1 | February 10, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So, Bobby Cox and Jeff Fisher are gone, which leaves -- off the top of my head and not certain of the order yet -- Gregg Popovich Tony La Russa, Lindy Ruff and Andy Reid as longest-tenured pro coaches. Who might I be missing?

Posted by: Cindy Boren | February 10, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Who is Deron Williams ?

Posted by: isthatallthereis | February 10, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Another case of the inmates running the assylum Deron Williams and the Jazz will be lucky to qualify for the playoff's with Sloan gone.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 10, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree to kick Flip and get Sloan, those guys will stop playing soft.

Posted by: paparulo | February 10, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Univ. of Texas success this year with no players who are likely to become NBA stars a la Durant or even Aldridge is actually due to Sloan.

To Rick Barnes' great credit, he went to visit Sloan in the off season and spent time learning how to teach pick-and-roll, and then taught it to his team.

Sloan has been one of the great coaches at any level in any sport, and I wish him a long happy semi-retirement, teaching clinics to other coaches.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 10, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see folks note quality when they see it. the guy is a great coach. Utah has always been competitive with half the talent of many elite teams.

Don't know what's going on in Utah, but Sloane ain't the problem. They have lost some talent there over the years. Boozer is a small PF, but he was a baller. Al Jefferson is a nice big, but frankly the games i have seen him he does not know how to play at a high level. That is very notable since he has played on losing NBA teams for so long. I see a lot of similarity with the Wiz young bigs. Just like Jefferson they don't know positioning, the importance of possessing the ball, how to finish, etc.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 10, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Sloan to coach the Wiz? From your lips to God's ear. It would be amazing to see what a top coach like Sloan (instead of a hack like Flip) could do with a team that, let's face it, isn't the most talented. They wouldn't be 0 for the road, I promise you that. Jerry Sloan may be old, but he's forgotten more hoops than Flip ever knew.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 10, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree to kick Flip and get Sloan, those guys will stop playing soft.

Posted by: paparulo | F

Then when the wizards dont win you will be saying get rid of sloan, the game has passed him by. Wizards fans are soo fickle.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 10, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Relax people, Sloan is NOT coming here to coach the Wiz....You think he is retarded??? No veteran coach would come here if and when Flip is fired...

It will be some asst. coach trying to make his bones...

Deron Williams now has a target on his back...Sloan is well loved in Utah and will NEVER forgive Williams and Williams will be bad news to any competitive team even thinking about acquiring him...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 10, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Relax people, Sloan is NOT coming here to coach the Wiz....You think he is retarded??? No veteran coach would come here if and when Flip is fired...

It will be some asst. coach trying to make his bones...

Deron Williams now has a target on his back...Sloan is well loved in Utah and will NEVER forgive Williams and Williams will be bad news to any competitive team even thinking about acquiring him...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 10, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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