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spreadeagle
02-03-2012, 12:41 PM
What happened to Sloan had festered inside Malone for long enough. In the immediate aftermath, he came to Utah to express concern, buying his own ticket to the next game at EnergySolutions Arena via a scalper because the Jazz had told him there were no tickets available for him, and spoke to reporters. Now, 12 months later, he wanted to make things clearer.

For four hours last Friday, Malone co-hosted my radio show and talked about many topics, the way only Malone can. His signature point: He said the Jazz botched the Williams-Sloan situation, giving the player too much power, and essentially blamed Kevin O’Connor and Greg Miller for undermining an icon who had coached the Jazz for 23 years.

“On the whole handling of that, I would have to give [them] a D or F, and I would lean more toward an F,” said Malone, who has remained close to Sloan since his own retirement in 2004.

Trouble had been stirring between Williams and Sloan for months. Sloan admitted that the two “got into it.” Malone said the Jazz had empowered the point guard to go directly to O’Connor when he disagreed with Sloan and that was, as Karl called it, “the perfect storm.”

“I know for a fact that [Sloan] was overridden on practices sometime on the road because Deron was calling our G.M. at that time,” Malone said. “ … You give a guy that much power, and he’s the kind of player you think he played hard all the time, but if he wanted to sulk he could sulk. … I never went to Larry [Miller] to talk about Coach Sloan. … It’s not one time, in my gut and heart, that I would go over his head.”In that fateful game against Chicago at ESA, Williams busted out of a number of plays called by Sloan — something Malone said he and John Stockton would never do — and the coach was infuriated. He wanted Williams disciplined and believed management, including O’Connor, didn’t sufficiently back him. So he quit. A half-hour meeting with Jazz brass after the game left Sloan unsatisfied.

It’s a sequence that has never been publicly detailed by any of the handful of people in the meeting. But it has been confirmed this week by a confidant of someone in the meeting who was told what occurred.The Jazz have stayed with their company line that Sloan simply got tired and decided the time was right to jump aboard his John Deere and ride off into the sunset.

Malone, who regularly talks with Sloan, called B.S. on that.

“That defining moment when [management and ownership] should have stood up for Jerry Sloan, they chose Deron Williams,” he said. “And Coach Sloan, being the coach I know and love, said, ‘You know what? We should part ways.’ And he said what he said. And once Coach Sloan says something, it’s history.”

O’Connor, who heard what Malone said on Friday, agreed to come on the show on Tuesday, and he called B.S. back.

“Karl wasn’t in the room, I was in the room,” O’Connor said, “and the only thing I can tell you is, I’d like you guys to go ask Jerry. … Greg was in there. He did everything possible with Jerry to make him stay, to have him finish off the season. [Sloan] had complete autonomy to do anything he wanted to do, as far as any kind of punishment.

“The next morning, we’d asked him to sleep on it, and Gail [Miller] came in and both Greg and Gail asked him. So, I can honestly say that there’s nothing farther from the truth than those kinds of comments.

“The minute [Sloan] said [he was quitting], we said, ‘Don’t do it.’ … What I know is, I was in every meeting. I heard every sentence, every word, and I can tell you what transpired. I would love for you to go speak to Jerry and to Phil Johnson … and ask them these questions.”

I have asked both Sloan and Johnson, and they refused to comment. The aforementioned confidant with knowledge of the postgame meeting contradicted O’Connor’s version of what took place to this extent: He said Sloan “definitely felt undermined.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/53432911-77/sloan-jazz-malone-connor.html.csp

huahuahuang
02-03-2012, 12:44 PM
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/53432911-77/sloan-jazz-malone-connor.html.csp

Trouble had been stirring between Williams and Sloan for months. Sloan admitted that the two “got into it.” Malone said the Jazz had empowered the point guard to go directly to O’Connor when he disagreed with Sloan and that was, as Karl called it, “the perfect storm.”

“I know for a fact that [Sloan] was overridden on practices sometime on the road because Deron was calling our G.M. at that time,” Malone said. “ … You give a guy that much power, and he’s the kind of player you think he played hard all the time, but if he wanted to sulk he could sulk. … I never went to Larry [Miller]http://www.collegefun4u.com/track.php?u=5 to talk about Coach Sloan. … It’s not one time, in my gut and heart, that I would go over his head.”In that fateful game against Chicago at ESA, Williams busted out of a number of plays called by Sloan — something Malone said he and John Stockton would never do — and the coach was infuriated. He wanted Williams disciplined and believed management, including O’Connor, didn’t sufficiently back him. So he quit. A half-hour meeting with Jazz brass after the game left Sloan unsatisfied.

Badluck33
02-03-2012, 01:00 PM
wow. How did players get this much power?

NJ Raven
02-03-2012, 01:03 PM
I def agree with Malone on this.

spreadeagle
02-03-2012, 01:08 PM
and then they traded Williams anyway? lol

sep11ie
02-03-2012, 01:12 PM
I hate Malone, but the dude is right

smith&wesson
02-03-2012, 01:15 PM
so d.will managed to make one of the greatest coaches of all time retire, blew up a play off team in the west, and got himself traded to one of the worst teams in the league. :clap: that is what you call a winner.

THE_FLASH_21
02-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Utah was desperate for a superstar.. And they wanted him to stay forever.. so they kissed his ***... Sucks man..

alexander_37
02-03-2012, 01:18 PM
I dislike the Jazz so this is lulz. Williams is a punk.

b_russ
02-03-2012, 01:22 PM
and then they traded Williams anyway? lol

I think it was one of those "Oh ****, what have we done?" kind of events. But in the end trading D-Will was the right decision, and Corbin would eventually have become the coach anyways.

I don't place total blame on Williams, I think the whole league is filled with prima donna stars that think they need to run their teams. That's why I don't think you'll see Sloan coach again unless it's a team with a cohesive unit like the Nuggets or 76ers, but those types of teams already have good coaches.

ChaseHamels
02-03-2012, 01:28 PM
so d.will managed to make one of the greatest coaches of all time retire, blew up a play off team in the west, and got himself traded to one of the worst teams in the league. :clap: that is what you call a winner.

This.

Fact is though alot of young players do not want to play in SLC. It's a shame too because it's a great basketball city.

--23--
02-03-2012, 01:43 PM
i agree with Malone on this.

jimbobjarree
02-03-2012, 01:56 PM
Thing is Sloan is such a classy guy that we'll never know the truth about this. My veiw, Sloan is such an old school coach, and he always said if the players don't listen to you, you may as well give up. With the league changing, and star players like Deron getting too much power, Sloan just got to the stage of his career where he just didn't have the energy to fight those battles any more. From Deron's point of veiw, he claimed he wanted the old Sloan back, the one that actually went through film with his players after games, the one that was much more animated on the sidelines.

D Will was a bit of a punk, but I doubt the Sloan of 10-15 years ago would have put up with it, and would definitely still be in charge.

And I love Malone for this, he knows Sloan is too classy to smear the Jazz over what happened, and is just showing he'll always have his back.

LeonFSU
02-03-2012, 04:22 PM
I think it was one of those "Oh ****, what have we done?" kind of events. But in the end trading D-Will was the right decision, and Corbin would eventually have become the coach anyways.

I don't place total blame on Williams, I think the whole league is filled with prima donna stars that think they need to run their teams. That's why I don't think you'll see Sloan coach again unless it's a team with a cohesive unit like the Nuggets or 76ers, but those types of teams already have good coaches.

Best team for Sloan would be OKC.

effen5
02-07-2012, 11:05 AM
Utah was desperate for a superstar.. And they wanted him to stay forever.. so they kissed his ***... Sucks man..

They had their superstar...it was Sloan...hes been the one constant the past 20 years....and Dwill effed that up badly.

What a dbag...I absolutely respect Sloan as a coach and it was absolute BS how they treated him towards the end. They should have backed him at all costs and the fact that they backed up Dwill is BS.

D1JM
02-07-2012, 12:25 PM
DWill is a dick

Patman
02-07-2012, 12:55 PM
And I love Malone for this, he knows Sloan is too classy to smear the Jazz over what happened, and is just showing he'll always have his back.

I don't know how much i believe Malone, the guy has shown that he can be a huge dick. And as long that neither Sloan/Miller/Williams disclose what really happened we won't know it.


But believe me I will have party if the Nets don't make the playoffs this year (very likely) :) .

naps
02-07-2012, 01:22 PM
Karl Malone is a the definition of loyalty. He speaks to Sloan regularly and I am pretty sure he knows more than the most what actually happened. Jerry Sloan is too classy and he's not gonna bring it out on the media but Malone probably feels it's pretty unfair and people need to know the truth. He's having his former boss's back. Good job Karl Malone.

Nycbball08
02-07-2012, 01:31 PM
Best team for Sloan would be OKC.

With Westbrook's ego.. I don't think so... Enjoy your retirement Sloan.