February 11th, 2011
Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan resigned Thursday after 23 seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz.
“I had a feeling this time was the time to move on,” Sloan said at a news conference. “(That’s) a long time to be in one organization. Today is a new day. When I get this over with, I’ll feel better.”
Assistant Phil Johnson also resigned.
Sloan, who turns 69 on March 28, said stepping down was his decision, and the team had tried to talk him out of it.
Assistant Tyrone Corbin will be the next coach.
The moves come on the heels of a 91-86 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls, Utah’s 10th in 14 games.
Sloan recently signed a one-year contract extension to carry him through the 2011-12 season, but he also indicated that he would not make anything official until after this season.
The team started 15-5 but fell to 31-23 after the loss to Chicago, the only other team Sloan has coached (he was 94-121 in nearly three years with the Bulls).
Sloan is the only NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one team. His other wins came with Chicago in 1979-82.
He ranks third in NBA career wins (1,221) to Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).
Jerry Sloan was born on March 28th, 1942 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Sloan
March 28th, 1942
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