Jerry Sloan Resigns: Is Deron Williams Feud To Blame?
Jerry Sloan Is No Longer the Head Coach of the Utah Jazz. Was a Jerry Sloan-Deron Williams Verbal Fight To Blame?
Jerry Sloan has quit his job as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Sloan was the NBA's longest tenured coach, having spent the last 23 seasons with the Jazz.
Why Did Jerry Sloan Resign?
Jerry Sloan's resignation comes as a bit of a surprise considering the fact that he recently signed a one-year contract extension. So why did Sloan change his mind?
Some in the media are suggesting that Sloan's strained relationship with star point guard Deron Williams may have been a factor.
Sloan and Williams reportedly got into an argument during halftime of Wednesday night's game. Over the years, Sloan has earned a reputation as a tough taskmaster and he may have butted heads with Williams.
Yahoo Sports has reported on the alleged Jerry Sloan-Deron Williams fight
“He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”
One source said Sloan had become tired of Williams “blaming everything on everyone else.” Still, Williams, who can become a free agent in the summer of 2012, has remained the Jazz’s best and most consistent player after the departure of several key teammates. Williams has always had a reputation for wanting to win badly and being a strong leader.
One reporter who covers the Jazz noted via Twitter:
"Jazz's Sloan appeared shaken up after game. Said he had a conversation with GM O'Connor. Would not discuss it."