Remember earlier this season when Jazz legend Karl Malone and Jazz owner Greg Miller were feuding over how the firing of Jerry Sloan went down and loyalty within the organization. Thing is the Sloan issue was a year old and Sloan himself had to tell them to shut up already.
Well, if all of that slipped your mind don’t worry about it.
Miller and Malone have buried the hatchet and moved on, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Miller and Malone exchanged smiles and warmly embraced Wednesday night in an EnergySolutions tunnel, minutes before the Jazz tipped off against the Phoenix Suns.
“Karl and I have got it worked out and everything’s good,” Miller said.
The reunion came not so coincidentally on the night David Stern was in Salt Lake City — he had asked that the two resolve their dispute as well. Malone and Miller had a 75-minute meeting back in February, and between whatever was said then and some time to cool down, everything seems good now. Or at least civil.
If marriage has taught me one thing, it’s to really pick your battles. This seemed a silly fight to have in the first place.
When owner Greg Miller was speaking at the press conference following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, he was very clear — Tyrone Corbin was the new coach of the Jazz. Not interim coach. Just coach.
Now he has put his money where his mouth is, inking Corbin to a three-year deal. Terms of the deal were not released.
“I am confident that Tyrone is the right man to lead this team into the future. He is someone with longstanding ties to the Jazz and this community, and who has embraced the core philosophies and ideals this organization holds true. I feel that his character and leadership qualities will be true assets to the Jazz moving forward for many years to come,” Miller said in a released statement.
“Ty has 16 years of experience in this league as a player and has spent the last seven seasons working here as an assistant coach,” said Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said in the same statement. “He is ready for this job and we feel certain he will excel as a head coach just as he excelled as an assistant coach and as a player.”
The Jazz are a rebuilding team, it’s a very different thing than what Sloan coached for many years. They got some nice pieces in the D-Will trade, but they are rebuilding. We will see how Corbin is able to deal with that.
You can almost picture Jerry Sloan taking this call from a reporter and in the middle of it yelling “you kids get off my lawn.”
The old school coach who walked away two weeks ago told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse he is not returning to the Utah Jazz now that Deron Williams has been traded away.
“No,” Sloan said in a phone interview with FanHouse on Wednesday. “That didn’t have anything to do with it. I left on my own terms.”
In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Conner said no call had or would be placed to Sloan. He said the decision to trade Williams had nothing to do with Sloan’s departure. Owner Greg Miller hinted that the Jazz’s concern about being able to re-sign Williams, combined with concerns that a prolonged lockout next season could prevent them from trading Williams then, led them to make the trade now.
In his interview, Sloan otherwise sounded pretty much exactly what you expected him to sound like — a guy who had spent time with family and friends who got pulled back into the NBA rumor circuit for no real good reason on Wednesday. He answered the questions in his usual polite but clipped manner.
Sloan is also one coach you could always picture stepping into retirement easily and not looking back when it was time.
“It’s a different lifestyle,” said Sloan, who said he plans to keep his primary residence in Salt Lake City but will continue to make trips to his farm. “But I’m enjoying it.”