Jerry Sloan has talked to the media a lot in his Hall of Fame career. We present some of his best quotes as told to the Deseret News.
"I'm not looking for another job. My wife has a job for me when I get home."
Said Feb. 10, 2011 at the press conference where Jerry Sloan announced his resignation.
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"He draws so much attention that if you give too much help, somebody else is open; if you don't give enough help, he's got what he wants.It's kind of like Miss America. ... You know she gets what she wants."
Said in May 2010 comparing Kobe Bryant to Miss America.
"Minnesota has given us trouble from day one for whatever reason," "I don't know if we're scared of wolves or what."
Said March 2010 after the Jazz lost twice to the 14-win Timberwolves.
"My job is to win, and I told him, like anybody else: 'If I have to win with the shortest guy on the team playing your position, (so be it). I'd rather have it the other way around, if I can do it, but I have to do what I can to win."
Said following an argument between Sloan and Ostertag after Sloan benched Ostertag for picking up a few fouls early in a 2003 Jazz-Suns game.
“Hope they realize they can feed their family a lot easier playing this than playing bingo.”
Said at the 2010 Jazz training camp to Utah Jazz hopefuls.
"Size doesn't make any difference; heart is what makes a difference."
A typical Sloan pick-me-up with the kicker coming in when he related the above quote to the other team: "These guys over there want to make the playoffs more than we do."
“These guys have been criticized the last few years for not getting to where we’re going, but I’ve always said that the most important thing in sports is to keep trying. Let this be an example of what it means to say it’s never over.”
Sloan after his team defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the 1997 NBA Finals. A quote to go down as one of the classic NBA quotes on never giving up.
"I'm still not really happy with (Fesenko) being happy-go-lucky," Sloan said. "He's a young kid - and young guys have a tendency that they want to have some fun. I don't have too much of a problem with that. But it sometimes it interferes with their progress. You know, you can't jackpot around and get better.”
Said to Fesenko, who was blasted by coach Sloan for "just going through the motions." Sloan said he needed to "learn to compete" after an Oct. 2009 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We've been together 18 years. . . . Even in a marriage, that's a long time."
Sloan 2002, speaking of his relationship with Karl Malone.
“Basically what we've been doing is playing in tuxedos.”
Said in 1997 after 13 straight wins. Sloan was worried about how the Jazz would respond to a good team after having things fairly easy.
“We're not a nasty team...I take full responsibility for that, because I haven't been, probably, nasty enough with them.”
Sloan said after a 113-100 loss at the start of a first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.
“Hey, get your ice picks out. Get all your stuff solved. Go out in the parking lot. Do whatever you have to do, to get all the nonsense taken care of, so we can play basketball. Let's get back to the business of basketball."
Said after a 2004 loss against Portland, setting the Jazz to two games under .500 for the first time that season, and marking their fourth loss in a row.
"That'll get you a toothpick and a glass of water when you're hungry... Nobody cares about that."
Said Nov. 2010 after pulling off three straight wins against the Clippers, Heat and Magic while trailing by 10 points or more at halftime. A feat no one had done since 1954.
"He came out kind of soft. I mean, I don't care if he's 19 or 30. If he's going to be on the floor in the NBA, he's got to be able to step up and get after it. We can't put diapers on him one night, and a jockstrap the next night. It's just the way it is."
Said by Sloan about C.J. Miles, age 19 then, right after a less than ideal performance in his second season.