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Isn’t It About Time To Honor Jerry Sloan?

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Very few coaches in the history of professional basketball have had the kind of record or the kind of longevity as Jerry Sloan. He has coached the Utah Jazz for 21 years, twice taking them to the national finals. This season the Jazz have racked up more than 50 wins, a feat that they have accomplished many times before. They have also been division champions several times. They have proven time and time again that they are a team to be reckoned with. And yet…
the man who has coached this team to such success has been overlooked repeatedly for the Coach Of The Year honor. It is disgraceful that the NBA has neglected to pay the respect that Jerry Sloan is so well deserving of. Coach Sloan had the distinction of becoming only the 5th coach in the history of the NBA to have over 1,000 wins and still this association honored men such as Cotton Fitzsimmons and Hubie Brown with not one, but two Coach Of The Year awards. What is up with that? Hopefully this year, the long drought will end and Coach Sloan will receive the honor he deserves and which has been well overdue in coming.

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